Cross: Lally wins final Welsh League event

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Location: Blackweir Park, Cardiff
Event: 18 December 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports


Joe Lally took a final win at the Welsh League Final in Blackweir Park and with it the senior men's league title.

Junior William Worrall (Towy Riders) finished in second place - not contesting the league he was gridded at the back of the field and and was unable to overcome this disadvantage on the technical course. Third placed Mark James (Team Jewson/MI Racing) retained his veteran 40 title, remaining undefeated in his category, and Donald Gray (Cardiff JIF) took the veteran 50 title.

Second woman on the day was sufficient to give newcomer Emma Hurrell (Hereford Wheelers) the women's league title. Despite being off the pace on the day, Adam King added the junior title to his 2010 under 16 one by just one point ahead of fellow Cardiff JIF rider Matthew Thompson.

Unbeaten since Round 2, victory in the youth race secured the under 16 boys league title for Bynea CC's Joe Holt and Emily Haycox (Cardiff Ajax) added the under 16 girls title to her collection. An impressive race to third place by Teifion Best (Abergavenny RC) ensured the under 14 boys title was his and a strong ride by Towy Rider Tanwen Jones gave her victory on the day and overall in the under 14 girls.

As in every under 12 race this season the winner would come from the leading quartet of Megan James, Joe Beckingsale, Huw Higgins-Worrall (all Abergavenny RC) and Owain Roberts (Towy Riders) but which one of the four it would be was, as always, anyone's guess. Megan led for much of the race but the penultimate lap saw Huw move to the front and, saving his best until last, take the win. Joe and Megan added league titles to their Welsh Championship ones.

There were commanding performances by all of the category leaders in the combined under 10 and under 8 race. Challenged only by his under 8 club-mate Josh Tarling, Guto Dafydd brought his first 'cross season to a close with a seventh victory and with it the under 10 boys title. Josh emphatically retained his under 8 boys title. League titles for under 10 and under 8 girls Emma Finucane and Heledd Hunt rounded off a very successful season for Towy Riders.


1 Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny) S
2 William Worrall (Towy Riders CC) J
3 Mark James (Team Jewson/MI Racing) V40
4 Gareth Barnes (Walkers CC) S
5 Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF) J
6 Phil Morris (Dambusters) S
7 George Rose ( S
8 Adam King (Cardiff JIF) J
9 James Nixon ( J
10 Mark Davies (Cardiff JIF) S

Veteran: Mark James. Junior: William Worrall. Woman: Ruby Miller (Horizon Fitness).

1 Joe Holt (Bynea CC) U16
2 Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC) U16
3 Teifion Best (Abergavenny RC) U14
4 Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders) U16
5 Alister Williams (Abergavenny RC) U16

U16 Girl: Emily Haycox (Cardiff Ajax)
U14 Boy: Teifion Best
U14 Girl: Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders)
U12 Boy: Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC)
U12 Girl: Megan James (Abergavenny RC)
U10 Boy: Guto Dafydd (Towy Riders)
U10 Girl: Emma Finucane (Towy Riders)
U8 Boy: Joshua Tarling (Towy Riders)
U8 Girl: Heledd Hunt (Towy Riders)

Final league placings


1 Joe Lally (CC Abergavenny)
2 Phil Morris (Dambusters)
3 Luke Cornish (Cwmcarn Paragon)
4 Adrian Peall (Forza Cycles)
5 Andrew Parry (Bynea CC)

Veteran 40

1 Mark James (Team Jewson/MI Racing)
2 Ross Porter (Cwmcarn Paragon)
3 Christopher Matthews (Forza Cycles)

Veteran 50:

1 Donald Gray (Cardiff JIF)
2 Ned Potter (Climb On Bikes)
3 Paul Colman (Towy Riders CC)


1 Adam King (Cardiff JIF)
2 Matthew Thompson (Cardiff JIF)
3 James Nixon (


1 Emma Hurrell (Hereford Wheelers)
2 Stephanie Best (Abergavenny RC)
3 Carol Miller (unattached)

Novice Woman

1 Sophie Adams (Towy Riders)

U16 Boys

1 Joe Holt (Bynea CC)
2 Sam Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC)
3 Nicholas Jones (Towy Riders)

U16 Girls

1 Emily Haycox (Cardiff Ajax)
2 Manon Lloyd (Towy Riders)

U14 Boys

1 Teifion Best (Abergavenny RC)
2 James Tillett (Cardiff JIF)
3 Sam Tillett (Cardiff JIF)

U14 Girls

1 Tanwen Jones (Towy Riders)
2 Lowri Thomas (Abergavenny RC)
3 Emily Tillett (Cardiff JIF)

U12 Boys

1 Joe Beckingsale (Abergavenny RC)
2 Owain Roberts (Towy Riders)
3 Huw Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC)

U12 Girls

1 Megan James (Abergavenny RC)
2 Elena Shaw (Maindy Flyers)

U10 Boys

1 Guto Dafydd (Towy Riders)
2 Rhys Thomas (Abergavenny RC)
3 Bevan Smith (Maindy Flyers)

U10 Girls

1 Emma Finucane (Towy Riders)
2 Eluned King (Towy Riders)
3 Rosie Finucane (Towy Riders)

U8 Boys

1 Joshua Tarling (Towy Riders)
2 Ashley Cole (Abergavenny RC)
3 Harry Cockroft (unattached)

U8 Girls

1 Heledd Hunt (Towy Riders)
2 Evelyn Higgins-Worrall (Abergavenny RC)
3 Awen Roberts (Towy Riders)

Best Newcomer: Iwan Evans (Builth & District CC) U10
Most Improved Rider: Hefin Evans (Towy Riders) U16
League Loyalty Award: Rhys Roberts (Towy Riders) U14

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.