CXNE Rat Race Series Round 10
Location: Scotswood Sports and Social Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Event: 25 November 2012
The overnight rain on an already wet ground made it an epic day for cyclo-cross.
The sections which were reasonable to ride early on quickly became impassable with even the grippiest tyres being challenged. There was a good deal of running in the all the races.
First off the veterans, ladies, and juniors had a crack at the course and it quickly turned into a quagmire. Luke Parkin took off from the start and was chased by James Anderson, and Keith Ashbridge, the middle to back of the field looked uncomfortable with the mud, water and terrain wearing the riders down. Parkin (Junior) took the win from Anderson (V40) and Ashbridge (V40).
Next up the youth race saw a three way battle between Matthew Worton, Mark Donovan and Thomas Mein. Donovan had the running legs and the mud skills to win with Worton demonstrating his running skills into the finish to beat Mein for second place.
The U12s had a good race with some happy faces enjoying the gloopy conditions.
The senior race was won by Adam Martin who had raced at Koksijde the day before, although he did comment he did more running than the day before in the sand dunes. Morgan Donnelly’s fell running skills came in handy and secured second place.