Lawrence wins at Manchester Madness

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Location: Boggart Hole Clough Park, Manchester
Event: 26th July 2011
Report: Jason Wiltshire

Round 5 and back to Boggart Hole Clough in somewhat drier conditions than last time MTB Madness visited.

A smaller field turned out for this round, possibly due to the school holidays along with an absence of any cyclo-cross and female riders, but the racing was aggressive nonetheless with Adrian Lawrence returning after his absence, some new faces and Tom Albutt fresh from his recent Brownback's win.

The race started quickly on the dry course and towards the end of the first lap small groups were already starting to form. Lawrence and Hopkinson were slightly in front of a pack that included Albutt, Wells, Hunt, Evans and Humphries. Tonge burped a tyre on the first lap and was languishing slightly behind before stopping to inflate.

The battle up front was one that was to last the whole race as Lawrence and Hopkinson worked together to build a sizeable advantage over the rest of the field. Albutt managed to stay within seconds of them for a number of laps but could not bridge across. Behind, Hunt was pressing on in fourth and seemed comfortable until a crash towards the end of the race dropped him back a place. This was seized upon by Daniel Wells who had ridden a consistently quick race throughout.

Evans was forced back with a mechanical midway through and it was mechanical problems that were to decide the final outcome as Hopkinson had front changer problems in the latter stages. In a show of sportsmanship, Lawrence waited for Hopkinson but once realising that they were both in danger of being reeled in by Albutt, Lawrence pushed on for the win.

It was a race that saw some of the most hotly contested battles of the series and the action returns to the Chorlton Water Park for round 6, scene of the biggest round to date on a fast and technical flat course.

Result│Full Result

1. Adrian Lawrence (Team Bglobal)
2. John Hopkinson (Aire Valley Racing Team)
3. Tom Albutt
4. Daniel Wells
5. Roy Hunt (Colnago - Microshift - Skins)
6. Graham Bryce (G M C Fire Services)
7. Jack Humphreys (Wheelbase.co.uk/Cannondale)
8. Paul Kelsall
9. Joseph Heywood
10. Mark O'Connel

Overall Standings

  Name Points
1. Roy Hunt 474
2. Adrian Lawrence 398
3. Tom Albutt 394
4. Jack Humphreys 376
5. Keith Bailey 372
6. Jason Tongue 346
7. Dean Harwood 340
8. Paul Kelsall 316
9. Rob Allen 288
10. David Kent 274
11. Stuart Ormes 260
12. Simon Vazquez 252
13. Colin Humphreys 242
14. Richard Gaskill 220
15. Ally Wight 214
16. Chris Farley 212
17. Mike Cleary 192
18. Charles Beech 188
19. John Mackeller 184
20. Graham Bryce 176
21. Luke Beswick 176
22. Jon Gilday 174
23. Phil Dikes 170
24. Peter Reid 166
25. Mark Keegan 160
26. Mark Spittlehouse 158
27. Sean Beswick 154
28. Scott Wilson 152
29. Joe Heywood 146
30. Mark Oconnell 142
31. Andy Harwood 140
32. Darren O'Toole 136
33. Jools Chesters 128
34. Paul Attack 126
35. Neil Evans 119
36. Mark Lenderyan 116
37. Paul Rocklife 110
38. John Hopkinson 98
39. Pete Midd 98
40. Pete Wilbraham 96
41. Richard Smith 96
42. Pat Rowland 95
43. Dan Wells 94
44. Gareth Coleman 92
45. Paul Whittaker 90
46. Greg McNally 88
47. Mick Style 88
48. Wight Ally 88
49. Jonathan Kewyon 86
50. Craig Blain 84
51. Luke Webber 82
52. Dan Small 80
53. David Langridge 80
54. Nick Budworth 80
55. Paul Baillie 77
56. Andy McKay 76
57. Andy Cookson 74
58. Mike Style 72
59. Andrew McKay 70
60. David Hawkins 70
61. Neil Atkinson 68
62. Geoff Robinson 65
63. Tony Ormes 64
64. Richard Barrett 62
65. Anna Buick 60
66. Kevin Korwell 56
67. Peter Shelly 54
68. Ann Cook 52
69. David Eastham 52
70. Duncan Astle 50
71. John Bradley 50
72. Micheal Brier 50
73. Stuart Nicol 48
74. Edward Ingham 46
75. Peter Seddon 46
76. Jack Roebuck 44
77. Chris Bard 42
78. Richard Vasey 42
79. Pete Howarth 41
80. Richard Lilly 41
81. George Lovell 40
82. Simon Ainscough 40
83. Charlie Evans 38
84. Andrew Wheeler 36
85. Colin Flinn 36
86. Jo Holden 36
87. Pete Shelley 36
88. Paul Carrington 34
89. Andy Beech 32
90. Cathy Atkinson 32
91. Charles 32
92. Tim Fletcher 32
93. Colin Yeo 30
94. Tim Stanley 30
95. Ian Ainscough 29
96. Michael Briggs 29
97. Mark Bielby 28
98. Adrian Benson 26
99. Edward Chesher 22
100. Josh Haldren 22
101. Tricia Quirke 22
102. Justin Howlutt 20
103. Simon Rothwell 18
104. Liam England 16
105. Simon Fairclough 16
106. Alex Horsley 14
107. Ian Horridge 6
108. Jon Board 1
109. Lisa Foster 1
110. Mark Fearnley 1