DONAGHADEE teenager Checoby Rainey is the talk of the town after she became the Women’s British Motocross champion on board her 85BW bike.

The Bangor Academy student left the chasing pack in her dust as she finished top of the standings at the Brookthorpe Motocross Track in Gloucestershire at the end of a very competitive season at events across the UK.

Fifteen year-old Checoby also enjoyed success at last weekend’s UK Girls Nationals, where she achieved further podium places, and has completed two rounds of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) trials.

“It’s been a long time coming and she is ecstatic with it all,” said mum Julie on Checoby’s British title, adding that she came second in the same series last year.

“We have been getting the boat over to England each weekend for her to compete, we’re very lucky that the Academy are so accommodating.

“A lot of the younger girls have started coming along to her home club (MCCNI) – they all look up to her and point her out to their parents.”

The youngest of three children, Checoby is following in her father’s footsteps with her exploits in motocross, and will make the step up to the 125 class after she races in Cumbria this weekend.

North Down DUP MLA Stephen Dunne has congratulated Checoby Rainey on her success, saying: “I would like to wish Checoby a massive congratulations on her incredible achievement in becoming the 2023 85BW Women’s British Champion. 

“This spectacular achievement is the result of a combination of years of hard work and determination as well as Checoby’s natural skill and flair for the sport,” he added.

“Having met Checoby and her family, her passion for the sport is plain to see and I have every confidence that this result will be one of many achievements she will be able to add to her growing trophy cabinet in the years to come.

“I wish her well with her future endeavours and I hope she gets the opportunity to properly celebrate this big win with her extremely proud family, friends and many supporters.”