Report/Results: RD 10 North East Cyclo-Cross Series


Stuart Wearmouth solos in to win round 10 of the North East Cyclo-Cross Series at South Shields on Sunday

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Back on familiar territory, Stuart Wearmouth (MTS) produced a faultless display in the CXNE Round 10 at Temple Park Leisure Centre at South Shields.


Wearmouth extended his lead in the overall series and banked a valuable 200 points as the series heads towards the point when his main rival Tony Fawcett (Team Scott UK) will be forced to show his hand having only ridden 4 events this season and requiring another 4 of the remaining 5 events to count.

Wearmouth was quick to chase down Simon Forster (Tyne & Wear Fire Service) who was first away from the gun. However with the first switchback completed, Wearmouth led after the first set of hurdles within sight of the start, and from then on it was business as usual, leading through to start the second with 11 seconds in hand over Keith Murray (Team Scott UK) and Colin Ash (Cestria Cycles RT) who replaced Alan Nixon from last week and assisted the chase.

With the gap at the end of lap 2 to Wearmouth now up to 34 seconds, and fourth placed Jonny Flecther (M Steel Cycles) another 33 seconds back , it was evident the battle for second was providing the main focus of the event. Neck and neck at the end of the 3rd, the fourth was decisive.

With Wearmouth already a minute clear, Murray attacked Ash and finished the lap with a clear 6 seconds in hand. Ash though fought on until the 7th when Murray added another 13 seconds to his 11 second lead over third place. As though was not finished and amazingly pulled back 8 over the course of the penultimate circuit.

As Murray crossed the line, almost 3 minutes behind Wearmouth thought it all became clear as the toll of the previous two weeks made even a vain attempt at a finish line wheelie seem a task. Kenny Johnson (Team Scott UK) scored his second series win this season when he came out best with a race long battle with James Anderson (Adept Precision RT), Keith Ashbridge (VC Cumbria), James Edmond (Ferryhill Whs), Richard Noble (Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue) and Dave Hopper (Cestria CC). With Anderson and Johnson giving as good as the other one gave. Forster’s consolation was to take the combined North East Fire and Rescue competition prize.

With 2 to go 4 seconds separated the first 4 riders until the leading pair of Anderson and Johnson, almost blind to the fact that anyone was anywhere near them, attacked each other and pulled out a 10 second gap. As they headed towards the line, it could have gone either way, but approaching the last corner, Johnson just managed to get the faster line to cross the line a mere second ahead.

Nicola Davies (Beacon Whs) extended her series lead in the Women’s competition as her 159 points gave her a 9 point advantage over second placed Michelle Caisley (Northumbria Police CC) who was breathing down her neck by a third of a point before today. Karen Robinson (One Life Racing) completed the first three places.

If anyone was to come close to Wearmouth’s domination of their event, it had to be his 15 year old team mate Thomas Mein , Mein shot away from the start, chased furiously by last weeks winner Mark Donovan (Beacon Whs), however Donovan, no doubt suffering the effects of last weeks crash, appeared to be in no mood for a scrap as Mein consistently pulled away. Taking the bell, Mein’s 23 second lead left Donovan with a similarly clear lead over Joe Howard (Marton RT). Donovan’s team mate Connie Hurton produced a fabulous ninth place to take the Youth Girls prize ahead of Rhianna Stoves (Derwentside CC) who came in 2 places behind and Anna Kay (Hetton Hawks) in third.

Joseph Allen added to Hettons prize list when he took home the Under 14 boys prize and Fiona Turnbull likewise for the Under 14 Girls. Barnaby Walkinshaw kept Beacon Wheelers name on the leader board as he came in well clear of Hugo Lutz Atkinson (Marton RT) at the end of the 37 rider field of the Under 12’s event. Somewhat worryingly for the rest of the field though was the fact that third place went to Sam Murray (Scott Sports), one of 2 Murray siblings in the field, Ellis also well placed in the Under 10s. Grace Castle (Newcastle Phoenix) also continued to give a warning for the future as she placed 7th, with the six riders ahead of her all boys, and the first three in the higher age group!


