GALLERY: Weston Beach Race

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:59 18 October 2015

Beach Race, photo by Paul Cousins

Beach Race, photo by Paul Cousins

THE RHL Weston Beach Race was as competitive as ever, with a crowd of nearly 100,000 people watching 1,500 riders – both amateur and professional – battle it out on the dunes at the weekend.

Fancy dress costumes were in abundance and the RHL beach shuttle bus was popular, ferrying spectators from one end of Weston-super-Mare’s seafront to the other, as the competitors tackled the notoriously tricky course, which is now in its 33rd year.

Brothers Nathan and Ben Watson finished first and second in the adult solo race, with other winners including Sam Price, Oliver Betton, Eddie Jay Wade and Derry Milling, who won the over-40s race.

The October weather was as pleasant as could be expected and the crowds flocked for the main event on Sunday, as Gareth Hockey – director of race organiser RHL Activities – said the race had hit an all-time high.

He said: “This is the best Weston I’ve done in the last eight years, I would have to say the attitude of the riders and everyone involved has been fantastic and I really am looking forward to do it all again at the same time next year.

“Everything has been positive, the council have been really supportive and in general the racing has probably been one of the best in a long time.

“I want to thank everyone involved in making this event so amazing, everyone in the team that has helped me put it on, North Somerset Council, to every person who has put their hand on a barrier, riders and the thousands of spectators. See you all in 2016.”

For adult solo race winner Nathan Watson, the weekend marked a long-awaited win after he narrowly missed out 12 months ago.

He said: “I’m just so relieved. I had no clutch for the last half an hour, so I was just trying to get to the end.

“To control it through the ruts and everything was so difficult, and I stalled it loads of times, so I was relieved to get to the end.

“I made three stops, which all went well and I’m pleased we did it. I’ve never won here before; I ran out of fuel last year and finished fourth, so it was really nice to win it.”

Meanwhile, six-year-old Liam Jones took part in his first youth quad race, while some riders tackled the course wearing suits and ties, and others chose Scooby-Doo outfits.

Aside from the main races, there was plenty to enjoy for spectators on a bright and breezy weekend at the seafront.

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