PEEBLESSHIRE has a new British champion.

And his sister narrowly missed out on making it a historic double.

Corran Carrick-Anderson, who had celebrated his birthday just a couple of days earlier, timed his race to perfection at the National Cyclo-cross Championships in Kent to strike gold in the Under 16s race.

Around 80 of the top riders from around the UK lined up for the Championship.

The 16-year-old member of Peebles Cycling Club was trailing long-time leader Finlay Pickering going into the final gruelling lap.

And Joe Kiely of Welwyn Wheelers was also in contention as the three front runners fought it out over the last mile.

It was only on the bunny hopping and hurdles around 400 metres from the line that Corran sprung a gap to take the title.

Corran told us: “I took myself by surprise.

"It’s amazing to win – I wasn’t expecting it.

"I was hopeful after last weekend, but I had no idea what was going to happen.

"I got a little gap over Fin and managed to keep it until the end.

"I’m really excited to wear those stripes for the rest of the season.”

The Under 14s Girls' Championship proved just as exciting with 45 leading riders on the starting grid.

Corran's 13-year-old sister, Emily, was in contention throughout.

But approaching the closing stages it was Leicester's Libby Bell who managed to open a gap and claim the title ahead of Emily in second.

Fellow Peebles Cycling Club member Christina McGorum finished in ninth.

Corran, Emily and Christina will all be back in the saddle this week as they begin preparations for the mountain bike cross country season.