Cross: Drake wins Weaver Valley Cross

Cross: Drake wins Weaver Valley Cross

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Location: Greenbank Playing Fields, Northwich, Cheshire
Event: 19 October 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photos: Adrian Japp (Weaver Valley CC)

AFTER settling for second in the previous week’s North West League race at Clitheroe, Giles Drake (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes RT) returned to the top of the podium when he secured a confident victory in round four, promoted by Weavey Valley CC at Greenbank Playing Fields in Northwich.

The 29-year-old from Wirral was around 40 seconds ahead of his nearest rival at the end of a mainly grassed course, which had suffered from the rain and become heavily muddy.

Drake finished second to Scott UK strong man Dieter Droger the previous week, but he notched up his second win of the series following his victory in round two to strengthen his lead at the top of the overall standings after four North West League race.

The early pace was set by Matt Lawton (Macclesfield Wheelers), but Drake took over on the second lap and gradually pulled out a lead. CS Pendle’s Martin Woffindin took third spot, and was fastest Under-23 rider.

“It was a good race, and it’s always good to get the win,” said Drake afterwards. “It was very slippy. Not particularly wet mud, but cloggy stuff which is slippy and like an ice rink.

“I wasn’t taking many risks, whereas I think Matt was really pushing in on the corners. I eased round them but put the hammer down on the straights. I was disappointed after last week when I was second, so it’s good to win again.

“My form seems pretty good, so I may ride a few of the local National Trophy races, although I won’t be going all the way down to Southampton. If my form holds through that I may also do the National Championships, but that’s a long way off yet.”

Fourth spot went to junior Robert Rogers (Birkenhead North End CC), while the supporting race for veterans and women was won by veteran Pete Middleton ( from Adrian Lawrence (Team Elite).

Rebecca Preece (Contessa Scott-Syncros) was fastest woman, while the youth race was won by Adam Hartley (Velocity).



1 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes S

2 Matthew Lawton Macclesfield Wheelers S

3 Martin Woffindin Cycle Sport Pendle U23

4 Robert Rogers Birkenhead North End CC J

5 Alex Jones 4 Star Racing S

6 Scott Wilson Manchester Whlrs Club S

7 Adam Newall Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles S

8 Alex McNicol Velo Club Moulin S

9 Thomas Figgins Bolton Hot Wheels CC J

10 Anthony Morris Private Member S

11 Richard Haughton Cleveleys RC S

12 John Backhouse Cyclesport International RT S

13 Steve Bone Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles S

14 Craig Sefton Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles S

15 Paul Davies High Peak Cycles RT S

16 Paul Lally Frodsham Wheelers/Twelve50 Bikes S

17 Peter Ware St Helens CRC S

18 Chris Thomas Frodsham Wheelers/Twelve50 Bikes S

19 Marcus Fielden Macclesfield Wheelers S

20 Richard Bott Team-Elite/Paul Bethell Electrical S

21 Sean Greenwood Rossendale RC S

22 Matthew Hornby Weaver Valley CC S

23 Adam Webster Private Member S

24 Kristian Spreckley Private Member S

25 Steven Freear V40

26 Steven Simpson Private Member S

27 Dane Walker Weaver Valley CC S

28 John Holmes Private Member S

29 Paul Eames S

30 David Clark Macclesfield Wheelers S

31 Ryan Ashcroft St Helens CRC J

32 Ryan Forster 4 Star Racing S

33 Edward Hibbert Private Member S

34 Jonathan Rooke Wills Wheels Cycling Club S

35 Paul Longley Weaver Valley CC U23

36 Stanley Boyd St Helens CRC S

37 Christopher Barrett Lancashire RC S

38 Bill Cooper Private Member J

39 David Coleman-Jones Sky Velo S

40 Derek Hufferdine Weaver Valley CC S

41 Paul Woodrow 4 Star S

42 John Hussey Private Member S

43 Adam Sant St Helen's CRC S

44 Gareth Vipond Lancs RC S

45 James Hibbert S

46 Tom Walters S

47 Christian Griffin S

Veterans and Women:

