Morgan Donnelly (Beacon Wheelers) showed great strength and consistency to take a hard earned win in round 12 of the CXNE Rat Race Series. It was his first of the series.
A small group of riders got away together from the starting line led by Malcolm Lewis of MTS.
But by the end of the first lap, Donnelly had overtaken him and Lewis was working hard to keep up with the Cumbrian.
The course was quite hilly and this suited Donnelly, who comes from a fell-running background.
Morgan kept the same pace, putting in similar times lap after lap. But the rest of the field tired and couldn’t keep up with him as he pulled away.
He left behind him a battle for second place with Colin Ash (Black Hawk) catching Lewis up. With just one corner left, Ash made his move and finished in second, a good two minutes behind Donnelly.
1 Morgan Donnelly (Beacon Wheelers) 52:49
2 Colin Ash (Black Hawk) 55:01
3 Malcolm Lewis (MTS) 55:07
4 Tony Glover (Derwentside) 56:39
5 Tony Fletcher (M Steeles Cycles) 56:58
6 Alan Nixon (Black Hawk) 58:32
7 Ian Gibson (M Steeles Cycles) 58:58
8 Neil Wesley (Van Dessel) 1:00:53
9 Trevor Schofield (Moonglu) @ 1lap
10 Tom Harcourt (Black Hawk) @ 1lap
1 James Edmond (Ferryhill Wheelers) 40:25
2 Keith Ashbridge (VC Cumbria) 41:12
3 Greg Tognarelli (VC Cumbria) 41:15
4 Sean Hoban (VC Cumbria) 42:50
5 Steve Wilson (MTS) 42:51
6 Mick Aspey (NPCC) 42:58
7 Andy Moss (Adept RT) 43:03
8 Rob Smith (Derwentside) 43:46
9 Elliot Davison (Hetton Hawkes) 44:06
10 Cliff Featherstone (MTS) 45:09
Nicola Davis (Beacon Wheelers)
1 Jake Dobson (Newcastle Phoenix) 27:48
2 Finn Robertson (Hetton Hawkes) 28:54
3 Joe Howard (Cleveland) 29:46
1 Nick Hamilton (Hetton Hawkes) 31:24
2 Connie Hurton (Beacon Wheelers) 31:44
3 Tyla Loftus (Beacon Wheelers) 34:02
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