Ben recovers from crash to finish in ninth

Ben Norton.
Ben Norton.

Spalding Cycling Club youngster Ben Norton overcame a crash and an unshipped chain to finish ninth in the Under 10 race at the Redbridge Circuit Races.

He was in the lead group of 12 when he was involved in a crash with two other riders.

Despite sustaining minor injuries, he remounted to find his chain had unshipped but had the presence of mind to run with his bike to get assistance.

With the chain replaced he got straight back into the race and fought his way back through the bunch to finish ninth overall.

Meanwhile, Neil Palmer and Chris Ward finished sixth in he Boston Wheelers Two-Up Time Trial.

The event was shortened from 25 miles to 22 due to roadworks and the Spalding Cycling Club pair completed the race in 48:43.

Sarah and Gary Bentley finished 25th recording in 61:33.

Palmer also competed at the windswept Sleaford Wheelers Charity 10-mile Time Trial where he finished 12th out of 108 riders.

He recorded 22:35 with Ward 19th in 23:03, Simon Wright 66th in 25:23 and Adrian Thurston 98th in 33:32.

The third event of the 10-mile league producd personal bests for Ed Holliday (25:18), Ross McGivern (27:33), youngster Will Gurney with a first sub-30 recording of 29:12 and Paul Kendall (29:56).

Palmer won in 23:00 followed by Ward (23:48) and Under 18 Sam Bentley (24:14).

Aimee Stocker was one second slower than in the previous race, inishin first woman in 26:36.

In the Under 16’s Matt Ellis clocked 28:16 to finish 15th overall, with sole Under-16s girl, Sophie Wright, crossing the line in 34:43.