Downhill all the way for Denholm biking boys

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Two best friends from Denholm Primary School are accelerating through the ranks of national mountain biking competitions, writes Lorna Robertson.

William Brodie, 11, and 10-year-old Hector Patterson have both won big events, the first of which saw William recently crowned Borders Mini Downhill age-group champion.

William’s mum Georgina said: “He’s always been into cycling and mountain biking since his stabilisers came off at three-and-a-half but the speed he’s improving at now is amazing [and] I’m so proud.”

Hector’s mum Julie added: “I’m so glad Hector is doing so well, but I have to look the other way at times [because] it can be quite scary!”

The two lads have competed in various other events this year including the World Cup in Fort William, where Hector finished second in his age group.