Cross: Harper battled to Norton Cross victory

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Location: Graves Park, Sheffield
Event: 3 November 2013
Report: Clare Crabtree/Snowdon Sports
Photos: Ray Stuart

Mansfield Road Club’s John Harper secured victory in Norton Wheelers’ charity cross in Sheffield on Sunday, crossing the line 26 seconds clear of his rival Andy Stuart (Nottingham Clarion).

Harper, 35, got away into an early lead on the first lap of the race, which was run off in wet and muddy conditions on a technical course.

He led for the first three laps, but 30-year-old Nottingham rider Stuart caught up with him and took the lead for a couple of laps. However, Harper hit back to re-take the lead and held on for the win.

Local veteran Dan Cook (Peak RC), 44 and from Sheffield, had been third for much of the race. But a mechanical problem saw him push his bike up the finish drag, with city rival James Thompson, the 36-year-old Langsett Cycles rider, just overtaking him in the closing few metres.

Another Sheffield rider, Lynn Bland (Norton Wheelers) was fastest female, while Harry Cooper-Oldroyd (Kirklees Cycling Academy) won the youth race.


1 John Harper (Mansfield RC) 52:28
2 Andy Stuart (Notts Clarion) @ 26sec
3 James Thompson (Langsett Cycles) @ 2:38
4 Dan Cook (Peak RC)
5 James Furniss (Zepnat RT)
6 Daniel Storey (RST Racing Team)
7 Rob Thackray (Paul Milnes-Bradford Olympic)
8 Andy Nichols (Neon Velo)
9 Tom Seaman (Nutcracker)
10 Rick Crabtree (Pedalsport CC)
Veterans: Dan Cook. Women: Lynn Bland (Norton Wheelers).

1 Harry Cooper-Oldroyd (Kirklees Cycling Academy)
2 Sam Travis (Kirklees Cycling Academy)
3 Liam Gilpin (Paul Milnes-Bradford Olympic)
4 Joe Williams (Holme Valley Wheelers)
5 Nathan Hollyman (Kirklees Cycling Academy)
Under-14s: Nathan Hollyman. Girls: Sophie Thackray (Paul Milnes-Bradford Olympic).

1 Taylor Carr (Lichfield City CC)
2 Sarah Briggs (Matlock CC)
3 Henry Hollyman (Kirklees Cycling Academy)

1 Oliver Sibbald (Sheffield Stars)
2 Tia Carr (Lichfield City CC)
3 Alice Feetham (Wakefield Junior Tri Club)

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