THREE Peebles mountain bikers helped Scotland East to gold last weekend at the Inter-Regional MTB Championships in Essex.

Anna McGorum, Elena McGorum and Corran Carrick-Anderson were all selected for the eight-strong Scotland East team.

They were joined by Anna Flynn (ERC), Mieke Kalmajin (Glasgow Riderzs), Charlie Aldridge (Stirling Bike Club), Rory McGuire (Lesley Bike Shop) and Roby Hearns in the Scotland East colours.

And coaching the youngsters was Tweed Valley ace Crawford Carrick-Anderson, with Ian Sikora acting as team manager.

A total of 14 teams converged on the 2012 Olympics course at Hadleigh Farm for the Championships, which always act as a focal point for the development of youth cycle racing within each of the regions of Great Britain.

Three days of action packed racing included a flat pedals skills competition, a hill climb race, Dirt Crits heats, a mixed team relay and a full cross country race. The cross country course included challenging technical sections with rocky gardens, energy sapping climbs and technical descents.

Scotland East's consistency and hard work delivered a well- deserved first ahead of Central and East Midlands.

For Peebles Cycling Club's Anna McGorum this was her last Inter-Regionals as she moves on to the Junior category next season.

The Peebles High pupil has taken part at the Inter-regional Championships for the last four years, with her team achieving an impressive second (2014) and three firsts in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Jonte Williams from Peebles was included in the Scotland West team which finished in sixth place.

Both Scottish teams were commended by their coaches and team managers, not only for their superb results, but also for their efforts and attitudes.