Result: Ridley/Lazer West Midlands CX League

World star Evie Richards, Samuel Morris, Stephen Knight and Darren Atkins of Zannata Ride Coventry winners at round 8 of the Ridley/Lazer West Midlands CX League on November 11

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Result: Ridley/Lazer West Midlands CX League

Photos: David Perry | Words: Ben Goddard

Women’s under-23 World Champion Evie Richards returned to regional league action as she took an emphatic women’s victory in the eighth round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League in Newport while Sam Morris won the men’s event.

Newport Shropshire CC hosted the latest round of the cyclo-cross league which clashed with the third round of the National Trophy in Crawley. A course around the grounds of Newport Rugby Club weaved around the pitches before a quick descent and grassy climb.

Under-23 rider Morris (Revolution Racing) took his maiden victory of the series after three places on the senior podium this season.
Despite having a slower start Morris soon joined the front of the race in the opening lap and was joined by round six winner Robert Burns (Islabikes), Anthony Neave (Stourbridge CC) and Nick Morris (Clee Cycles).

Morris, from Bridgnorth, took the front on the second lap and put his rivals under pressure on a technical section before forcing a slender lead which he extended throughout the race. Behind Burns, from Worcester, was a lone chaser bunny hopping the planks and finishing 35 seconds behind the winner while Neave finished third.

It was a double victory for the Morris family as Daniel Morris clinched a slender win in the junior category following a race-long battle with Josh Field (Halesowen A&CC) while Sam Wainwright (Redditch Road & Path CC) took third. “It’s my first cross win of the season after winning some time-trials and criteriums,” said Sam Morris.

“I noticed a few people struggling so I hit the front and pushed through the technical section. The group strung out, so I kept going and the gap grew a bit although I thought it would have got closed down.” Morris is currently studying at Loughborough University and has been splitting his racing between the West Midlands and Leicestershire League- where he has picked up two second places.

World Champion Richards

The women’s race was a show of strength by Malvern-based Richards who pulled out a 44 seconds gap on the opening lap and didn’t look back, eventually winning by almost five minutes. The Trek Factory Racing rider also finished second in the World Cup round in Iowa City in America.

Behind a three-way battle for the remaining podium places developed between Karen Summers, Melissa Baker (Team Empella and Julie Caddick. Veteran rider and round six winner Summers, from Wellington, forced out a slender advantage with Baker originally following before falling away slightly and despite keeping the gap steady Summers finished 17 seconds ahead of Baker with Caddick a further four seconds back.

The imperious Stephen Knight (Team Jewson MI Racing) took a comfortable victory in the veteran’s over-50 age category. Behind a close battle behind resulted in a sprint finish for second with Philip Roach (Team Jewson MI Racing) beating Stephen Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC).

In the youth race Samuel Holwill (Hafren CC) made the trip from Powys worthwhile by riding clear to take a clear victory in the under-16 boys by a minute and 20 seconds. Oliver Baker (Wolverhampton Whls) led the chase behind and grew out a clear gap for second ahead of team-mate William Farmer.

The under-14 category was also won by another visiting rider to the league with Joe Watkins-Wilson (Eastlands Velo) taking the win ahead of Tomos Pattinson (Halesowen A&CC) in second and Dan Porter (Bolton Hot Wheels) in third. In the girl’s category Grace Lister (Wolverhampton Whls) road away from her rivals to win the event.

First under-14 rider Ellie Swingell (Halesowen A&CC) finished second overall ahead of team-mate Isla Blain in third. Second under-14 rider was Hannah Cockroft with Rebecca Woodvine (Mid Shropshire Whls) in third.

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2 Karen Summers Private Member V45 Female
3 Melissa Baker Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com U23 Female
4 Julie Caddick Brotherton Cycles Senior Female
5 Hannah Pearson FISHFACE CYCLES RT Senior Female
6 Lauren Humphreys Boompods EDCO NRG Senior Female
7 Jessica Cobbe Leicestershire Road Club U23 Female
8 Annie Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC U23 Female
9 Amanda Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V40 Female
10 Cath Litherland Holmfirth CC V40 Female
11 Lisa Garside Private Member V50 Female
12 Helen Pritchard Sytri – Shrewsbury Triathlon V50 Female
13 Lynsey Whitley Chester Rc V40 Female
14 Jane Chapman Nova Raiders Cycling Club V50 Female
15 Claire Hughes Solihull CC V40 Female
16 Hannah Noone stafford road club Senior Female
17 Jackie Lake Stourbridge Cc V50 Female
18 Pam Saunders Stourbridge Cc V55 Female
19 Roxanne Jevons Here Come The Belgians Senior Female
20 Rosie Hopkins Wyre Forest CRC V40 Female
21 Jenny Newton Nova Raiders Cycling Club V45 Female
22 Rita Humphreys Coventry Cycling Club V50 Female

