Windermere schoolboy Leon Parker has become the under-10 North West Cyclocross League champion, as well as the North of England champion.

Parker, a pupil at the Elleray Campus of Windermere School and a former UK BMX British and National champion, has been racing in the North West Cyclocross League this winter.

Thanks to his remarkable record of 11 wins out of the 13 races in his age group, he took the league title in his category.

Parker was also crowned as the North of England champion after his recent victory in the North of England Cyclocross Championships, which were held at Peel Park in Bradford.

This event was a one-off event and included competitors from the Yorkshire and North East regions, as well as the North West.

The course itself tests even the most experienced of riders and has been described as one of the best courses in the country.

Parker got off to a fantastic start, racing into an early lead in difficult conditions. Despite stiff competition, he was able to hold on to his lead all the way to the finish.

Parker, who is a member of Salt Ayre Cog Set, a cycling club for 6-18-year-olds, now has tour racing firmly in his sights.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the cyclocross racing series. It’s pretty tricky with lots of obstacles, but it’s great fun.

“The league only runs in autumn and winter, so in spring and summer I want to take part in some tours, so I will need to train hard.”

Stuart Parker, Leon’s father, is very proud of his son’s achievements, saying: “We’re absolutely thrilled for Leon.

“He has worked very hard to improve his cyclocross skills, so to become the North West League champion and North of England Cyclocross champion are fantastic achievements.

“He loves riding his bikes and is already preparing for the road racing season.”