Children and women give Cyclocross a go in Linlithgow

A racer going down a muddy hill
A racer going down a muddy hill

Youngsters and women were invited to pedal their way up steep hills and across muddy terrain as they attempted a Cyclocross race for the first time.

The event was the first of the season for West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club and saw over 200 competitors battle it out for a podium place at the annual Last Gasp Cyclocross Race at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.

The race was designed to encourage youths and women to saddle up and give the sport a go.

Fifty women who had never raced before turned up and after two hours of coaching put the pedal to the metal across the slippery and muddy course.

Female club coach Diane Clayton Chisholm said: “It was fantastic to play a part in introducing the women to cyclocross racing and I was delighted by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone involved.

“Everyone gave it their best effort and, more importantly, had lots of fun. This just shows what a great venue this place will become once the Kettleston project is developed.”

Organiser Alan Massey said: “This year’s event was the best yet.”

Money was also raised to aid the Anne Konishi Memorial Fund.