Cross: Drake wins North West Lge Round 12

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Location: Stadt Moers Country Park, Whiston, Liverpool
Event: 20 November 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports

Notching up his third league win in a row, Giles Drake (Team Elite) won the 12th round of the North West League promoted by Liverpool Mercury CC at Stadt Moers Country Park in Whiston on Sunday.

Drake, 27 and from the Wirral, edged ahead of Herbalife-Wheelbase rival Thomas Armstrong by inches to take the win and add to his overall points tally for the league.

Armstrong, 17 and from Preston, rode superbly to stay with Drake, but just couldn’t round his rival in the sprint for the line.

The pair were head and shoulders above the rest of the 112-strong field, which was a record for a Liverpool Mercury event.

Third spot went to Drake’s team-mate Paul Bethell, who was more than three minutes back, and held off Cycle Sport Pendle’s Martin Woffindin for the final podium spot.

Meanwhile, a donation was made by each rider for Reg Stanistreet of the promoting club, who is still seriously injured in Southport Spinal Unit following a simple fall on his bike eight weeks ago.


1 Giles Drake (Team Elite) 1:08:07
2 Thomas Armstrong (Herbalife Wheelbase) @ same time
3 Paul Bethell (Team Elite) @ 3:10
4 Martin Woffindin (Cycle Sport Pendle) @ 3:16
5 Peter Middleton (Zepnat RT) @ 3:43
6 Adrian Lawrence (Team Bglobal)
7 Peter Wilbraham (Team Elite)
8 Nick Shaughnessy (Dutch and Wolf)
9 John Shaw (Dutch and Wolf)
10 Jerrod Hartley (Horwich CC)
Juniors: Tom Armstrong. Under-23s: Martin Woffindin. Veterans: Peter Middleton. Women: Becky Preece (Red Rose Olympic).

1 Fabian Brennan (Salt Ayre Cog Set) 31:59
2 Robert Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC)
3 Oliver Payton (Cycle Sport Pendle)
4 Thomas Owens (Mid-Shropshire Wheelers)
5 Jessica Wilkinson (Birkenhead North End CC)
6 Matthews Walls (Velocity)
Girls: Jessica Wilkinson. Under-14s: Thomas Owens.

1 Nathan Hawthorn (Cycle Sport Pendle)
2 Craig Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC)
3 Alistair Leivers (BYCA)
Girls: Kim Baptista (Eastlands Velo).

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.