Report & Results – 2015 Ray Levers Road Race


Thomas Humphrey beats James Rutherford to the win at the 2015 Ray Levers Road Race, Diane Lee first woman

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Report & Results – 2015 Ray Levers Road Race
(Matt Rodgers)

A great race held over an increased distance of 10 laps of the 3.4 mile Circuit near Stainton, Rotherham. The Starting field of 69 riders were split in to 3 handicapped groups. The long Marker set off at 10AM promt, followed by the middle markers a further 3 and half minutes later with the scratch group going off another 2 and a half minutes after them.

A lead group of 5 riders quickly established a break from the long marker group with the other two groups in hot pursuit. After around half distance the scratch group caught the middle markers which briefly slowed the pace of the scratch group for about a lap. This was decisive as it meant that the 5 break away riders now looked like they would evade capture from the rest of the peloton. The remnants of the long markers were swept up by the ever expanding peloton but the breakaway was maintaining it lead.

On the final lap Rob Watkinson of Doncaster Wheelers put in a huge attack and distanced the rest of the peloton, he came within 15 seconds of catching the 5 breakaway riders but crucially dragged the main peloton back to the breakaway riders.

4 of the original 5 breakaway riders managed to stay away with Thomas Humphrey of Kirklees Cycling Academy taking the win ahead of James Rutherford (Ominpex Race Team) and Mark Turner (Dinnington RC).

The bunch sprint swallowed up Watkinson just before the line with Joseph White (G4 Acre RT) leading the charge. Dianne Lee (Mule Bar Girl) was the first lady to cross the line coming home just behind the main peloton.


1st – Thomas Humphrey – Kirklees Cycling Academy
2nd – James Rutherford – Ominpex RT
3rd – Mark Turner – Dinnington RC
4th – Jack Ward – Sharrow CC
5th – Joseph White – G4 Acre RT
6th – Simon West – G4 Acre RT
7th – Charlie Renshaw – Bike Box Alan / Envelope Master
8th – Mark Hammersly – Team Wheelguru
9th – Phil Thomas – Liverpool Mercury
10th – Pete Collins – Sharrow CC

1st Lady – Diane Lee – Mule Bar Girl
1st Under 18 – Jack ward – Sharrow CC
1st Senior – Joseph White – G4 Acre RT
1st Master – Simon West – G4 Acre RT
1st A – Rob Watkinson – Doncaster Wheelers
1st B – Phillip Heath – Ashfield RC
1st C – Mark Hammersly – Team Wheelguru
1st Over 55 – Phil Thomas – Liverpool Mercury

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