Report & Results – Middlesbrough Crits


Will Brown & Amy Souter winners at the Highfield Kitchens/Godleys Cycles Spring Shield round 1 at Middlesbrough on Saturday

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Report & Results – Middlesbrough Crits
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Category 3
Birthday boy John Davidson (Cestria Cycles) was in fine charitable form, dishing out free birthday lessons in race craft. The 52 year old sly fox first outwitted the 40 strong 3rd/4th cat field to nab the MuleBar sponsored prime, before openly cackling in the faces of his younger rivals when sneaking away in the final 600 metres to gleefully take the chequered flag.

Watt Cycle Manilla strong man Joel McGlynn foolishly paid little heed to Davidson’s first lesson, and was again half asleep during his second. In a desperate chase up the home straight, the powerhouse McGlynn was making up ground with every pedal stroke, but by the line, the fading old fox had the comfort of two happy metres of air in which to extend his birthday celebrations. Fast finishing Mathias Newsome (Durham University CC) was good enough to hop on the last step of the podium.



The well-drilled hard pedalling Achieve quintet (photo by Michael Craig)
The Open race was a less appealing spectacle. Early aggressive riding by the well-drilled Achieve team saw an early move containing Ben Hetherington and Thomas Timothy forge the first meaningful escape. Joined by hard grafting team mates Will Brown, Jack Rees and Ben Rowe, the flying quintet team time trialled smoothly to a half lap advantage, and held a comfortable race-long lead on the lined-out bunch.

The race was looking impressively brutal, but spectators eagerly waiting for an exciting finale were to be rudely robbed…. No attacks were forthcoming, and neither too was any sniff of a sprint. The quintet eased up and tickled meekly over the line, as if finishing a very slow team pursuit. Sneaky Brown was mindful to poke his wheel ahead of his teammates, claiming the unsatisfactory win ahead of the slightly less mindful Timothy and Hetherington.

4th cats
Henry Johnson (Speedflex) opened his racing career with a great solo win in the 4th cat race. Too strong for the opposition, his smooth pedalling style saw him open a half lap advantage, holding the gap until the line. A hard fought bunch gallop saw Newcastle University rider Joe Hanlon narrowly beat Trevor Finn (Achieve CC).

Amy Souter (Albarosa) was too good for Tyneside Vagabonds lady Althea Carr and Nikki Metcalfe who was the fastest of a large contingent of Watt Cycle Manilla girls.

A large youth field saw an impressive display of power by Hugo Story (Speedflex). Showing how a strong team can still make an exciting race, Story forged an early break with team mate Aaron Preston and both worked solidly. Story was mindful to escape the fast legs of Preston, and unleashed a gruesome attack with a lap remaining. Preston chased hard, but Story extended his lead all the way to the line for a great solo victory. Youth B rider Joe Wilson (Achieve) won the big bunch kick to take third in the race.

Henry Demoily (Speedflex) took the win in the Youth C Boys from Mathew Wells (Tyneside Vagabonds) and Barnaby Walkingshaw (Beacon Wheelers). Adam Makepeace (Stockton Wheelers) was victorious in the Youth D Boys from Daniel Saba (Newcastle Phoenix) and Sam Officer (Stockton Wheelers).

Mathew White (Stockton Wheelers) was stood atop the podium in the Youth E Boys, beating Ben Scott (Newcastle Phoenix ) and Daniel Thompson (Cleveland Wheelers). The girls under 16 saw a great battle with Jess Watt (Speedflex) coming out on top. Her powerful sprint was too good for team mates Sophie Enever and Fiona Turnbull. Robyn Jones was best under 14 girl and Kasey Eyeington the best under 10 girl.

Grace Castle (Newcastle Phoenix) was top podium girl in the under 12s, beating Adele Taylor (Clifton CC) and Beth Orcahrd (Newcastle Phoenix).


1 Will Brown
2 Tom Timothy
3 Ben Hetherington
4 Ben Rowe
5 Jack Rees
6 Alex Luhrs
7 Phillip trodden
8 Julian Varley
9 Andrew Hale
10 Calum Grieve
11 Jack Barrett
12 Chris Mark
13 Martin Hopkinson
14 Chris Fewtrell
15 Stuart Nielson

1 John Davidson
2 Joel McGlyn
3 Mathias Newsome
4 Freddy Jagger
5 Neil Ross
6 Ste How
7 Chris Ranson
8 Paul Lawson
9 Chris green
10 Grant Worrall

1. Amy Souter
2. Althea Carr
3. Nikki Metcalf
4. Julia Macchi
5. Hazel Wright
6. Nicola Parker-Bell
7. Chloe Kelly
8. Jessica Fox

4th cats
1 Henry Johnson
2 Joseph Hanlon
3 Trevor Finn
4 Phillip smith
5 Ian clinton
6 Simon Massey
7 Jack Fawdington
8 Stephen air
9 Darran Moore
10 Russell Wright


Youth- ‘A’ (Under 16 )
1st Jess Watts 3
2nd Sophie Enever 2
3rd Fiona Turnbull 1
Youth- Ability Category ‘B’ (Under 14 )
1st Robyn Jones 3

Youth-‘C’ (Under 12 )
1st Grace Castle 3
2nd Adele Taylor 2
3rd Beth Orchard 1

Youth-‘D’ (Under 10)
1st Kacey Eyeington 3


Youth- ‘A’ (Under 16 )
1st Hugo Story
2nd Aaron Preston
3rd Josh Craven

Youth- ‘B’ (Under 14 )
1st Joe wilson
2nd Hugo Lutz-Atkinson
3rd Jay Dixon

Youth- ‘C’ (Under 12 )
1st Henry Demoily
2nd Mathew Wells
3rd Barnaby Walkingshaw

Youth- ‘D’ (Under 10)
1st Adam Makepeace
2nd Daniel Saba
3rd Sam Officer

Youth- ‘E’ (Under 8)
1st Mathew White
2nd Ben Scott
3rd Daniel Thompson

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