Cross: Ward wins CXNE League Round Eight

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Location: Curwen Hall, Workington, Cumbria
Event: 20 November 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports


Steven Ward (MTS Cyclesport) secured an emphatic victory in the eighth round of the Cyclo-Cross North East League held in the shadows of the historic Curwen Hall in Workington, Cumbria on Sunday.

He crossed the line 1:23 ahead of Keith Murray (Hope Factory Racing), while Beacon Wheelers’ Morgan Donnelly was third.

A healthy field of 69 riders started the main race under beautiful autumn conditions. The racing was fast and aggressive from the start, with a group of six going clear before the end of the first lap.

Ward and Murray soon created a gap and by the end of the third lap, Ward was away on his own and led for the remainder of the race.

A heated battle started to take place behind the leading two between the host club’s Keith Ashbridge (VC Cumbria), Morgan Donnelly (Beacon Wheelers), Matt Flynn (Team Wallis), Malcolm Lewis (MTS) and Jonny Fletcher (Derwentside CC). In the end it was Morgan Donnelly who took third place from Keith Ashbridge (VC Cumbria) by 11 seconds.

James Edmond (Ferryhill Wheelers) secured victory in the youth race, beating Teesdale CRC’s Miles Worner by nearly 90 seconds, while Beacon Wheelers Mark Donovan was third. Christian Worner (Teesdale CRC) was first in the under-12’s race.

Results:

Seniors:
1 Steven Ward (MTS)
2 Keith Murray (Hope Factory Racing)
3 Morgan Donnelly (Beacon Wheelers)
4 Keith Ashbridge (VC Cumbria)
5 Matt Flynn (Team Wallis)
6 Malcolm Lewis (MTS)
7 Jonny Fletcher (Derwentside CC)
8 Stuart Wearmouth (MTS)
9 Tony Glover (Derwentside CC)
10 Paul McInally (Rock and Road Cycles)

Youth:
1 James Edmond (Ferryhill Wheelers)
2 Miles Worner (Teesdale CRC) @ 1:30
3 Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers)

Under-12s: Christian Worner (Teesdale CRC).


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.