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1 Samuel Morris Revolutions Racing U23 Male
2 Robert Burns Islabikes Senior Male
3 Anthony Neave Stourbridge Cc U23 Male
4 Jonathan Brain Private Member Senior Male
5 Chris Bailey KTM UK Factory MTB Team Senior Male
6 Darren Atkins Zannata Ride Coventry X Gear V45 Male
7 Daniel Watts Raf Cc Senior Male
8 Nick Morris Clee Cycles Senior Male
9 Joseph Lister Wolverhampton Whls U23 Male
10 Gary Price RST/Cycle Division Racing Team Senior Male
11 Neil Haywood Fishface Cycles Senior Male
12 Phillip Glaze Stourbridge Cc V40 Male
13 Jimmy Smith Specialized Racing Senior Male
14 Andrew Wearing Mike Vaughan Cycles Senior Male
15 Jonathan Williams Fred Williams Cycles Senior Male
16 Jason McNulty Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40 Male
17 Nicholas Popham Rotor Race Team V45 Male
18 Daniel Morris Private Member Junior Male
19 Josh Field Halesowen A & CC Junior Male
20 Colin Miller Ride Coventry V40 Male
21 Claude Binchet Solihull CC Senior Male
22 Sam Wainwright Redditch Road & Path CC Junior Male
23 Mark Allen Congleton Cc U23 Male
24 John Darroch Private Member V45 Male
25 Gareth Vickers Stourbridge Cc Senior Male
26 Gareth Scott Bicicielo V45 Male
27 Robert Grimes Wyre Forest CRC V40 Male
28 Matt Dowler Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior Male
29 John McAllister Private Member Senior Male
30 John Pritchard Audlem Cc Senior Male
31 Sam Chatwin Private Member V40 Male
32 Thomas Smith Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) Senior Male
33 Ross Litherland Rapha Cc V40 Male
34 Thomas Colley Newport Shropshire CC Senior Male
35 David Watt Egni Senior Male
36 Ben Colley Newport Cc Senior Male
37 Zak White Wolverhampton Whls U23 Male
38 Andy Collis Bicicielo V45 Male
39 Martyn Vickers Lichfield City CC V40 Male
40 Fraser Blain Halesowen A & CC V45 Male
41 Scott Matthews Redditch Road & Path CC Junior Male
42 Philip Jevons Here Come The Belgians Senior Male
43 Mark White Mid Shropshire Wheelers V40 Male
44 Michael Warner Stratford CC V40 Male
45 Thomas Williams Beacon Roads CC Junior Male
46 Nick Long Nova Raiders Cycling Club Senior Male
47 Gareth Evans Revolutions Racing V40 Male
48 Ed Middleton Private Member Senior Male
49 Joshua Hubble Halesowen A & CC Junior Male
50 Ian Warr Redditch Road & Path CC V40 Male
51 Dominic Noone stafford road club Senior Male
52 Mitchell Ward Private Member Senior Male
53 Richard Lowe Redditch Road & Path CC V45 Male
54 John Dyer Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team V40 Male
55 Kevin Hayward Stourbridge Cc V45 Male
56 Mark Goodwill Senior Male
57 Ashley Wright Dynamic Rides CC Senior Male
58 Spencer Parker Private Member V45 Male
59 Matthew Boazman Wyre Forest CRC Senior Male
60 Darren Shaw Stourbridge velo V45 Male
61 Gerard Scott Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V45 Male
62 Neil Upton Senior Male
63 Thomas Green Solihull CC Junior Male
64 Liam Owen Pirate Juice Cc Senior Male
65 Ian Grant Senior Male
66 Paul Daniels Royal Leamington Spa CC (RLSCC) V40 Male
67 Robin Bailey Private Member V40 Male
68 James Strain Redditch Road & Path CC V40 Male
69 Steve Mullen Lichfield City CC V45 Male
70 Brian Crowther Msw V40 Male
71 Neil Wood Private Member V45 Male
72 Michael Brownsword Solihull CC V40 Male
73 Stacey Hubble Halesowen A & CC V45 Male
74 Kevin Lister Kenilworth Wheelers CC V40 Male
75 Timothy Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers V45 Male
76 Steven Humphreys Rugby Velo U23 Male
77 David Green Solihull CC V45 Male
78 Nikki Taylor Newport Shropshire CC V40 Male
79 Ewan Grey Private Member V40 Male
80 Russell McAusland Private Member V40 Male
81 Alex Hall Wolverhampton Whls Junior Male
82 Chris Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC Senior Male
83 Emerson Graham Ride Coventry V45 Male
84 Anthony De-Leon Wolverhampton Whls Senior Male
85 Joshua Hill Clee Cycles Senior Male
86 Andrew Walton Newport Cc V40 Male
87 John Potts Redditch Road & Path CC V45 Male
88 Mark McEnery Private Member V40 Male
89 Dylan Hall Wolverhampton Whls U23 Male
90 Julian Holt West Midlands Police CC V45 Male
91 Paul Hancher Wolverhampton Whls V45 Male
92 Kirk Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC V40 Male
93 Peter Bishop Redditch Road & Path CC V40 Male
94 Craig Hyde Newport Cc V40 Male

