Cross: Whitehead wins Scottish League R3


Location: Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow
Event: 23 October 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports

Almost 300 riders tackled a muddy and – for some – rain-soaked round three of the Scottish League at Glasgow’s Mugdock Country Park on Sunday, where Dan Whitehead proved victorious in the senior race.

38-year-old Whitehead, from Ballater in Aberdeenshire, was initially at the front alongside rivals Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing) and Stephen Jackson (Glashow United CC).

But he was consistently lapping slightly quicker than his rivals, and by the third lap Jackson had dropped off the pace and Montgomerie was also struggling in the muddy conditions, with the rain which had threatened all day now drenching the riders.

By the ninth and final lap Whitehead was 38 seconds ahead of second-placed Montgomerie, while Jackson was now 2-34 behind in third.

The muddy conditions also took their toll on the veterans race, with several mechanicals and punctures forcing a few interesting sprint finishes. But Gary McRae (Leslie Bike Shop) took the win by just 16 seconds from team-mate John McCaffery, while GJS Racing’s Franco Porco was third.

With the veteran men's field separated from the W/V/J race, the women and juniors had plenty of space on course to rip it up - and they certainly did!

A sizeable field lined up for the youth race, with 40 riders benefitting from a fresh and fast course and some super-quick lap times were set.

In the Under 12, Under 10 and Under 8 races the course was extended from previous years' and the riders skill and fitness was well tested.

Finally, the Alpine Bikes Fastest Lap of the Day Award went to Calum MacGowan with a storming time of 5:57, which wins him a £50 Alpine Bikes voucher.


1 Dan Whitehead (unattached) 55:39
2 Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing UK) @ 38sec
3 Stevie Jackson (Glasgow United CC) @ 2:34
4 David Lines (Endura Pedal Power)
5 Craig Hardie (Hardie Bikes)
6 Hans Forhaug (Glasgow United CC)
7 Andy Wardman (VC Moulin)
8 Robert Friel (unattached)
9 Paul McInally (Rock and Road Cycles)
10 Roger Crawford (Tomac Monkeys)

1 Gary McCrae (Leslie Bike Shop) 38:28
2 John McCaffery (Leslie Bike Shop) @ 16sec
3 Franco Porco (GJS Racing) @ 1:03

Senior Women:
1 Maddie Robinson (VC Moulin)
2 Mona Petrie (HPR UK/DTCC)
3 Ruth Fraser-Moodie (Pedal Power RT)

Veteran Women:
1 Anne Murray (Square Wheels Cycles)
2 Brenda Callander (Stirling Bike Club)
3 Julie Nimmo (Walkers Cycling Club)

Junior Men:
1 Scott Lindsay (i-Cycles)
2 Craig Owen (Ronde Bikes)
3 Calum Foster (Leslie Bike Shop)
Junior Women: Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC).

U16 Boys:
1 Calum MacGowan (Alpine PCC)
2 Edward Fletcher (Cairngorm CC)
3 Francis Web (ERC/MCRT)

U16 Girls:
1 Jenna Fenwick (Stewarty Wheelers)
2 Erika Allan (Wallace Warriors)
3 Weina Hastings (Get Lost Collective)

U14 Boys:
1 Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes)
2 Jack Crombie (Cyclones)
3 Logan Dow (Wallace Warriors)

U14 Girls:
1 Emma Borthwick (Edinburgh RC)
2 Philippa Samphire (Wallace Warriors)
3 Katie Allan (Wallace Warriors)

U12 Boys:
1 Cameron Mason (West Lothian Warriors)
2 Ross Field (Wallace Warriors)
3 Robert Pernie (Edinburgh RC)

U12 Girls:
1 Ellie Park (Glasgow Riderz)
2 Anna Shackley (Glasgow Riderz)
3 Ruth Blaikie (West Lothian Clarion)

U10 Boys:
1 Callum Reid (Wallace Warriors)
2 Ruaridh Duncan (Wallace Warriors)
3 Thomas Eggleton (Glasgow Riderz)

U10 Girls:
1 Neive Docherty
2 Abby Stewart (Glasgow Riderz)
3 Rhona Samphier (Wallace Warriors)

U8 Boys:
1 Lewis Steel (Johnstone Jets)
2 Sam Chisolm (West Lothian Clarion)
3 Andrew Lenster (Middleden)

U8 Girls:
1 Anna Reid
2 Claire McNeish (Wallace Warriors)
3 Katherine MacLeod (Bronte Warriors)

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.