24 Jul Craven & Murray optician scoops national cycling medal among Olympic competitors
Lewis Craven, owner and full-time optometrist at Craven & Murray Opticians in Rochdale and a keen amateur cyclist, has won a prestigious cycling medal, beating professional athletes to the podium. The National Cyclo-Cross Championships took place in Abergavenny, Wales earlier this year, where professional and amateur cyclists line up together for the race made up of laps around a cross-country course.
During the race, Lewis crept into the top ten after the first few laps, taking pole position for part of the event, ahead of Olympic cyclists and previous national champions. Lewis, an amateur cyclist, squeezed his training in around work and family life and finished in third place, beaten only by two professional cyclists: Ian Field, the three-time defending National Cyclo-Cross champion and Liam Killeen who represented Great Britain as the sole male cross-country rider in the London 2012 Olympics. Lewis Craven, owner of Craven & Murray Opticians, said: “The National Cyclo-Cross Championships was a fantastic experience and to come in third place and receive the bronze medal after two professional cyclists is just incredible.
“I had finished sixth overall in the National Cyclo-Cross Series that was held over the winter comprising six events throughout the country, so I went into this competition expecting to come in a similar position. I would have been absolutely thrilled with sixth, so to come third overall is a great achievement for me. I’ve been working hard to fit my training in around running my own business where I work full time, and spending time with my family. It’s been a tough ride, but the medal has made it so worth it. I’ll be back in Craven & Murray Opticians tomorrow morning though, the world doesn’t stop because I’ve achieved one of my cycling goals!”
To find out more about Craven & Murray Opticians, visit call 01706 641 138. For more information about the British National Cyclo-Cross Championships visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/cyclocross