Report – Ludgershall Winter Series


Graham Robins reports from round 4 of the Ludgershall Winter Series on Saturday where the winner was Tom Morris

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Ludgershall Winter Series Round 4 | Saturday 24th January

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By Graham Robins
Racing finally got underway at the REME test track in the town of Ludgershall on the edge of Salisbury Plain once many a sack full of rock salt was deposited onto it and the sun had risen above the tree lined course allowing the ice to melt away. A bitterly cold wind blew around the track keeping the overall temperatures low all morning.

First onto the 0.9 mile track were the fourth cats riders, their race was 30mins and three laps in distance and despite some attacks the race finally was decided when Rob McGrath (ACU) slipped off the front with 5mins to go and soon built a lead of about 20secs which he maintained to the finish.

Next up were the 3rd cats that now had a drying track but a strong bitterly cold wind to deal with. This race was 40mins and three laps. The race had to wait until the 38th minute before Charlie Cooper (VC St Raphael) attacked but the bunch were not prepared to allow a sneaky move to catch them out and within a lap he was pulled back. The race all came down to a bunch sprint which was won on the line by Adam Cloke (SD Racing).


The final racing of the day saw the E/1/2 on the circuit along with the women, split by a 30secs gap. The men were racing for 45mins and 3laps and the women doing 40mins +3laps. Both the races were decided at roughly the same time when first Tom Morris (PNE) and George Stainton-Ellis (ASL Projects) slipped away from the bunch and between them they soon had built up a lead of 35secs. The women’s race totally split and two riders Chanel Mason (ACU) and Natasha Reddy (RP Racing) pulled clear by 45secs leaving the rest to fight it out for third.

On the half hour mark Tom Morris put in a big attack and got clear of George who soon found himself collected by the bunch although he did manage to stay at the front and win the bunch sprint. As the remaining minutes ticked away there were no changes at the front of each race until Chanel slipped Natasha to also solo to the win in the women’s race.

4th Cat only
1 Robert McGrath Army Cycling Union
2 Alex Clarke Army Cycling Union
3 Daniel Baker ASL Projects Racing Team
4 David Atkinson Bath Cycling Club
5 Alex Hart
6 Matthew Downie
7 Toby Spibey Outdoor Traders Cycling Club
8 Nathan Starnes Tri UK
9 Simon White Westbury Wheelers
10 Edward Wu Sotonia CC
11 Matthew Bond
12 Steven Whitcher Hargroves Cycles CC
13 Michael Champion Southampton University RC
14 William Sawyer Abbotts Ann Cycles
15 Andrew Guest Sarum Velo
16 Kevin Easterbrook Royal Air Force CC
17 Harry Chamberlain Southampton University RC
18 Aaron Thompson Portsmouth North End CC
19 Andrew Mackay Sotonia CC
20 Nicholas Buck Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
21 Sam Dorkings
22 Christopher Barritt Southampton University RC
23 Keith Hendron Army Cycling Union

3rd Cat only
1 Adam Cloke SD Racing Team
2 Richard Smith Army Cycling Union
3 Kerry Greenham Army Cycling Union
4 Charlie Cooper VC St Raphael
5 Simon Potter WyndyMilla
6 Joseph Andrews Eden Veranda Racing
7 Jamie Streather VC St Raphael
8 Kim Little Merida Factory Racing
9 Paul Ferguson Velo Club Walcot
10 Andrew Lockwood Southampton University RC
11 Timothy Allen RP Racing Team
12 Spencer Robinson Newbury RC
13 Douglas Tandy Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
14 James Brickell Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
15 Christian Hatton VC St Raphael
16 Rory Gilling Performance Cycles
17 Tom Bolton Oxford University Cycling Club
18 Ian Phillips Army Cycling Union
19 James Vanieris Southdown Velo
20 Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia CC
21 Sean Townsend Radeon Cycle Coaching
22 Carsten Duke Army Cycling Union
23 Nick Skardon Velo Club Walcot
24 Tom Stocker Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
25 Edmond Irwin SD Racing Team
26 Thomas Wood Paul Milnes – Bradford Olympic
27 Giles Prentice Velo Club Walcot
28 Alex Collins Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
29 Oliver Clark RP Racing Team
30 Benjamin Urquhart Blazing Saddles Road Cycling C

1 Tom Morris Portsmouth North End CC
2 George Stainton-Ellis ASL Projects Racing Team
3 Harvey Morcombe Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
4 Timothy Harkness Maison Du Velo-Storck Bikes UK
5 Richard Unwin VC Meudon
6 James Champken VC St Raphael
7 Tom Bolton Oxford University Cycling Club
8 Tom Stocker Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
9 Simon Potter WyndyMilla
10 Cameron Thompson VC St Raphael

E/1/2/3/4 Women
1 Chanel Mason Army Cycling Union
2 Natasha Reddy RP Racing Team
3 Kimberley Preston Army Cycling Union
4 Alexandra Farquhar Army Cycling Union
5 Elizabeth Dunne Army Cycling Union
6 Sarah Hardy Army Cycling Union
7 Elizabeth Campbell Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
8 Sulette Klopper Army Cycling Union

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