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Wrekinsport Autumn Sprint 5 - report

5 Sep 2019 19:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Wrekinsport CC's season-closing time trial saw 14 riders cope with blustery conditions as a strong swirling wind made life difficult for competitors particularly passing openings in hedges, with the wind unusually blowing in two completely different directions at the top and bottom of the course catching out the unwary. Taking place between Crudgington and Shawbirch, the first four riders took the spoils for the promoting club, with the event unusually timed to hill climb standards. Chris Halford once again proved himself to be the fastest rider in the club taking victory by over 31 seconds in 11 minutes, 34.05 seconds - the only rider to beat 12 minutes.

However things weren't so clear cut for the runners-up spot with Tomos Hales and Rob Jackson split by less than a second, showing the benefit of the timing on such a  short course. Hales took that second place in 12:05.62 with Jackson just 91 hundredths back.

Meanwhile Rich Smith closed the club season recovering some of the fine form that he has shown to take the club's Evening 10 mile Championship. Smith had suffered with illness towards the end but here showed every sign of being back to full strength as he too 4th place in 12:31.07 to push the first visiting rider, Fraser MacKinnon of Loch Leven CRT out by 5.45 seconds.

Junior rider Henry Fleming continues to improve, ending his evening on 16:42.75 whilst the only female in competition Victoria Doran also brought the curtain down on the event as she finished in 17:56.91

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