Calum Brown earns victory for Sheffield Hallam in thrilling Cross-Country Cycling Varsity contest

Written by James Wilson

It was Sheffield Hallam who came out on top in the Varsity Cross-Country Cycling on Sunday afternoon, with alumnus Calum Brown racing home first in stunning fashion.

On a beautiful day at Parkwood Springs, Brown was able to edge out University of Sheffield rivals Kieran Savage and Ollie Maynard in second and third place respectively to secure 0.5 points for Hallam in the Varsity competition.

Racing four laps of the course, Brown posted an impressive finish time of 34:00:63.

Savage was next over the line at 34:21:22, with third placed Maynard hot on his heels with a time of 34:27:88.

The Varsity race was very hotly contested, with each rider giving their all for their university team.

Race winner Calum Brown was delighted to return to a course at Parkwood Springs he has fond memories of from his time at university.

Brown said: “I’ve spent a lot of time on this track. Probably the last time I was on it was a couple of years ago so it’s sort of a blast from the past to be back.”

Brown also expressed his pleasure at being able to race on behalf of Sheffield Hallam.

He said: “It’s always good to represent Hallam. Hallam guys know how to have fun and it’s even better when we win.

“There was a good showing of Hallam colours today and it’s always nice to spend time on the track with the guys.”

The final standings of the riders was as follows: Calum Brown (1st), Kieran Savage (2nd), Ollie Maynard (3rd), Harry Lee (4th), Tristan Gale (5th), Hamish Huss (6th), Martin McBrinn (7th), Nat Patthamasing (8th), Tom Williams (9th), Josh Lewis (DNS).

Brown (centre) pictured alongside the other eight finishers in the Varsity race.

Sheffield’s Varsity competition continues, with the University of Sheffield currently leading Sheffield Hallam by eight points to five.

For more information about Varsity events, visit: https://sites.google.com/sheffield.ac.uk/sheffield-varsity/fixtures

Written by James Wilson

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