Local vaulters riding high in British Championships

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RESTON-based Reivers Vaulting Group had a successful British Championships – held in the Yorkshire village of Bishop Burton.

Rebecca Kinghorn of Greenlaw was crowned the 2011 under-14 girls’ British champion.

On board Aspen Delikat, she led all three rounds and put in a really solid freestyle to finish the clear winner. Reserve champion was Shannon Purves of Lauder, also on Aspen Delikat, who gained her highest freestyle scores and also put on three good performances. Both girls were lunged by Rebecca Morgan. Jeannie Robertson finished in ninth place with Sophie Aitchison in 10th, both on the The Big Yin, lunged by Julie Purves.

This is always the biggest class of the day with 27 entries.

In the under-14 male section Charlie Lochead, of Leitholm, finished in third place on The Big Yin, lunged by Anna-Marie Macpherson.

Ross Foreman of Duns regained his senior male title with a solid set of compulsories and an entertaining set of freestyles. He vaulted on The Big Yin, lunged by Julie Purves.

In the junior female section, Stacey Macpherson (Eccles) finished in third place on Aspen Delikat and was delighted to finish on an overall score of 7.036.

The Reivers novice team had a few last-moment changes of vaulters, but nonetheless put on a great performance to finish fourth. The team – Tara Aitchison, Emma Counsell, Imogen Johnstone Jones, Henry Johnston Smith, Chloe Aitchison and Gabrielle Purves – vaulted on Bart Simpson, lunged by Rebecca Morgan.

The last class of the day was the walk individual class, in which Gabrielle Purves did a lovely freestyle to finish in second place. Chloe Aitchison was ninth and Henry Johnston Smith was 11th out of 18 vaulters. They all vaulted on Bart Simpson, lunged by Anna Marie Macpherson.

The competitive season has now finished, but winter training continues at Sunnyside Farm, Reston, on Monday and Thursday nights, from 5pm to 6.30pm.