JAMES Hayward was the first senior home in the Open Hill Climb at Shelsley Walsh.

More than 80 cyclists tackled the tough 1000-yard long course with youngsters taking part in the event’s first under-12s competition.

Hayward posted a time of 2.43 with Phil Whitely (3.07) taking the accolade of first veteran. First juveline/junior was Jamie Crump (2.51) and first lady was Joanne Jago (3.55).

Max Hinds won male under-14s (7.15) with Sophie Heighton topping the female section in the same age group (5.55).

The prestigious event was organised by Worcester St John’s Cycling Club, Wyre Forest Cycle Racing Club and Midland Automobile Club for the fourth year running.

It is promoted for and on behalf of Cycling Time Trials and has attracted riders from as far away as Guernsey as well as dozens of local clubs.

“Our cyclists had wonderful weather, a fantastic location with superb competition,” said event secretary Rick Allen.

“Five categories of riders rode out of their skins on this testing hill to provide an epic event.

"We are very grateful for the support we received from our timekeepers and from the Midland Automobile Club who open the venue for us each year. We certainly hope to be back in 2019.”

A dozen youngsters – the majority members of Worcester St John’s Cycling Club – entered the shortened under-12s version of the hill climb organised for the first time by Martin Staines.

Prizes at the event included the Sunnycam Cup for the fastest rider with unique racing tops for fastest lady, under-14s, juvenile, veteran and senior and some cash prizes too.

The climb took place on the world-famous motor racing course that has seen 113 years of motorsport history since 1905.