Downhill all the way for Denholm biking boys

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.