Mountain Bike Championship comes to Selkirk

Around 800 racers competed in the Selkirk Mountain bike Marathon races Credit: ITV News Border

The British Mountain Bike Championships have taken place in the countryside around Selkirk, as part of the Mountain Bike Marathon races.

Elite racers from team GB were amongst the top athletes to enjoy some of the best tracks and trails the Border region has to offer the sport.

The race was a grueling 75km with around 7590ft of ascent, which the elite men managed in under 4 hours.

The race started in Selkirk town centre, where businesses got into the spirit with bike themed window displays Credit: Durty Events

The most exciting race was arguably the women's, where Scotland's winner Kerry MacPhee faced hot competition from big names in the mountain biking world, Lee Cragie coming in 2 minutes behind her at 4 hours 33.

In the men's race, Ben Thomas clinched victory with a time of 3 hours and 36 minutes, closely followed over the finish line by Dan Fleeman, Giles Drake and Ian Field.

Mountain Biker Rab Wardell looking focused before the race Credit: Durty Events

The Selkirk Mountain Marathon races also featured 75km, 50km and 25km races for other mountain bike enthusiasts too. Around 800 people entered, with around 600 turning up to compete on the day.

The Tweed Valley is in the top 5 destinations in the world for mountain biking and it's estimated to be worth £330million to Scotland's annual economy.

The winner came over the finish line in 3 hours 46 minutes Credit: ITV News Border