CXNE Rat Race Series Round 3
Event: 22 September 2013
Location: Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-hole, Tyne And Wear.
Report: David McLean
Gallery: Ed Rollason
In an exciting race Stewart Wearmouth (MTS) won from James Thompson (Langsett Cycles RT) and Colin Ash (Blackhawk Bikes).
In an exciting race Stewart Wearmouth (MTS) won from James Thompson (Langsett Cycles RT) and Colin Ash (Blackhawk Bikes). After a fast opening lap these three riders started to pull away from the field. Wearmouth lead for most of the race where he continued to make breaks from Thompson and Ash. Each time he appeared to take a winning lead the two chasers would pull it back. On the final lap Wearmouth once again had a considerable lead but Thompson and Ash worked hard to reduce it. However, Wearmouth had enough of a lead to hold on with Thompson finishing second and Ash not far back in third.
Top 10 seniors
1. Stuart Wearmouth MTS Cyclesport
2. James Thompson Langsett Cycles RT
3. Colin Ash Blackhawk Bikes
4. Alan Nixon Blackhawk Bikes
5. Johnny Fletcher M Steel Cycles RT
6. Carl Donaldson GS Metro
7. James Alder Velo29
8. Ian Lee RAF CC
9. Colin May VC Edinburgh
10. Joe Curran Hetton Hawks
Vets, Junior & Women
A group of five riders made the early pace Juniors Matthew Worton (Blackhawks Bikes) and James Edmond (Ferryhill Wheelers) and Vets Kenny Johnson (Team Scott UK), Tony Glover (Derwentside CC) and Richard Noble (Tyne & Wear Fire).
The fast pace saw this group pull clear of other chasing groups. Eventually, the pace proved too fast for the two juniors with Worton dropping behind first and then Edmond. The three leaders continued to exchange the lead throughout. All three were still close together but a final sprint to the line by Glover gave him a narrow win over Johnson and Noble. Edmond held his lead over fellow junior Worton to finish forth.
1.Tony Glover Vet Derwentside CC
2. Kenny Johnson Vet Team Scott UK
3. Richard Noble Vet Tyne & Wear Fire
4. James Edmond Jun Ferryhill Wheelers
5. Matthew Worton Jun Blackhawks Bikes
In the youth race Thomas Mein (MTS) and Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers) set a very fast pace from the start leaving most of the field well behind, only Nick Hamilton (Teesdale CRC) was able to give chase but the gap was always too much to pull back. In an exciting sprint finish Mein got the better of Donovan.
1. Thomas Mein MTS Cyclesport U16
2. Mark Donovan Beacon Wheelers U16
3. Nick Hamilton Teesdale CRC U16
1. Connie Hurton Beacon Wheelers
1. Ben Dowson Hetton Hawks
1. Anna Armstrong Border City Wheelers
Matthew Egglestone (Beacon Wheelers) totally dominated his race from the start to finish well clear of his rivals.