What a day, glourious sunshine, strong breeze blowing over the top of the venue! and Santa made a guest apperance as well. After 3 days near solid rain the course was in fantastic condition with no deep mud anywhere. The conditions were very fast under tyre and with every type of cx terrain you could possibly expect with steps, run ups, off chamber corners, sandpit (which was great fun), drop offs etc. First off were the U12’s on a shortened course but still testing inc the sandpit. Again B Dowson led from the strat and came in first in 12.30mins covering 6 laps. There was great battle for 2nd & 3rd between A Grahma & A Brown until the last lap when Sam pulled away to get 2nd followed by A rran 3rd overall & 1st U10. They all went away with a good hanful of goodies as its nearly Xmas. Onto the U14/16’s was based on the full course and F Roberston led from the start to take 1st overall and 1st U16 in 28.12mins covering 5 laps. 2nd was N Hamilton, 1st U14, then 3rd R Stoves, 2nd U14 and then 3rd U14 A Brown. Again all went away with cash and a handful of Xmas goodies.
Onto the main race the sun was still out and the wind was more gusty now on the more exposed top sections of the course. T Fawcett led from the start and pulled a clear led and came in 1st covering 11 laps. 2nd Sen was C Ash then 3rd Sen A Nixon. 1st V40 R Honour, 1st V50 G Turner, 1st V60 J CArr, 1st Jun E Davidson, 1st Lady S Murray. Full reusults are in the Results Section. Leagues are also updated inc rd7. Photos are here – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/NECCLRD7SouthShields02 more pics here as well thanks to Richard Elsdon http://www.flickr.com/photos/dickyelsdon/sets/72157632319657529/with/8301497516/
Many thanks to Andrew Burridge & all his heplers for organising the round. Also a thank you to South Tyneside Council for the use of Gypsies Green and all the facilities.