There’s a Norman conquest for Fenland Clarion

Lindsay Clarke (left) was runner-up in the national 800m.
Lindsay Clarke (left) was runner-up in the national 800m.
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The heat was on for riders who tackled Fenland Clarion’s 25 mile time trial on the Sawtry-based N1/25 course at the weekend.

The hot and windy conditions meant fast times were never likely, although Ross Clarke of TMG Horizon did his best to post a respectable winning time of 55.46 and lead his team to victory.

The race was also a scoring event for the National Clarion Championships which was won by Nottingham rider Martin Knight in 56.09. He just managed to hold off the local challenge of Paul Lunn, whose 56.32 was also good enough to pick up second place in the Vet 40 category.

Clarion’s Steve Kaye was second in the Vet 50 age group with 59.54 and clubmate Malc Jacklin third with 1.01.23.

Further success for the host club was provided by Jerry Norman, who won first youth race in 1.03.20 on his debut at the distance, while the ever-consistent Lindsay Clarke was second lady with her time of 1.07.38.

Other Fenland times: Dave Thorold 1.00.45; John Royle 1.08.11; Steve Hope 1.09.39; Phil Merritt 1.11.25.

Clarke was also in good form at the Plomesgate grasstrack meeting in Suffolk, picking up an excellent second place behind Jo Smith in the ladies national 800m championships. At the same meeting her son Joe showed something of a return to form when picking up three thirds in the Devil, 800m handicap and the 8k.

YOUTH GRASSTRACK RACING

Fenland Clarion are holding an evening of youth grasstrack races, suitable for junior riders of all abilities under 16, tomorrow (Friday July 10) at the Embankment athletics track.

Riders can register on the day from 6pm, ready for racing to start at 6.30pm and finishing around 8pm. The cost of the evening will be £4 for each rider and they will get at least two races each.

For further details visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/133754/Fenland-Clarion-Go-Ride-Grasstrack-Races or contact Malc on 01733 570 221 or publicity@fenlandclarion.co.uk

PETERBOROUGH CC

Jason Burill from Bourne continued his run of good form when competing in the Belper 25 near Uttoxeter.

He broke a 33 year-old club record when clocking 52:47 to finish 40th out of 120 starters.

Brett Harwood, the club’s second claim member riding for Terry Wright Cycles, was fourth in a speedy 49:01.

Steve Lampier, the club’s Raleigh GAC professional, was fourth in the hotly contested Stafford Kermesse.

James Gelsthorpe stormed around Helpston to win the latest Summer League 10 race.

Result (Peterborough CC unles stated):

1) 22:23 James Gelsthorpe; 2) 23:10 Dave Sargent; 3) 23:11 Jason Burrill; 4) 23:32 Paul Pardoe; 5) 24:47 Nick Hitchens; 6) 24:50 Andrew Cartledge; 7) 24:53 David Thorold (Fenland Clarion); 8) 25:55 Paul Townsin; 9) 26:08 Michael Smalley; 10) 26:58 Adrian McHale; 11) 27:12 Julian Fryer; 12) 27:36 John Rowles; 13) 27:49 Charlotte Taylor (University of Warwick); 14) 30:00 Matt Clarkson; 15) 30:07 Paul Crawford; 16) 30:21 Marina Doreshenko; 17) 30:57 Peter Wilson; 18) 31:28 Annette Wyld.