Cross: Two in a row for winner Booth

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Making it two wins in a row, Dan Booth (Hope Factory Racing) led home another bumper field in the third round of the SRAM Notts & Derby League at Shipley Park.

But after enjoying a winning margin of one and a half minutes the previous week, it was a close-run thing this time for 32-year-old Booth, from Market Bosworth, with the top five riders in the Heanor Clarion CC promotion covered by just eight seconds after five laps of racing.

Booth was three seconds clear at the line with Matt Barrett (Run and Ride) again settling for second place as he edged out Dieter Droger (Dirtwheels) in a tight sprint.

Gareth Whittall (Clay Cross RT) and Andrew Stuart (Nottingham Clarion) were also given the same time as each other in fourth and fifth places, eight seconds down on Booth, with last season’s overall champion Chris Metcalf (Charge Bikes) a close-up sixth at 13 seconds.

National mountain bike champion Nikki Harris (Team Telenet Fidea) started with the men and came home 15th overall as Diane Lee (Zepnat RT) took the honours in the women’s race, which got under way a minute later.

After two second places, 15-year-old Tom Weeds (Derby Mercury RC) stepped up to top spot in the youth race and reversed the previous week’s result with Arthur Green (Matlock CC).

Poppy Wildman (Nottingham Clarion) also moved up as she showed the boys the way home to win the Under-12 race.


1 Dan Booth (Hope Factory Racing) 47-10
2 Matt Barrett (Run and Ride) at 3 sec
3 Dieter Droger (Dirtwheels) same time
4 Gareth Whittall (Clay Cross RT) at 8 sec
5 Andrew Stuart (Nottingham Clarion) same time
6 Chris Metcalf (Charge Bikes) at 13 sec
7 Jake Womersley (Sports Cover Altura RT) at 1-03
8 Andy Naylor (Fossa Racing) at 1-20
9 Paul Cox (Pedal Power Loughborough) at 1-27
10 Clauss Peter (Dresden SC) at 1-35
Under-23: Aaron Marshall (Sherwood Pines). Junior: Jake Womersley. Veterans: Dave Ash (Nottingham Clarion).

1 Diane Lee (Zepnat RT)
2 Maz Heffron (Matlock CC)
3 Diane Moss (Zepnat RT)
4 Melissa Mather (Zepnat RT)
5 Helen Gutteridge (Zepnat RT)
6 Sarah Kennedy (unattached)

1 Tom Weeds (Derby Mercury RC) 27-38
2 Arthur Green (Matlock CC) at 28 sec
3 William Gascoyne (Matlock CC) at 41 sec
4 Callum McBrearty (Nottingham Clarion) at 1-32
5 Chris Barnes (Zepnat RT) at 2-00
6 Josh Waters (Mercia CC) at 2-10
Under-14: William Gascoyne. Girl: Sara Lomas (Matlock CC)

1 Poppy Wildman (Nottingham Clarion) 5-15
2 Joshua Scales (Derby Mercury RC) at 5 sec
3 Lewis Rivers (Nottingham Clarion) at 6 sec
4 Tim Eskmore (Matlock CC) at 15 sec
5 Ethan Lichot (Derby Mercury RC) at 38 sec
6 Kerrigan Robb (Witham Wheelers) at 48 sec
Girl: Poppy Wildman.

1 Sam Gould (Matlock CC) 8-41
2 Christopher Hilbert (VC Lincon) at 9 sec
3 Fred Shenton (Beeston RC) at 16 sec
4 Brian Richardson (Bolsover & District) at 28 sec
5 Otto Chiltern (Derby Mercury RC) at 1-09
Girl: Harriet Limb (Matlock CC).

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.