VET 50
1 Stephen Knight Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V50M Male
2 Philip Roach Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55M Male
3 Stephen Whitehouse Stourbridge Cc V50M Male
4 Kevin Payton Stourbridge Cc V55M Male
5 Peter Harris Pearce Cycles RT V60M Male
6 Mark Mullender CC Giro V55M Male
7 John Buchan Lichfield City CC V50M Male
8 Richard Lewis Kenilworth Wheelers CC V50M Male
9 Leon Field CC Giro V50M Male
10 Ian Wright Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60M Male
11 Peter Busby Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V55M Male
12 Nigel Jones Rotor Race Team V55M Male
13 Peter Bromwich Private Member V55M Male
14 Ian Watts Cotswold Veldrijden V55M Male
15 Andy Webb Kenilworth Wheelers CC V55M Male
16 Brian Handley Wolverhampton Whls V50M Male
17 Nicholas Vipond Beacon Roads CC V50M Male
18 Michael Vaughan Mike Vaughan Cycles V50M Male
19 Alan Price Newport Shropshire CC V50M Male
20 David Allen Clee Cycles V50M Male
21 Barry Charlton Swinnerton Cycles V50M Male
22 Carl Max Taylor Rotor Race Team V50M Male
23 Mark Farrar Ride Coventry V50M Male
24 John Byatt Private Member V55M Male
25 Simon Jones Fred Williams Cycles V50M Male
26 Chris Watts Matlock CC V60M Male
27 Timothy Stowe Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe V60M Male
28 Mark Garrett Ride Coventry V50M Male
29 Kevin Bodley Fred Williams Cycles V55M Male
30 Gary Rowing-Parker Solihull CC V60M Male
31 David Garrett Rugby Velo V55M Male
32 Richard Graham Worcester St Johns CC V50M Male
33 Paul Gibson Wyre Forest CRC V50M Male
34 Andy Jones Wolverhampton Whls V65M Male
35 Kevin Plant Stoubridge CC V50M Male
36 Ian Pollard Cotswold Veldrijden V55M Male
37 Michael Webb Lichfield City CC V70M Male
38 Andrew Merrick Stourbridge Cc V50M Male
39 Joseph Rowe Bush Healthcare CRT V65M Male
40 Peter Overton Coalville Wheelers CC V50M Male
41 Garry Bolton Wolverhampton Whls V50M Male
42 Peter Hall Halesowen A & CC V50M Male
43 Robert Burns Islabikes V55M Male
44 Steve Chapman Nova Raiders Cycling Club V55M Male
45 Gareth Cann Halesowen A & CC V50M Male
46 Alistair McAdam Macclesfield Wheelers V55M Male
47 David Simmons Private Member V50M Male
48 Gary Hodkinson Mid Shropshire Wheelers V55M Male
49 Mark Deakin Private Member V50M Male
50 Michael Williams Fred Williams Cycles V55M Male
51 Robin Worman Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA V55M Male
52 Iain Chamberlain Private Member V50M Male
53 Angus Page Brereton Wheelers C.C V50M Male
54 Stephen Elcocks Revolutions Racing V50M Male
55 Dave Moore Wrekin Sport V55M Male
56 Martin Tinsley Private Member V55M Male
57 Mark Humphreys Rugby Velo V50M Male
58 Mike Matthews Redditch Road & Path CC V50M Male
59 Peter Carman Lyme RC V60M Male
60 Mick Peakman VC Sevale (Malvern) V60M Male
61 Stuart Walters Kettering CC V70M Male
62 Philip Richardson Wolverhampton Whls V50M Male
63 Steve Price Walsall Bike Project V55M Male
64 Phil Metcalfe Wolverhampton Whls V65M Male
65 Rob Finch Artic Tack V60M Male
66 John Homer Redditch Road & Path CC V50M Male
67 Michael Haddon Wyre Forest CRC V55M Male
