Claire stays on track with second-placed finish

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Hemel Hempstead rider Claire Morrison continued her promising start to the season with a podium finish at the second national meet of the year.

Mum-of-one Claire was looking to build on her performance from the first meet of the campaign and put in a strong and disciplined display to come home in second place.

“I rode so much better and had put right the mistakes of last time,” said Claire.

“I still have a few more things to work on before the next meet in March but I’m happy with the progress so far.”

Hayes Hawks Club rider Claire, who races in the ladies’ over-30 category, made a good start to her latest race in Manchester, and was neck-and-neck with eventual winner Nikki Spiers at the first bend.

Spiers managed to secure the inside path and opened up a narrow advantage over Claire, while the Hemel rider comfortably broke away from the rest of the field after a multi-bike crash at the final bend.

Spiers kept her composure to take first place, and Claire was more than happy to settle for second.

She is now looking forward to the rest of the season and will be busy preparing for her upcoming races.

“I’m off to Birmingham training this weekend, then back up to Manchester to get some practice in before the next national,” said Claire.

“Then, on March 18 – the week before the national – I’m off to race in Lumbres in France.”