British Cycling had also been charged with health and safety breaches after Judith Garrett was killed in 2014

Organisers and officials at a downhill mountain bike event in Wales have been cleared of health and safety charges relating to the death of a spectator in August 2014 when she was hit by a competitor who had lost control of his bike after landing a jump.

Judith Garrett, aged 29, attended the Borderline UK DH Series event at Tan y Craig Farm near Llangollen, Denbighshire to watch her boyfriend Peter Walton compete.

She sustained head injuries when she was struck by competitor Andrew Cody, the impact throwing her backwards against a tree, and was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent but died there the following day.

Event organiser Michael Marsden had been charged under health and safety legislation of failing to conduct the event in such a way that people were not exposed to risk, reports BBC News.

He said he had carried out a course inspection to identify possible hazards, and said that in places where someone might come off their bike the course was widened so they would remain on it.

Meanwhile, British Cycling was charged with failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure the health and safety of people attending.

In its defence, the organisation said that it had no responsibility for the event, with the paperwork being handled by Welsh Cycling which operates as an independent and distinct entity.

Both were found not guilty by a jury at Mold Crown Court on Tuesday.

Their acquittal follows a not guilty verdict last week for marshal Kevin Duckworth, who had been charged with failing to take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of others.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.