68 Derek Hill Stourbridge Cc V65M Male
69 Paul Lewis Halesowen A & CC V50M Male
70 Ian Forrester Kenilworth Wheelers CC V65M Male
71 Malcolm Lindsay Redditch Road & Path CC V50M Male
72 Ian Cadwallader Stourbridge Cc V55M Male
73 Pete Marshall Beacon Roads CC V60M Male
74 Alastair Grant Halesowen A & CC V60M Male
75 Nicholas Selibas Velo Karbona V70M Male
76 Phil Berry Redditch Road & Path CC V65M Male
77 Gordon Richards Private Member V60M Male
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1 Samuel Holwill Hafren CC U16 Male
2 Oliver Baker Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
3 William Farmer Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
4 Joshua Mitchell Private Member U16 Male
5 Ryan Greaves Lichfield City CC U16 Male
6 Fred Meredith Hafren CC U16 Male
7 Jonathan Masters Stratford CC U16 Male
8 Jamie Kennerson Mi Race Academy U16 Male
9 Oliver Tandy Solihull CC U16 Male
10 Joe Homer Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
11 Joe Watkins-Wilson Eastlands Velo U14 Male
12 Tomos Pattinson Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
13 Dan Porter Bolton Hotwells U14 Male
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17 Tom Bulloch Newport Cc U16 Male
18 Benjamin Tomlinson Mid Shropshire Wheelers U16 Male
19 Lewis Tinsley Stratford CC U14 Male
20 Byron Garvey Redditch Road & Path CC U16 Male
21 Xavier Teece-Round Sportcity Velo U14 Male
22 Max Bufton Hafren CC U14 Male
23 Matthew Jordan Stratford CC U14 Male
24 Grace Lister Wolverhampton Whls U16 Female
25 Akhil Kolnaty Solihull CC U14 Male
26 Max Saunders Solihull CC U14 Male
27 Ellie Swingell Halesowen A & CC U14 Female
28 Joshua Darlow Stratford CC U14 Male
29 Alex Dalton Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
30 Alexander Ward Wolverhampton Whls U16 Male
31 Ben Woodhouse Solihull CC U14 Male
32 Billy Laight Private Member U14 Male
33 Isla Blain Halesowen A & CC U16 Female
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36 Luke Brennan Stratford CC U14 Male
37 Hannah Cockroft Private Member U14 Female
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40 Alexander Burden Stratford CC U14 Male
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42 Dan Hutchinson Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
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44 Will Lewis Halesowen A & CC U14 Male
45 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers U14 Female
46 Nathaniel Bunch Wyre Forest CRC U16 Male
47 Molly Lewis Halesowen A & CC U16 Female
48 Posie Forrester Wyre Forest CRC U14 Female
49 Cerys Greaves Lichfield City CC U14 Female
50 Tom Hyde Newport Shropshire CC U14 Male
51 Marc Charton Solihul CC U14 Male
52 Mari Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Female
53 Jack Bristow Malvern Cycle Sport U14 Male
54 Thomas Cartwright Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male
55 Kim Greening Wfcrc U14 Female
56 Harriette Taylor Newport Shropshire CC U14 Female
57 Amelia Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U14 Female
58 Charlie Cooper Worcester St Johns CC U14 Male
59 Joseph Turnbull Redditch Road & Path CC U14 Male

