NECCL WINTER SERIES – Round 3 Gallagher Park, Bedlington, Northumberland Sun 4th Nov 2012
With a heavy overnight frost/ice and freezing fog this was a great start to the day but by the time the first race started the sun was blazing and very little wind made for fantastic race conditions. The U12’s did a shortened course based around the top field area and had a gentle climb in to test the younger ones. D Holmes led from the start with P Errington chasing behind and A Brown chasing Paul it was a great battle. The gaps started to grow slightly as the race progressed but all riders kept their positions for the finishing flag. Then it was onto the older kids U16/14’s which was based around the full 1.22mile adult circuit. The ground was starting to soften in places with the sun melting the overnight frost but was still good going. C Aspey led from the start and knew the course well with A Brown holding a gap to maintain second place. 3rd place S Myers was starting to catch A Brown on the last lap but Angus had a strong finish and kept 2nd overall. The last race of the day was the main race with Sen/Vet/Lady & Jun doing the full 50-60mins. The course was in very good condition considering the recent weather and there was only one soft short muddy uphill section to tackle. There was a great mix of up / down / singletrack and off chamber corners. There was some great battles between many riders and including plenty of singlespeed nutters. On that note Colin May Velo Club Edinburgh took the overall win on the day by a clear margin with A Burridge SWARM taking second and C Donaldson GS Metro third . 1st V40 G Mount, 1st V50 P Robson, 1st V60 J Carr and 1st Lady was H Ingoe. Many thanks to Geoff Turner & all the helpers / marshalls from Barnesbury CC for orgainising the event. Also a thank you to the Council for the use of the land. The photos are here https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247 and the full results are in the RESULTS Section.