CYCLING: Jake triumphs on tricky course

Jake Norton at Grafham Water
Jake Norton at Grafham Water
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Spalding Cycling Club’s Team Norton – Shane, Jake and Ben – together with Stewart Elderkin were in the Eastern Regional Cross on a very muddy and technically demanding Grafham Water course.

Jake took a fine win in his race with brother Ben 14th from 59 starters. Shane and Stewart finished in 47th and 67th in field of 90 decimated by mechanical failures for more than 15 riders.

• At Milton Keynes, Matt Ellis made up part of the East Midlands team at the Inter Regional Youth Cross Championships, also held in difficult conditions.

Matt placed 62nd overall with the team’s positions: East Midlands A 2nd, B (Girls) 4th and C 7th.

• The latest round of the Lincs League hosted by Boston Wheelers saw 13 Spalding riders in action.

Continuing their consistent season, Adam Ellis and Sam Bentley both took 4th spot in their category in a field of 128 reduced at the end by the conditions to 117. Shane Norton, Gary Bentley and Ollie Fensom took 15th Vet, 11th Vet and 6th Junior respectively and all others finished.

In the Youths’ race, Jenny McAndrew was 4th girl and 18th overall.

She led home a strong U14 squad which took 9th, 10th and 12th in the boys’ race for Reece Moradkhan, Jacob Santry and Robert McAndrew and 19th and 22nd in the girls’ race for Megan Kendall and Sophie Wright.

The Under 12s were equally impressive with the overall win going to Jake Norton, a fine 3rd place to Cameron Nielson, Tom Wright in 5th, Ben Norton 7th, Bryn Richards in 9th and Molly Peel finishing 15th to claim 2nd girl on the day.