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Default WHOOPS! Organisers of mountain bike race where spectator was killedto stand trial in June

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Organisers of mountain bike race where spectator was killed to stand trial in June

The British Cycling Federation, an official and a marshal deny health and safety breaches in relation to the death of Judith Garrett at Llangollen
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North Wales Daily Post
18:25, 19 DEC 2017
NEWS
The organisers of a mountain biking event in which a spectator died will stand trial in June.

Judith Garrett, 29, died after being struck by an out of control cycle at the Borderline Downhill Series Mountain Biking race in Llangollen in August 2014.

Not guilty pleas were previously entered in September by the British Cycling Federation, an official and a marshal at the event.

They are being prosecuted by Denbighshire County Council.
Judith Garrett, who died after being struck by a mountain bike during the Llangollen bike race in August 2014, with her boyfriend Pete Walton

The case was mentioned at Mold Crown Court this afternoon when various directions for the case were made.

Family of woman killed at bike race in court to see organisers face charges over her death

Judge Rhys Rowlands confirmed that the trial would take place on June 4.

Miss Garrett was at the race to watch her boyfriend Pete Walton compete.

The charge against The British Cycling Federation, based at Stuart Street in Manchester, alleges that on August 31, 2014, at Tan y Craig Farm in Llangollen, it failed to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure the health and safety of people attending.
The organisers of a Llangollen mountain bike race in which spectator Judith Gartett, pictured, died, appeared in court. Pictured top right is Michael John Marsden and Kevin Ian Duckworth

Race official Michael Marsden, 40, of Gressingham Drive in Lancaster, is alleged to have failed to conduct the event in such a way that people including Miss Garrett were not exposed to risk.

Judith Garrett: Tributes to Llangollen mountain bike race victim

It is alleged that he failed to ensure the safety of spectators at the competition and failed to provide marshals with adequate training regarding the safety of spectators.

The final charge against him alleges that he failed to report the death of Miss Garrett at the competition.

A marshal, Kevin Ian Duckworth, 41 of Addison Street in Accrington, Lancashire, is alleged to have failed to ensure that his health and safety duties as a marshal were complied with.

Ms Garrett was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke but died the following day from major head injuries.
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