Pollock pulls away for maiden league victory

Bourne Wheelers Campbell Pollock and Tim James
Bourne Wheelers Campbell Pollock and Tim James
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BOURNE Bullets youth 10-mile champion Campbell Pollock scored his maiden cyclo-cross victory with a dominant, controlled display in the seventh round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League at Louth on Sunday.

After a strong start he and teammate Tim James gradually pulled away from the field of 18 riders, with Campbell continually pressing on the front.

Eventually Campbell pulled away on a long downhill section to ride the final three laps on his own, finishing 34 seconds ahead of Tim.

The Bourne pair were a class apart from their rivals with Tim a whole minute clear of the next competitor.

Once again though it wasn’t just at the front that the Bullets were showing the colours. One of the features of the year has been the numbers representing the club and this round of the league was no exception with five riders in the race, the highest participating team.

Aaron Bateman was the next Bourne rider home, finishing in 10th, with improving performances from Maddie Gammons and Joseph Collins in 13th and 16th respectively.

The U12 race again saw a very young team from the Bullets with an average age of just seven.

Cameron Nielson was again the pick of Bourne’s quartet, finishing in 7th.

Alex Galpin placed with 12th, with Alexander Gammons in 17th and Dan Galpin in 18th.

Last up to race were the seniors and Bourne’s two riders Bart Kieres and Phil Galpin both had excellent races on what was becoming an arduous course as the tracks had begun to cut up badly as the racing progressed. Bart placed 19th and Phil 43rd out of the 63 starters.

While her teammates were performing so well in the east of the county, Sian Botteley was representing the East Midlands region in the Inter Regional Cross Championships at Milton Keynes.

She put in an excellent performance in what she described as “the hardest race of my life”, to finish 15th out of the 43 starters. She was the third team rider to finish and high enough to help her team take the silver medal.