CYCLING: Dedicated Spalding cyclists rewarded

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IT was a case of lucky 13 for Spalding Cycling Club as the Lincolnshire Cyclocross League season came to a close.

After 13 gruelling rounds, 13 Spalding riders secured impressive podium places across the age categories, with their top 11 finishes counting in the final standings.

A spree of adult and junior Spalding riders made the effort to compete in the league and competed in as many events as possible across the county, from Bourne in the south to Scunthorpe in the north. This dedication and commitment was well rewarded as many riders can look back on a very successful season.

Father and son team Adam and Matt Ellis had a cracking season. Adam secured first place in the Vets, while Matt was the winner of the under-12 section.

Spalding had strength and depth in the Vets’ section, with Shane Norton concluding an excellent season in second, while Ian Fensom took a fighting second place in the Vet over-50 group.

The club were particularly well represented in the younger age groups too, boasting four riders in the top five of the boys’ U/12 group.

Backing up winner Matt Ellis superbly were Jake Norton (2nd) and Robert McAndrew (3rd), while Jacob Santry took a fine fifth in his first full season of cross racing, against much more experienced racers.

The U/12 girls also locked out the top ten with five riders, including Megan Kendall in an excellent second. Behind her, there was a train of riders with Molly Peel (3rd), Sophie Wright (4th), Caitlin Langford (5th), Mimi Gurney (6th) and Erin Langford (11th).

In the youth races, Sam Bentley had a storming year and took some excellent results which were rewarded with second place overall. He battled hard in some races with Jake Peel, who finished third in the final standings.

Reece Moradakhan also raced strongly to secure second place in the youth U/14 league, while in a very competitive junior league Harry Bellars finished sixth and Sarah Bentley was fifth in the ladies’ category.

Results: Vets Over 50 - 2nd Ian Fensom; 8th Gary Bentley; 11th Derek Chamberlain. Vets - 1st Adam Ellis; 3rd Shane Norton; 11th Simon Santry; 15th Graham McAndrew; 21st Tom Webster; 24th Andy Pack; 27th Tom Drew; 35th Christopher Peel; 37th Andrew Gurney; 38th Stewart Elderkin; 43rd Paul Kendall. U/12s - 1st Matthew Ellis; 2nd Jake Norton; 3rd Robert McAndrew; 5th Jacob Santry; 11th Warren Eve; 13th Megan Kendall; 17th William Gurney; 18th Ben Norton; 22nd Thomas Wright; 23rd Molly Peel; 25th Sophie Wright; 31st Daniel Brackstone; 33rd Caitlin Langford; 35th Edward Gurney; 37th Thomas Brackstone. U/12 girls - 2nd Megan Kendall; 3rd Molly Peel; 4th Sophie Wright; 5th Caitlin Langford; 6th Mimi Gurney; 11th Erin Langford. Youths - 2nd Sam Bentley; 3rd Jake Peel; 6th Reece Moradakhan; 9th Jennifer McAndrew; 13th Oliver Fensom; 18th Thomas Webster; 19th Harriet Moore; 28th Tilly Gurney. Youth U/14s - 2nd Reece Moradkhan; 10th Thomas Webster; 11th Harriett Moore; 17th Tilly Gurney. Juniors - 6th Harry Bellars. Ladies - 5th Sarah Bentley. Seniors’ League - 18th Premek Jasnilowski; 23rd Chris Pratt; 44th Richard Eve.