1 Stuart Wearmouth MTS Cycle Sport
2 Keith Murray Team Scott UK
3 Colin Ash Cestria Cycling Club
4 Jonny Fletcher M Steel Cycle Racing Team
5 Darren Binks Blackhawk Bikes
6 Darren Gee Teesdale CRC
7 Dean Penfold Newcastle University CC
8 Tom Fowler Worcester Cycle Centre
9 Craig Anderson AchieveSkinnergate Racing
10 Gav Slack Beacon Wheelers
11 Simon Forster Tyne & Wear Fire
12 Clive Upton Hambleton RC
13 Mark Reed Tyneside Vagabonds CC
14 Richard Skinner M Steel Cycle Racing Team
15 Matthew Webb Houghton Cycling Club
16 Adam Hogarth Tyneside Vagabonds
17 Tom Harcourt Blackhawk Bikes
18 Gary Dobson Gala CC
19 David Stevens Houghton Cycling Club
20 Eddie Halstead unattached
21 David Charman Blackhawk Bikes
22 Dean Ridley Derwentside CC
23 Richard Cowling Blackhawk Bikes
24 Jonathan Caisley Northumbria Police CC
25 Simon Davison Blackhawk Bikes
26 Chris Simpson Derwentside CC
27 Dan Small Hamsterly MTB Racing
28 Ross Laidlaw Gala CC
29 Michael Harcourt Blackhawk Bikes
30 James Verrill Marton RT
31 Henry Aarvold unattached
32 Richard Pallister Blackhawk Bikes
33 Andrew Lovell Gosforth RC
34 Steven Johnson unattached
35 Benjamin Othen Barnesbury CC
36 Mark Armstrong Newcastle Mountain Bike Club
37 Richard Cleathero EMC
38 Paul Maven M Steel Cycle Racing Team
39 Raimon Marin unattached
40 Phil Cook unattached
41 Kevin Ball unattached
42 George March unattached
43 Paul Rafferty unattached
44 Richard Dakin unattached
45 Christopher Orchard Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club
46 Mike Hoy Hetton Hawks CC
47 Laurence Seviour Blackhawk Bikes
48 Julian Waller Cycleways VC Briganti

