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    Windy conditions make hill climb a challenge at Ditcham Park School

    Monday 8th July 2013

    For the fourth year in succession Ditcham Park School played host to the British Schools’ Cycling Association National Hill Climb Time Trial.

    One hundred and sixty competitors aged between 5 and 18 years from all over the UK and Channel Islands, descended on the school for the challenging 3 mile ride, and what a challenge it turned out to be. High winds meant that two-thirds of the course was exposed to a strong cross wind whilst the last mile was straight into a head wind gusting at up to 40mph. The riders showed great determination and courage in achieving the times that they did in these conditions.

    Thirty-four pupils from Ditcham Park School took part, the youngest being 5 year old Annie Rowley, daughter of Head Teacher Andrew Rowley, and the oldest 16 year old Charles Horner.

    Ditcham pupils won the U15 Girls’ Team Gold with individual honours going to Indi Rowley (Gold) and Hannah Fearn (Silver), whilst the Over 15 Boys achieved Team Gold with Will Fourie, Charles Horner and Ben Williams in the saddle.

    In the U13 Girls’ race Emily Luke picked up the Bronze medal and Ditcham’s fastest pupil on the course was 14 year old Will Prior who achieved a time of 10.04 in his first season of cycling.

    The fastest time of the day was achieved in the U15 Boys’ race by Zak Corum-Haines from Downlands School, Hassocks, West Sussex who achieved 8.43 in the high winds.

    Competitors from schools in Jersey featured strongly winning the U7 Girls’ team Gold and individual Gold, the U7 Boys’ individual Gold, the U9 Girls’ individual Gold and the U13 Boys’ Team Gold and Individual Gold.

    Every single competitor and their parents and supporters were treated to a free BBQ and Head Teacher Andrew Rowley said: “It was an extremely challenging ride for all the competitors this year and I congratulate them all on their fine efforts. I am delighted that we were able to welcome so many cycling enthusiasts to our school and thank you to all the officials who worked tirelessly at running a safe and enjoyable race. A special thanks to our head of cycling, Mr Will Stretch, who has successfully grown the sport of cycling at Ditcham and strengthened our hosting of this Annual National event for over the last 4 years.”