International joy for BMX riders

From the left, Ross Cullen, Eleana Stafford, Alex Brookes and Felix Twitchett

From the left, Ross Cullen, Eleana Stafford, Alex Brookes and Felix Twitchett

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A renowned local BMX racing club is celebrating yet more success on the international stage.

Riders from Preston Pirates travelled to Rotterdam, in Holland, to take part in this year’s World BMX Racing Championships.

And the club can boast four members who finished in the top eight or better in their respective age categories.

Eleven-year-old Alex Brookes and Felix Twitchett (7) were the highest-placed finishers from the club. They both achieved a fantastic fifth place and were awarded World Plates for their performances.

Another young Preston star to receive a plate was 13-year-old Eleana Stafford, who raced to a super sixth position, while Ross Cullen – also 13 – was in fine form to finish eighth in his particular age category.

Chairman of Preston Pirates Ian Brookes said: “It was the biggest World Champ-ionships ever with more than 3,000 riders in total competing from young children, right up to 
adults.

“Twenty-five riders went from our club and for us to have four riders in the top eight in the world is a fantastic achievement.”

Preston Pirates is based at Fishwick Recreation Ground, in London Road. For more information, access www.prestonpiratesbmxclub.com.