Vets Women & Junior
1 Kenny Johnson Team Scott UK V40
2 James Anderson Adept Precision RT V40
3 Keith Ashbridge VC Cumbria V40
4 James Edmond Ferryhill Wheelers Jun
5 Richard Noble Tyne and Wear Fire V40
6 Dave Hopper Cestria Cycles RT V40
7 Phil Davies Beacon Wheelers V40
8 Brian Johnson Barnesbury CC V40
9 Steve Smales V40
10 Colin James Beacon Wheelers V40
11 Mick Aspey Northumbria Police CC V40
12 Ray Honour MTS Cycle Sport Inkland RT V40
13 Sean Hoban VC Cumbria V40
14 Elliot Davidson Cestria Cycles RT JUN
15 Barry Kipling MTS Cycle Sport Inkland RT V50
16 Michael Hardcastle RAF CC V40
17 Stephen Grey Derwentside CC V40
18 Brad Tooze Derwentside CC V40
19 Colin Blacklock Unattached V50
20 Andy Moss Adept Precision RT V50
21 James Fawcett Hetton Hawks CC JUN
22 Clifford Featherstone MTS Cycle Sport Inkland RT V50
23 Bill Kay Hetton Hawks CC V40
24 Martin Worner Teesdale CRC V50
25 Graeme Gow Tyneside Vagabonds CC V50
26 Jon Bardgett Beacon Wheelers V50
27 Derek Hurton Beacon Wheelers V40
28 Joe Mann Derwentside CC JUN
29 Richard Lewis Tyneside Vagabonds CC V40
30 Paul Whitehill Houghton Cycling Club V40
31 Andrew Edmond Ferryhill Wheelers V40
32 David Linsley Tyne and Wear Fire V40
33 Mark Mather Adept Precision RT V40
34 John Gilling Unattached V50
35 Bob Murdoch Teesdale CRC V50
36 Edward Sarmiento V40
37 Chris Dobson Stockton Wheelers CC V50
38 Paul King Border City Wheelers CC V50
39 Nicola Davies Beacon Wheelers W
40 Colin Murray Unattached V40
41 Tony Fawcett Hetton Hawks CC V50
42 Jonathan Allan Here Come The Belgians V50
43 Aidan MacDermott GS Metro V50
44 Wayne Coates Derwentside CC V40
45 Jason Hurt Stockton Wheelers CC V40
46 Mark Bell Unattached V40
47 Steven Bullivant Newcastle Phoenix CC V40
48 Michelle Caisley Northumbria Police CC W
49 Declan Bowler Stockton Wheelers CC JUN
50 Mark Evans CTC V40
51 Paul Steadman Sunderland Clarion CC V40
52 Tim Newton Newcastle Phoenix CC V40
53 Karen Robertson One Life Racing W
54 Simon Rhodes Hamsterley Trailblazers V40
55 Alison Sarmiento Harrogate Nova W
56 David Swainson Derwentside CC V40
57 Howard Davies Unattached V40
58 Louise Hamilton Teesdale CRC W
59 Pamela Glover Derwentside CC W
60 Jackie Brady Unattached W
61 Stephen Hesler Hetton Hawks CC V40
62 Peter Stuart Abbs Hetton Hawks CC V40
63 Jeff Codling Derwentside CC V40
64 Dave Simpson Beamish Oddsox V40
65 Paul Bosomworth MTS Cycle Sport Inkland RT V50
66 Danny Winthorpe Tyneside Vagabonds CC V50
67 David Jackson Unattached V50
68 Lisa Waistell Beacon Wheelers W
69 Dave Mclean Hetton Hawks CC V50
70 Nick Armstrong Morpeth Harriers V40
71 David Reay Unattached V40
72 Gill Jackson Unattached W
73 Peter Reed Houghton Cycling Club V50
74 Phil Gray E3 V40
75 Antony Glover Derwentside CC V40
76 Iain Robertson One Life Racing V40
77 Paul Robson Houghton Cycling Club V50

1. Thomas Mein, MTS Cyclesport
2 Mark Donovan, Beacon Wheelers at 57sec
3 Joe Howard, Marton RT at 1:07

U12 Results
1 Barnarby Walkinshaw Beacon Wheelers U12
2 Hugo LutzAtkinson MRT U12
3 Sam Murray Scott Sports U12
4 Michael Tait DCC U10
5 Daniel Holmes Tyneside Vags U10
6 Max LutzAtkinson MRT U10
7 Grace Castle Newcastle Pheonix U10
8 Joseph Brown SWCC U10
9 Arron Brown Muddy Brown Events U12
10 Mathew Brennan Unattached U10
11 Will Hetherington Newcastle Pheonix U12
12 Dylan Slack Beacon Wheelers U10
13 Lititia Hay Hetton Hawkes U10
14 Ellis Murray Scott Sports U10
15 Joe Case Tyneside Vags U8
16 Ryan Hesler Hetton Hawkes U12
17 Thomas Maddison Darlington CC U12
18 Daniel Saba Newcastle Pheonix U10
19 Owen Donaldson DCC U8
20 Chloe Collins Tyneside Vags U10
21 Joel Hurt SWCC U8
22 Ben Etherington Stockton Whlrs U10
23 Sophie Donaldson DCC U10
24 Enya Stoves DCC U10
25 Harry Burrell Unattached U12
26 Beau Walkinshaw Beacon Wheelers U10
27 Faye Titherinton Hetton Hawkes U10
28 Maisie Hurt SWCC U12
29 Cody Lee Hetton Hawkes U10
30 Jack Newton Newcastle Pheonix U12
31 Katie Handley Hetton Hawkes U12
32 Elizabeth McKinnon DCC U10
33 Lucy Glover DCC U8
34 Joe Burrell Unattached U10
35 Harvey Nicod DCC U8
36 JaceCharles Barry Unattached U10
37 Tom Brennan Unattached U8


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