Under 12
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2 Jude Du Toit Newark Castle CC U12 Male
3 Daniel Ward Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles U12 Male
4 Jesse Bradley Lichfield City CC U12 Male
5 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC U12 Male
6 Tom Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U12 Male
7 Rocco Schumacher Pro Vision Race Team U12 Male
8 Jefferson Tear-Verweij Stratford CC U12 Male
9 Zoe Parker Stratford CC U12 Female
10 Andrew Groves Lichfield City CC U12 Male
11 Joe Greening Wyre Forest CRC U12 Male
12 Felix Forrester Wyre Forest CRC U12 Male
13 Murphy Hamilton Lichfield City CC U12 Male
14 Jake Bazeley Mid Shropshire Wheelers U12 Male
15 Teddy Taylor Newport Shropshire CC U12 Male
16 Charlie Colley Newport Shropshire CC U12 Male
17 Samuel Abbott Stratford CC U12 Male
18 Samuel Brownsword Solihull CC U12 Male
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20 Edward Berry Malvern Cycle Sport U12 Male
21 Patrick Neely Solihull CC U12 Male
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23 Ashley Watton Newport Shropshire CC U12 Male
24 Briony Roberts Hafren CC U12 Female
25 Toby Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U12 Male
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27 Mazie Harper U12 Female
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30 Harry Parkes Newport Shropshire CC U12 Male
31 Holly Saunders Solihull CC U12 Female
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33 Sophie Jackson Newport Shropshire CC U12 Female
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Under 10
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6 Daniel Charton Solihull CC U10 Male
7 Rose Lewis Halesowen A & CC U10 Female
8 Elliot Turner Hafren CC U10 Male
9 Ben Bramford-Hale Newport Shropshire CC U10 Male
10 Zach Jenkins U10 Male
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14 Tom Bristow Malvern Cycle Sport U10 Male
15 Lewis Colley Private Member U10 Male
16 Matthew Hitchmough Solihull CC U10 Male
17 William Stokes Redditch Road & Path CC U10 Male
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20 Samuel Thomas Solihull CC U10 Male
21 Toby Middleton Private Member U10 Male
22 Samuel Bishop Redditch Road & Path CC U10 Male
23 George Gregory Wyre Forest CRC U10 Male
24 Stephanie Hopkins Halesowen A & CC U10 Female
25 Ronan Finlinson Redditch Road & Path CC U10 Male
26 Jobe Griffiths Newport Cc U10 Male
27 Daniel Brownsword Solihull CC U10 Male
28 Erin Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers U10 Female
29 Roxanne Schumacher Private Member U10 Female
30 Eddy Porton Redditch Road & Path CC U10 Male
31 Nyla Fletcher Wolverhampton Whls U10 Female
32 Thomas O Brien Msw U10 Male
33 Joshua Pattinson Halesowen A & CC U10 Male
34 Eleanor McGuire Newport Shropshire CC U10 Female
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Under 8
1 Isaac Vickery Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8 Male
2 Jude White Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8 Male
3 Sennen Brown Msw U8 Male
4 Jacob Smith Welland Valley CC U8 Male
5 Lucas Mccann Newport Cc U8 Male
6 Freddie Roberts Hafren CC U8 Male
7 Millie Barton Mid Shropshire Wheelers U8 Female
8 Philippa Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC U8 Female
9 Ben Turner Hafren CC U8 Male
10 Alexander Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC U8 Male
11 Shauna Hamilton Lichfield City CC U8 Female
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13 Benjamin Gilmour Redditch Road & Path CC U8 Male
14 Finn Mccann U8 Male
15 Jessica Askey Private Member U8 Female
16 Jayden Cook Wyre Forest CRC U8 Male
17 Issac Leftwich Newport Cc U8 Male
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6 Elliot Bramford-Hale Newport Cc U6 Male
7 Rory Godfrey Newport Shropshire CC U6 Male
8 Theodor Long U6 Male
9 Samuel Boazman Wyre Forest CRC U6 Male
10 Mollie Cook Wyre Forest CRC U6 Female
11 William Slow U8 Male
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