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Roberts not rattled. Fast Eddy Racing Great British Cross Country Championships Round 2 – Race Report and Results
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Roberts not rattled. Fast Eddy Racing Great British Cross Country Championships Round 2 – Race Report and Results

by adminJune 9, 2017

When you watch a race for two and a half hours, see at least six different riders out in front and with 15-minutes to go still have no idea who will win, that is the mark of a great course and a bunch of talented racers.

Report and Images via Fast Eddy

That is just what happened at the Fast Eddy Racing Great British Cross Country series which clicked into top gear on Sunday at a venue that proved to be more than worthy of the series presence there. Ratlinghope is big and bold with real old school challenges; large hills, bogs, stream crossings and fast open terrain.

The three stream crossings became harder as each rider passed through them, dragging water out onto the dry ground and helping to start ruts to form while the boggy areas became softer and more treacherous with every lap. The mud battles at the bottom of the valley were matched by the steep climbs where dust was thrown up and many riders got filled in. It was hard to believe it was the same course on the same day. Mid-point in the afternoon race the heavens opened for a short time and everything became so much harder.

Such was the mix that there were three or four different leaders just on the first lap of the 2.5hr afternoon race containing the Experts, Clubman, Veterans A and Youth A riders. In the Expert ranks Derek Bawn was first to the first stream crossing, closely followed by Ash Fox who was returning to racing after a very long lay-off, but it was Daryl Bolter and Tom Ellwood who really upped the pace as the first half dozen riders were virtually inseparable over the opening handful of laps.

Husky Sport’s Bolter opened a gap but then disappeared leaving MRS Sherco’s Ellwood to take up the running. Halfway through the race everything changed in just a few minutes as the rain arrived and swung things in favour of the technical riders. Elwood retired leaving ET James’ Ben Murphy and Derek Bawn to take up the head of the field with Edmondson Racing’s Beta mounted Rich Ely and an ever-improving Colwyn Bay KTM rider Mark Roberts slowly making inroads in their lead.

Roberts had a very disappointing start but worked his way through the field and excelled on the slippy stuff when the rain arrived and his times fell with every lap. Murphy was leading but within a single lap Roberts caught and overtook him, posting a 40 second lead which he added to lap after lap as he charged on to take a well-deserved win.

Murphy clung on to second spot as Derek Bawn held third, with two minutes between them. Harry Edmondson had a hard outing amongst much more experienced riders but rode well to take fourth, finishing just seconds ahead of Fox in fifth.

Gary McCoy headed the Vets A class as Chris Wagstaff, virtually on home turf, did his best to close on the man from down south but could quite manage it while Jack Twentyman charged around the lap in his own inimitable style to take third place.

George Yardley had what can only be described as an outstanding ride. He rode the wheels off his 85cc machine to win the mega-competitive Youth A class despite having to cope with huge ruts after the midpoint of the race. Charlie Chater was also on an 85cc and was on his rear wheel initially but young Yardley never stopped pushing to take the Youth A win as Chater took second and Cole Cookland third.

Ryan Phillips eventually took the Clubman class win but endured a long battle with second placed Jacob James that saw both riders raise their game considerably. They both finished in the mid-teens overall but raced as though they were leading the whole field. Luke Tarr took a solid third in class but had little hope of catching the leading pair.

Earlier in the day the Vets B, Youth B, Novice and sportsman riders enjoyed a two-hour race in excellent conditions although they also had to negotiate the streams and bogs which took their toll on more than a few riders.

Nick Whitehead took the overall win and the Sportsman top spot with a calculated and clinical ride as he passed a multitude of riders who had started in classes before him. Steve Cranshaw and Shaun James in the Vets B class were leading the field but Whitehead’s determination saw him catch, pass and put a minute on both of them to take the win. Tom Walker was also making ground and took a solid second spot with Ben Martindale completing the Sportsman top three.

Cranshaw’s second overall saw him top the Vets B class with James in second spot and Pete Nixey in third as Richard Moorhouse won the Youth B class as the final rider to post 14 laps. Second in Youth B was Dan Leadbetter with Adam James some way back in third spot on his 85cc machine.

Top of the Novices was Kristian Ankritt who just managed to post an extra lap over Properly Protected’s Tony Chawner in second. Chawner had a comfortable gap over third placed James Redfern who was on 11 laps.

Racing actually began on Saturday morning as the Youth riders took to a slightly shortened course at 9.00am. Cory Cookland posted yet another win overall and topped the 85cc class ahead of Francis Davies andJohn Stanley while Jack Sandland took the 65cc win from Reece Jones and William Barratt.

