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Round 3 – Eston Hills Results

Ok, the results can be viewed here.

NECCL RACE REPORT. ROUND 3- 11th Oct 09, NHS Trust Centre (Formerly
Flatts Lane College) Eston Hills, Middlesbrough.

*The first race of the day for the Under 12 took place on a slightly
shorten course to last year but just as tough and challenging .
Following on from last week, saw a start to finish win for Matthew
Worton of Stockton Whrs in a field 11 riders. Hetton Hawks rider Angus
Brown  followed up in 2nd place.  3rd place going to Nicholas McWhirter
of Merida Cycles.  Again following on from last weeks win, Alex Hopper
Cleveland Whrs took the honour  also in a start to finish win in the
Under 16/14 with Joe Brown Hetton Hawks taking 2nd place.  Joe’s  team
mates  Alex Harris clinched the battle for 3rd spot overall and 1st
placed U14 from  James  Edmond Ferryhill Whrs where the pair had been
neck and neck for 4 of the 5 laps in 30 minutes on the full course.

The main event saw Tony Fawcett NFM RT go one better that last week to
win this week in a time of 49:40. Covering 10 laps of tough terrain with
long wispy meadow grass, with up and down sections  leading in to
compulsory  dismounts  and  some  technical single track though the
trees. Tony Glover Derwentside CC made up for his technical mishap of
last week where he dropped back from 2nd place to 8th, by staying there
this week. Again as in the U16/14 race there was a race long battle for
3rd spot between James Anderson of Picarsso Pulman  and Alan Nixon Adept
Precision with Alan just pipping James in the final up hill sprint to
the finish line.  James was leading Vet. The leading Junior was William
Brown Cleveland Whrs who finished in 11th overall.

Record field for Darlington Cyclo Cross

Perfect conditions and the popularity of the now well established Branksome School venue in Darlington, resulted in another record entry for the Ferryhill Wheelers promoted Cyclo Cross.

100 riders signed on over the 3 races, in bright, dry conditions, with the course conditions the firmest and fastest the venue has known in its 7 year history. 78 riders competed in the main race for the seniors, the biggest field the north east has seen in many years and highlights the growing popularity of the sport. With a relatively short lap, fast conditions and big field, it made for an exciting race.

Steven Ward of MTS Cyclesport led from the start and never gave up his lead, quickly pulling out a 10 second gap over nearest challenger, Tony Fawcett (NFM RT) who won the preceding round at Hetton Lyons, but barring crashes or mechanicals Ward never looked like giving up his lead. The main scrap was for the 3rd spot, between Keith Murray (Hope Factory Racing) and Alan Nixon (Adept Precision RT), with Nixon eventually taking the place by pulling out a few second advantage on the final lap. Malcolm Lewis (MTS) came in 5th 10 seconds later. 5 Juniors competed in the main race, all finishing in the top half of the placings, with Joe Home (K Home International) the highest placed in an excellent 7th overall. Barry Kipling, also of MTS, was first Vet home in 9th, with Karen Howard the first Lady finisher.

Riding the same course as the seniors, 7 riders took part in the youth race, with Alex Hopper (Cleveland Wheelers) the clear winner in the Under 16’s event, with Joe Brown (Hetton Hawks) second. James Edmond of the promoting club, Ferryhill Wheelers, took the Under 14’s event in his first race in the category, with Elliot Davidson (Hetton Hawks) second.

A healthy field of 15 riders in the under 12’s race saw some spirited riding from children as young as 6. Eleven year old Matthew Worton (Stockton Wheelers) came home first after 7 laps of a shortened but still tough course, with Thomas Mein and Emma Brady (both of Hetton Hawks) in second and third.

The event was again supported by Darlington Borough Council, ensuring all entrants in the youth races went home with spot prizes for their efforts
Round 3 of the North east Cyclo Cross League takes place at the NHS Trust Centre (former Flatts Lane College), Eston Hills on Sunday 11th October, promoted by Cleveland Wheelers. Further information on the league can be found at its website

Round 2 – Even More

We return to Award Winning Venue for another Darlo Challenge. As the years have gone over this venue has improved vastly with one of the best turnouts for the series in previous years. There is a great variety of terrain inc technical sections through the woods and streams to open grassy sections weaving through the trees. The round is very kindly sponsored/ promoted by DARLINGTON BOUROUGH COUNCIL & WESTBROOK CYCLES. There will be 12no cash prizes and spot prizes available for the kids so please stay after the race for the presentation.