1 Pete Middleton RT/Kuota/GSG Clothing V45

2 Adrian Lawrence Team-Elite/Paul Bethell Electrical V40

3 Chris Taylor Pedalsport CC V45

4 Jerrod Hartley Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V40

5 Andrew Brindle Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V40

6 Mick Style Manchester Whlrs Club V50

7 Joseph Heywood Private Member V45

8 Sean Beswick RT/Kuota/GSG Clothing V50

9 Anthony Greenhalgh Wheelbase/Altura V40

10 Steffan Chandler Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V40

11 Ian Ashworth Cycle Sport Pendle V40

12 Tony Sowden Private Member V45

13 Steven Wood Mossley CRT V45

14 Tim Rutherford Weaver Valley CC V40

15 David Headon Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V45

16 David Thorp Manchester BMX Club V40

17 Dean Smith Frodsham Wheelers/Twelve50 Bikes V45

18 Stephen Hilton TES V40

19 Tim Kelly Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V50

20 Pat Rowland Private Member V45

21 Clive Wilkinson Birkenhead North End CC V50

22 Craig Tabiner Private Member V40

23 Brian Perks Pedalsport CC V60

24 Glyn Baines Lune RCC V40

25 Ian Kendall Liverpool Century RC V40

26 Kurt Scott Here Come The Belgians V40

27 Paul Sparrow Cleveleys RC V45

28 Hans van Nierop Welland Valley V40

29 Kevan Underhill Weaver Valley CC V55

30 Anthony Coughlan Stockport Clarion CC V40

31 Mark Rowson Macclesfield Wheelers V45

32 Rebecca Preece Contessa Scott Syncros WU23

33 Stewart Dwyer St Helens CRC V50

34 Derek Schofield Rossendale RC V60

35 Mark Baker Graham Weigh V45

36 Mike Cleary Manchester Whlrs Club V45

37 Michael Speirs Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V55

38 Martin Rogers Birkenhead North End CC V50

39 Brian Renshaw Macclesfield Wheelers V45

40 Charles Gray Manchester Whlrs Club V45

41 Graham Kennerley Lancaster CC V55

42 Paul Harding Weaver Valley CC V40

43 Philip Hutson Lyme RC V40

44 Kevin Mcsweeney Private Member V50

45 Anthony Booth Weaver Valley CC V45

46 Simon Locke Liverpool Century RC V45

47 Richard Watts Rossendale RC V45

48 Ian Clarke Private Member V45

49 Christopher Wilson Ashurst Bike Club V45

50 Mark Bethell Macclesfield Wheelers V50

51 Mark Royle North Cheshire Clarion V45

52 Mary White Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles WV60

53 Brian Clayton Private Member V60

54 Carolyn Speirs Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles WV55

55 Paul O'halloran Private Member V45

56 Eleanor Underhill Weaver Valley CC WV50

57 Ray Blow Cyclesport International RT V45

58 Claire Munton Vegetarian C & AC WS

59 Mark Lenderyou Manchester Whlrs Club V50

60 Michael Gregson Ribble Valley Juniors V50

61 Peter Fairclough Red Rose Olympic V45

62 Alan Shuttleworth Altrincham RC V65

63 Paul Colclough Cuddington V40

64 Leonard Woffindin Cycle Sport Pendle V50

65 Chloe Parrington Red Rose Olympic CC WS

66 Bill Smith Cleveleys RC V60

67 Stephen Longdon Stretford Whls CC V55

68 David Halman Altrincham RC V65

69 Sarah Gregson Ribble Valley Juniors WJ

70 Guy Groves Cuddington V40

71 Steven Minton Horwich CC - 4 Season Cycles V40


1 Adam Hartley Velocity RT U16B

2 Ewan Grivell-Mellor Mid Shropshire Whls U16B

3 Joseph Peatfield Bolton Hot Wheels U16B

4 Lewis Hartley Eastlands Velo U14B

5 Cory Edmondson Cycle Sport Pendle U14B

6 Craig Rogers Birkenhead North End CC U14B

7 Matthew Taylor Pedalsport CC U14B

8 Nathan Hawthorn Cycle Sport Pendle U14B

9 Michael Hall Furness Future Flyers U16B

10 Jack Griffiths Furness Future Flyers U16B

11 Tom Bowers Macclesfield Wheelers U16B

12 Kim Baptista Eastlands Velo U14G

13 Andrew Hathaway Bolton Hot Wheels U16B

14 Thomas Wood Mossley CRT U14B

15 Georgia Savory Cycle Sport Pendle U14G

16 Nicole Clarke Birkenhead North End CC U14G

17 Elliot Reed Cog Set U16B

18 Dan O'Halloran Sport City Velo U16B

19 Dexter Sparrow BYCA U14B

20 Becky Gregson BYCA/RVJ U16G


1 Aiden Lawrence Eastlands Velo U12B

2 George Ball Furness Future Flyers U12B

3 Tyler Koch Bolton Hot Wheels U12B

4 Ben Peatfield Bolton Hot Wheels U12B

5 Zack Harrop Manchester BMX U12B

6 Matthew Baptista Mid Lancs BMX U12B

7 Robert Rowson Macclesfield Wheelers U12B

8 Addam Hathaway Bolton Hot Wheels U12B

9 Joe Thorpe Manchester BMX U12B

10 Oliver Walton Pedalsport CC U12B

11 Niamh Albone Liverpool Century U12G

12 Shannon Hawthorn Cycle Sport Pendle U12G

13 Jocasta Minton Bolton Hot Wheels U12G

14 Millie Vannierop Welland Valley CC U12G

15 Melissa Boylin Bolton Hot Wheels U12G

16 Thomas Gilsenan Lyme Road Club U12B

17 William Gregson BYCA U12B


1 Scott Fisher Furness Future Flyers U10B

2 Bryn Lawrence Eastlands Velo U8B

3 Sam Kendall Liverpool Century R. C. U10B

4 Andrew Clarke Birkenhead North End CC U10B

5 Evelina Black Bolton Hot Wheels U10G

6 Casey Mortimer Midlands BMX U10B

7 Ethan Grimshaw Bolton Hot Wheels U10B

8 Nathan Hilton TTW U10B

9 Erin Corrigan Bolton Hot Wheels U10G

10 Imogen Peatfield Bolton Hot Wheels U8G

11 Isobel Koch Bolton Hot Wheels U10G

12 Ben Warriner Bolton Hot Wheels U8B

13 Amelia Walton Pedal Sport U8G

14 Charlotte Kendall Liverpool Century R. C. U8G

15 Millie Baptista U8G

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