Results

Youth race

Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 99 Cory Cookland 1:02:41.490 0.000 16 3:44.832 3 –
2 10 Francis Davies 1:01:45.257 1 lap 15 3:55.185 12 –
3 301 John Stanley 1:02:01.980 1 lap 15 3:55.616 3 –
4 14 Doug Lote 1:02:04.397 1 lap 15 3:59.522 15 –
5 120 Jack Sandland 1:01:18.469 3 laps 13 4:14.209 12 –
6 43 Reuben Harvey 1:01:30.484 4 laps 12 4:29.531 11 –
7 19 Freddie Stevenson 1:03:42.859 4 laps 12 4:47.546 6 –
8 44 Danny Webster 1:03:44.322 4 laps 12 4:27.549 9 –
9 4 Cameron Games 1:01:40.427 5 laps 11 0.000 – –
10 2 Rees Jones 1:03:46.100 5 laps 11 4:52.137 3 –
11 94 Jon Fox 1:04:34.852 5 laps 11 5:00.393 3 –
12 16 William Barratt 59:45.928 8 laps 8 5:27.268 4 –
Adult Race 1
Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 94 Nick Whitehead 2:03:26.677 0.000 14 8:24.852 11 –
2 283 Steve Cranshaw 2:04:25.001 58.324 14 8:40.094 6 –
3 801 Tom Walker 2:05:17.207 1:50.530 14 8:31.724 8 –
4 24 Richard Moorhouse 2:05:34.167 2:07.490 14 8:40.647 8 –
5 701 Dan Leadbetter 1:59:18.899 1 lap 13 8:33.821 2 –
6 259 Ben Martindale 2:00:44.607 1 lap 13 8:53.049 2 –
7 22 Shaun James 2:01:33.346 1 lap 13 9:02.387 3 –
8 844 Paul Thomas 2:02:11.346 1 lap 13 8:49.707 12 –
9 13 Gareth Berezinski 2:05:21.985 1 lap 13 9:00.599 7 –
10 3 Pete Nixey 2:05:28.888 1 lap 13 9:27.732 9 –
11 15 Mark Saunders 1:58:08.812 2 laps 12 9:39.226 9 –
12 817 Guy Graham 1:59:27.220 2 laps 12 9:44.335 4 –
13 111 Adam James 2:00:19.377 2 laps 12 9:28.125 3 –
14 178 Dean Hancox 2:01:07.228 2 laps 12 9:52.362 2 –
15 711 Michael Eaton 2:06:42.758 2 laps 12 10:14.125 2 –
16 21 Kristian Ankritt 2:07:45.947 2 laps 12 10:13.842 8 –
17 35 Tony Chawner 1:58:04.721 3 laps 11 10:10.761 9 –
18 82 James Redfern 2:00:43.574 3 laps 11 10:06.453 3 –
19 7 Tom Fox 2:04:23.199 3 laps 11 10:31.489 10 –
20 65 Day Harvey 2:04:33.501 3 laps 11 10:22.146 2 –
21 11 Shaun Cornwall 2:09:25.911 3 laps 11 10:56.342 8 –
22 186 Stuart Robson 1:57:49.986 4 laps 10 8:55.154 7 –
23 10 Anthony Trawford 1:59:48.261 4 laps 10 9:42.981 2 –
24 372 Roger Withington 2:03:59.058 4 laps 10 9:35.790 10 –
25 58 Dave Brookes 2:04:31.332 4 laps 10 10:59.833 9 –
26 116 Dave Withington 1:59:06.542 5 laps 9 9:42.704 9 –
27 551 Dave Redfern 2:03:44.046 5 laps 9 11:46.914 5 –
28 4 Cameron Games 2:10:40.820 6 laps 8 11:50.050 5 –
29 44 Danny Webster 2:10:45.025 6 laps 8 11:42.160 5 –
30 103 Dave Bowen 2:11:24.603 7 laps 7 15:24.877 3 –
DNF 400 David Simpkin 1:46:39.681 0.000 11 8:57.895 10 –
DNF 791 Alyn Roberts 1:20:38.081 0.000 8 9:36.040 3 –
DNF 303 Doug Hall 1:06:38.705 0.000 7 9:11.328 2 –
DNF 369 Ben Percy 53:06.000 0.000 5 10:14.995 2 –
DQ 123 Richard Cookland 1:56:52.566 0.000 14 7:54.609 14 –
Adult Race 2
