A cyclist from The Nicolson Institute, Thomas Sludden (S4), has finished his mountain-biking season ranked first in the North of Scotland and fifth overall in Scotland in his category.

In his recent race at Glentress Forest near Peebles, part of the Scottish Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships, he finished second.

Thomas, who races under the banner of the Hebridean Cycle Club, completed three laps of the Glentress Forest circuit in 55 minutes and 28 seconds to gain his place.

Announcing the news on Monday October 29th, The Nicolson Institute said: “The achievement is particularly impressive as he has only competed in three out of five races in the qualifying series, due to the time and cost involved with travelling to events.”

Thomas is very grateful to Lewis and Harris Sports Council, Robert Doig Optometrists and the Hebridean Cycle Club for funding and for accompanying him on trips to the mainland.