Directions from the A1M- turnoff onto the A68, turn right Prior Street, turn right Newton Lane then left onto Egglestone View, over the speed humps & the course will be on your left. Continue up to the school and left in at the far gates. Parking is around the very sharp bend to the rear carpark.

Directions from A167- turnoff onto A68, turn left Cockerton, straight on Green Lane then left onto Egglestone View, rest as above. For sat nav users the postcode for the school is DL3 9SH.

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NECCL Winter 2008 Season – Round 1

Rd 1 Hetton Lyons Country Park, Houghton Le Spring. Sun 20th Sept 09

The first opening round is to be held at HETTON LYONS. Tony and Derwentside CC will be setting out a challenging course with a great mix of climbs, downhill, singletrack etc. First race starts at 10.30am and the main race at 12.30pm followed by the presentation.

Facilities will include – car parking, indoor signing on, showers, toilets, changing rooms etc

Directions– from the A1M turn off junction 62 and take the A690 towards Sunderland. Then take the slip road signposted A182 for Hetton Le Hole, continue along the road (Hetton Country Park is signposted with Brown tourist signs) until you see Barclays bank on your right. At the this junction turn left into Caroline Street, at the end turn right/straight on onto Downs Pit Lane. Hetton Lyons is on your right.

Time Age Ride Fees
10.30am U12 Free
11.15am U16/14 & Novice Lady £3.00
12.30pm Sen / Vet / Lady / Jun £5.00 & £8.00 (non tli members)

View NECCL Hetton-le-Hole in a larger map

Events and more events

These ones maybe of interest to all you muddy riders out there!! ( thanks for the list Mr Brown )

Check out a few other events over the winter months other than CX – dont forget about the New Winter Night Series as well starting in Sept :P

Kielder 100 miler MTB Race – 5th Sept 09 all the info here –

Durham Big Ride – County Hall – 6th Sept 09
Four different events from 3miles upto the 50m BEAST, goodie bag + T shirt, see ya on route somewhere :shock: check out details here –
entry form here (online as well) –

Hell of the North 100miler – 6th Sept 09
All the info here – … (Documents)/hellofthenorth.pdf

Tour of Britian Stage 2 Darlington – Gateshead 13th Spet 09
All the info here – … _route.asp

7th Annual GMSR Stout – Hamsterley Forest – 13th Sept 09

Three different MTB events, check out the details here – … nnual-gmsr
entry form here – … Form09.doc

Kielder Oktoberfest Mtb Race – 10th Oct 09

All the details here – … ame=Events

Lightwater Valley Laike MTB Race – 8th Nov 09

The classic race of the season is back again now with time trails again – see ya there !
all the info here –

Muddy Brown turns to the darkside!!

Yes, that ever lovable dude has arranged some more crazy events for all you mud lovin riders out there see here for full details : download pdf

If you missed the summer series then now is your chance to do it all again in the dark!!!

Check out the new blog from Mr Brown


Rd 1 – Wed 23rd Sept 09

Rd 2 – Wed 7th Oct 09

Rd 3 – Wed 21st Oct 09

Rd 4 – Wed 4th Nov 09

Rd 5- Wed 18th Nov 09

Venue – (tbc) Sports Centre, John St North, Meadowfield,

Co Durham. DH7 8RS

Come along and get some training during the Winter Cyclo Cross / Offroad season, enjoy and have some fun in the dark !

** Don’t forget to bring along your lights and helmet.**

Three peaks comming soon..

NECCL Riders do the 3 Peaks

Good luck to all the NECCL riders who are about to embark on that great adventure know as The Three Peaks!!!

Photos from 2008

Website :

So far this is a list of the crazies … em brave riders currently entered ( and I’m one of them!! )

Vince Potter – Cleveland Wheelers
Anthony Griffiths – Derwentside CC
Ian Dunn – Ferryhill Wheelers
Keith Murray – Hope Factory Racing.
Rich Barnett – MTS
Alan King – MTS
Colin Humphreys – Red Rose Olympic CC
Craig Greenough
Mark Bayne – Richmond CC
David Clark – Richmond CC
Phil Simmonds – Richmond CC
Kevin Sabiston
Paul Bosomworth
Cliff Featherstone – MTS
Martin womer – teesdale CRC

Andy Strong – Bishop Auckland

Rob Land – Bishop Auckland

Nikki Willis & Luke Willis – Bishop Auckland