Injuries mar CHR’s season

James Purvis 2012 Juvenile National Champion
James Purvis 2012 Juvenile National Champion

The races have been coming thick and fast recently for Wooler-based Team CHR with mixed fortunes and a lot of injuries.

Out injured at the moment are Russel Walsh with a broken collarbone sustained at the Scottish Championships at Fort William, Mark Sinclair, with a broken arm from the endurance downhill at Fort William and Alan Turnbull with a broken leg sustained at the Northern Downhill Yorkshire Championships.

James Purvis has also had a spell on the sidelines with a broken hand and Shane Craig has spent time in Ninewells hospital Dundee after a crash at a Scottish race at Dunkeld so all in all not the best of seasons for injuries for the team.

But there has also been some great racing and results, with the undoubted highlight of the season so far being Purvis becoming the UK National Juvenile Downhill Champion for 2012 by winning his category at the British Downhill Series UK National Championships at Moelfre in Wales by over 4.5secs just three weeks after breaking his hand.

Results – Juveniles: James Purvis 1st, 2.54.061; Juniors: Joe Mallen 38th, 2.56.089; Seniors: Shane Craig 7th, 2.49.273; Masters: Rob Tait 9th, 2.56.189; Experts: Thomas Pollock 12th, 2.42.315; Steven Turnbull 39th, 2.53.176 (no chain).

Other races and results: Scottish Championships Fort William – a big entry full of top Scottish talent at this one and another great result for Thomas Pollock.

Juniors: John Shiell 15th, 6.02.230; Joe Mallen 20th, 6.07.296. Senior Men: Thomas Pollock 12th, 5.22.042. Masters: Mark Sinclair 9th, 6.20.851.

UK Gravity Enduro Rd4 Eastridge (Shropshire) – a full entry of 350 riders. Seniors –James Knowles retired with a mechanical while holding a top 10 position. Veterans – Michael Strangeways 19th, 17m 10s.

Northern Downhill Yorkshire Champs, Alwinton

Great podium results for the teams, especially James Purvis and Thomas Pollock. Juvenile: James Purvis 1st, 1.48.611. Juniors: Corey Anderson 11th, 2.55.395. Master: Rob Tait 4th, 1.59.929. Expert: Thomas Pollock 2nd, 1.43.557, Steven Turnbull 4th, 1.48.720.