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Road: Gurnett wins Springtime Pursuit

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Location: Broad Clyst, Devon
Event: 23 February 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photos: Anne and Richard Owens

After winning the fourth category race in the opening round the previous week, Scott Gurnett (Minehead CC) secured victory in the elite race at round two of the Springtime Pursuit Series in Devon on Saturday.

The 17-year-old crossed the line nine seconds clear of his nearest rival at the end of the 33-mile race, while Oliver Pritchard (University of Exeter CC) took second and Harry Edney (North Devon Wheelers) third, another six seconds back.

Gurnett knows the roads around Broad Clyst well having trained on them several times, and put his local knowledge to good use.

Meanwhile, Joshua Bullock (Tavistock Wheelers) won a three-up sprint finish to the fourth cat race, holding off Ben Davis (Bristol RC) for the win.

And 19-year-old Natalie Grinczer (University of Birmingham) was fastest woman, winning a sprint finish from VC St Raphael rider Ellie Gillham, in a reversal of the placings from the previous week’s opening round.



1 Scott Gurnett Minehead CC 33 miles in 1hr 26m 50s

2 Oliver Pritchard University of Exeter CC @ 9 secs

3 Harry Edney North Devon Wheelers @ 15 secs

4 Sean Henderson North Devon Wheelers same time

5 Jack Reed Royal Forest of Dean CC @ 17 secs

6 Jamie Fabrizio CS Dynamo @ 23 secs

7 Robert Edgell Performance Cycles

8 Kye Martin Mid-Devon CC same time

Cat 4

1 Joshua Bullock Tavistock Wheelers 33 miles in 1hr 33 mins 38 secs

2 Ben Davis Bristol Road Club

3 Tom Weston Exeter Wheelers CC same time

4 Jonathan Jones Univrsity of Eceter CC @ 6 secs

5 Harry Snow North Devon Wheelers @ 9 secs

6 Bradley Manaton Private member @ 12 secs

7 Chris Knott Okehampton CC

8 Paul Leicester Exe Velo CC same time


1 Natalie Grinczer University of Birmingham 27 miles in 1 hr 27 mins 27 secs

2 Ellie Gillham VC St Raphael

3 Ella Hopkins Breast Cancer Care Academy Team @ 4 secs

4 Manon Lloyd Abergavenny RC @ 7 secs

5 Jennifer Hudson VC Straphael

6 Lyndsey Glazier Team Hope Factory Racing

7 Carrie Hill Mid-Devon CC

8 Claire Elworthy Exeter Wheelers CC

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