Home sweet home for BMX champs

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TOP flight BMX racing returned to Milton Keynes on Sunday with the running of the East Anglia Regional Championships – and the city had two winners.

Held at the Pineham BMX track, this was the first time in six years that Milton Keynes had hosted the prestigious event, and it proved to be a memorable day for teenagers Izzy Ferrada and Joe Sawyer, both from Newport Pagnell.

With slick organisation from MKBMX Racing Club, 149 riders took part in the event, some from as far afield as Cornwall, while the host city had 22 riders in action, with competition involving ages from under 10 to 50.

Sawyer took the honours in the male 16 years age category, while Ferrada was victorious in the 14/15 female group.

Other notable performances from city riders came from Jack Leahy who finishes 2nd in the male 8 years event and Sarah Fuller who was 3rd female in the over 25s.

Presentation of the trophies was made by Marie Collins MBE, chair of Sport Milton Keynes who have financially supported MKBMX in enabling improvements to be made to the start hill at the city track, plus new timing equipment and bursaries for some of the club’s most talented riders.

For Ferrada in particular, her latest regional title success is the icing on the cake of what has been a good year in which she has taken further steps towards her ultimate goal of representing Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games.

With dad Alex, the pair recently travelled to the Netherlands and Denmark to compete, and lifting the regional trophy is the least they deserve for their efforts.

Alex said: “Ultimately Izzy will be aiming to make the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and every title she wins gets her a little bit closer to doing that.

“Izzy has so many trophies that I’m not even sure how many times she has won this one, but it must be four or five times now!

“She will still only be 19 then and most BMX riders don’t reach their potential until their mid-20s so there is plenty to come from her yet.

“It’s expensive business to do what we do but we get help from various people, including Sport Milton Keynes and SportsAid, so we manage.”