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Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport Round 15 - report

28 Aug 2021 21:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The curtain fell on the Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport for 2021 as the destination of seven of the nine medals was resolved in a close season-long battle. None of the medals had been settled in the Overall Series and despite Chris Halford taking the win in 21 minutes 56 seconds Tomos Hales finished with a four point advantage after taking the runner-up spot on the night just four seconds back. This is Hales’ first taste of this trophy, defeating the reigning champion at the last in a great head-to-head tussle.

Taking third spot on the evening was the first of the visiting riders, Bridgnorth CC’s Jonathan Mills-Keeling who has been a regular combatant and always towards the sharp end of proceedings, this time recording a fine 22:07. He pushed out Rob Jackson by 59 seconds, but Jackson couldn’t do enough to overhaul Phil Roberts who lost two points of his advantage after finishing 6th in 23:32, but retaining a four point gap to help himself to Bronze.

In the Women’s Series a four point gap going into the race was enough to convince Clare Cotterill and Victoria Doran that, mechanical incidents aside the destination of the medals was settled, and so they teamed for a preceding 2-Up event instead, with Cotterill duly taking Women’s Gold and Doran the Silver. Clare O’Donnell had already captured Women’s Bronze but wanted to end the club season on a high, and duly knocked a huge 39 seconds off her course best. She was however disappointed not to beat the 30 minute mark after just missing out in 30:08.

In the Road Bike Series Stuart Wortley had already tied up Gold and rode uncontested in 30:50 making a low-key ending, with Dave Slater duly taking Road Bike Silver by a solitary point from Steve Porter-Knott.

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