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Around 50 riders took part in the second West Lothian Clarion Youth event of the season – a series of grass track races held at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.

The “Lithgae Velodrome”, an oval track marked out by West Lothian Council and maintained by an enthusiastic team led by Mike Mason, was in perfect condition as riders and their parents queued to sign on for the event.

A one-lap time trial kicked things off, which would both earn riders points and determine seeding for subsequent races.

Cameron Mason (Youth B) led the field with a cracking time of 21.3 seconds, whilst Finn Mason (Youth E) signalled his intentions for the evening by racing round in just 24.2 seconds. Elsewhere, Ryan Ewing (24.5), Alison Bryce (24.7), Max Guthrie (25.3) and Abbie Mason (25.5) all clocked impressive times.

The seeding decided, next up was a series of scratch races with the number of laps determined by each age category.

Youth E boys and girls rode two laps, with Ellie Hamilton producing a strong performance to fend off the challenge of Megan Wansborough for the girls and Finn Mason powering home ahead of Rory Martin and Finlay Turner for the boys.

Youth D riders faced the challenge of four laps and there were some fantastic individual showings from both the boys and girls. For the girls, Abbie Mason showed great endurance to edge past Daisy Wilson, whilst Max Guthrie came out on top against Andrew Turner, who had done well to recover following an earlier crash.

The last scratch race involved the Youth B and C riders together and took place over eight laps. The pace was slow at first, with none of the riders keen to commit themselves too early. That soon changed however when Michael Brocklebank made a break for it, but he was quickly pulled back in by Cameron Mason, Alex Ball and Erica Oxley. There was a real battle for supremacy in the Youth C boys race, where Christopher Hordon just had the legs to outpace Alex Ball.

Youth coach Simon Fagan said: “It was a great event – the track was perfect and the weather was kind to us too. We are averaging 50 riders for each race which is a sign of how far we have come as a club. Everyone who took part ended the evening with a big smile on their face and that for us is what it’s all about.”

Fellow coach Diane Chisholm said: “I thought the kids performed really well. As the club’s only female coach, I was especially proud of how well our girls rode. They are really developing their skills and are giving the boys a run for their money!”

Club president David Mason thanked everyone who came along to the “fabulous event”, 
including the volunteer parents, the riders and all those who organise the races.