Bert finishes the Muddy Monsters Series in fine style at Welwyn

Bert Papworth with his trophies.
Bert Papworth with his trophies.
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Fenland Clarion youngster Bert Papworth continued his excellent performances in the Muddy Monsters series by winning the final event hosted by Welwyn Wheelers at the weekend.

Having won most of his races in the series so far, he was determined to finish the series in style by winning the final round and taking the series win overall at the same time.

The beginning of March also heralds the start of the road racing season, and Fenland Clarion had no less than 10 riders out to test their early season form.

In the first round of the NCRA handicap road races at Naseby, the local club were represented by five riders with the best results coming from Dave Langlands, who finished in sixth place overall and second of the second category riders, while Lindsay Clarke was the first lady in 21st place overall.

Over in Milton Keynes the circuit race option was chosen by another five riders with the best results coming from their youth riders.

On a day marred by a number of crashes there were strong showings from Jerry Norman in the Under 16 age group. He kept towards the front of the lead group, until losing out to the sprinters in the closing stages.

Under 14 rider Mia Purnell, who was riding against the Under 16s, battled hard throughout the race before being dropped by the lead group as they wound the pace up towards the finish.

Cameron Neilson has just stepped upto the Under 14 age group and found the increase in pace hard to cope with, although he didn’t let the lead group go without a fight, and showed enough potential to suggest he will soon be improving on his middle of the field finish next time out.

Evander Wishart is just six years old but still beat a number of older riders to finish a creditable seventh out of 16 riders in his age group.


Peterborough Cycling Club members were also in action in the 30-mile NCRA road race at Naseby and James Boardley, Nick Berwick, Liz-Graham Wright and Steve Wood all finished in the main bunch with only 10 riders being placed from a field of 60.

On Sunday the club’s Qualitetch/Alston Country Homes sponsored racing team were in action in the 70 mile Ike Saul Memorial race in Bourn near Cambridge and James Gelsthorpe rode very strongly to finish in an excellent sixth place.

Jason Burrill, who is mixing road and track racing, had another intelligent ride to finish in 11th place with Andy Cartledge finishing in the main field.