Scarborough’s cycling stars seal top awards

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11
Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

CATHERINE Williamson and David Thompson snapped up the top awards at last night’s Scarborough & District Sports Council Awards at The Spa.

Twenty-nine-year-old Williamson, who uses fell running as training for her main sport of cycling, won the Evening News-sponsored top female achiever award, while fellow cyclist Thompson, 43, was the top male achiever for a second successive year.

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

Unfortunately Catherine was unable to attend as she was competing in South Africa.

Over the past 12 months, the Whitby-based rider has represented Great Britain in the road cycling world championship road race in Australia. She finished 29th while working as support rider for team leader Nicole Cooke, who came home in fourth.

Williamson also competed in the world cycling championship in Copenhagen and came home in 82nd place in the elite women’s road race.

She also came third in the elite ladies section of the Cape Argus - the largest bike race in the world , and won the Mountain Bike Marathon Championship in South Africa, as well as several other high-quality races in South Africa. As a fell runner, Williamson has won several races, including the Bransdale, Gribdale and Guisborough Woods events.

Thompson, of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club, has also had another superb year, remaining unbeaten throughout 2011 at every distance - he has not lost a race since 2008.

The cycling star broke 24 club records set over 20 personal bests and earned 19 wins and 12 local trophies. At county level, Thompson was the best all-rounder and hill-climber, and won the 100-mile time trail in thre hours 47 minutes 15 seconds - the fastest 100-mile time by a veteran from the county since 1947.

He also snapped up 21 top-10 finishes in national veteran races at all distances and he is currently ranked 14th best British all-rounder.

Athletics star Bronwen Owen, from Thornton-le-Dale, claimed a deserved double win, earning the under-16s junior girls award and the Mavis Clayton Memorial Trophy.

The latter award is presented to the best overall winner from all categories, and is in memory of long-standing Executive Committee member Mavis Clayton, who sadly passed away in 2009.

The audience were also treated to a couple of superb dance routines by the Garage Dance Studio, which is based in Hunmanby, during the interval.

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