Pos Competitor Total time Diff Laps Best time Best lap Best Speed
1 46 Mark Roberts 2:25:26.853 0.000 18 7:22.404 2 –
2 342 Ben Murphy 2:27:35.539 2:08.686 18 7:25.457 4 –
3 8 Derek Bawn 2:29:46.143 4:19.290 18 7:40.115 3 –
4 9 Harry Edmondson 2:30:39.091 5:12.238 18 7:40.473 3 –
5 282 Ashley Fox 2:30:51.347 5:24.494 18 7:37.185 2 –
6 3 Richard Ely 2:31:21.260 5:54.407 18 7:47.113 4 –
7 160 Max Ditchfield 2:31:58.025 1 lap 17 7:39.596 3 –
8 241 Brad Lilburn 2:32:43.525 1 lap 17 8:10.987 2 –
9 108 Lewis Riafe 2:31:29.759 2 laps 16 8:39.325 7 –
10 96 Gary McCoy 2:31:57.050 2 laps 16 8:33.775 3 –
11 62 George Yardley 2:33:25.164 2 laps 16 8:32.889 2 –
12 81 Chris Wagstaff 2:34:14.555 2 laps 16 8:38.371 6 –
13 608 Ryan Phillips 2:35:25.316 2 laps 16 8:42.186 2 –
14 38 Nyles Reid 2:26:08.602 3 laps 15 8:46.182 7 –
15 27 Charlie Chater 2:26:43.662 3 laps 15 8:37.173 2 –
16 4 Jacob James 2:27:41.395 3 laps 15 8:54.694 6 –
17 333 Alec Everitt 2:28:58.115 3 laps 15 8:39.995 3 –
18 37 Paddy Twentyman 2:29:41.852 3 laps 15 8:50.857 2 –
19 23 Cole Cookland 2:30:09.580 3 laps 15 8:33.865 3 –
20 10 Jake Brittan 2:31:09.607 3 laps 15 9:18.437 2 –
21 77 Luke Tarr 2:31:50.195 3 laps 15 9:27.649 2 –
22 36 Jack Twentyman 2:32:54.400 3 laps 15 8:59.611 5 –
23 47 Mark Perrott 2:33:02.274 3 laps 15 9:01.533 6 –
24 31 Jack Nixey 2:35:04.654 3 laps 15 8:48.280 2 –
25 178 Ryan Bevan 2:35:07.648 3 laps 15 9:11.574 2 –
26 40 Archie Collier 2:25:35.237 4 laps 14 8:52.128 2 –
27 74 Cefyn Games 2:26:06.916 4 laps 14 9:13.951 5 –
28 816 Roy Broomfield 2:27:00.380 4 laps 14 9:09.244 5 –
29 67 John Bradford 2:30:54.613 4 laps 14 9:27.304 5 –
30 44 James Palmer 2:34:32.098 4 laps 14 9:02.368 6 –
31 12 David Wathen 2:35:40.919 4 laps 14 9:58.325 2 –
32 546 Robert Murfin 2:27:18.225 5 laps 13 9:47.607 3 –
33 501 Dave Cooper 2:27:34.106 5 laps 13 9:49.137 5 –
34 78 Liam Owens 2:31:34.850 6 laps 12 10:21.212 2 –
35 73 Aiden Bowker 2:26:27.692 8 laps 10 11:01.340 2 –
36 2 Steve Askin 2:26:39.800 8 laps 10 11:17.929 4 –
DNF 14 Rhys Davies 1:48:59.836 0.000 12 8:14.888 4 –
DNF 107 Ben Key 2:06:10.731 0.000 12 8:50.477 3 –
DNF 28 Tom Ellwood 1:18:52.186 0.000 10 7:19.063 6 –
DNF 251 Rchard Heslop 1:41:54.136 0.000 10 8:47.975 7 –
DNF 190 Jack Ditchfield 1:48:32.824 0.000 10 7:48.191 2 –
DNF 6 Paul Clarke 1:36:45.750 0.000 8 9:52.395 4 –
DNF 181 Michael White 1:41:19.027 0.000 8 9:25.042 6 –
DNF 666 Kevin Sandland 1:06:28.077 0.000 7 8:52.679 5 –
DNF 5 Scott Mead 1:12:05.923 0.000 7 9:35.032 3 –
DNF 908 Rob Francom 1:28:32.450 0.000 7 9:32.506 5 –
DNF 1 Daryl Boulter 53:07.167 0.000 6 7:16.042 3 –
DNF 771 Kurtis Colcombe 2:18:31.012 0.000 5 10:29.867 2 –
DNF 130 Fred Adams 18:01.289 0.000 2 9:30.862 2 –
DNF 177 Matt Verrin 15:31.695 0.000 1 0.000 – –