Event: Colchester Rovers Mistley Cross   Add this to my calendar (Outlook etc.)

Date: Sunday, 23 January 2005

Promoter: Colchester Rovers CC

Contact: Ken Baker 01206 520707(h) emmross@ntlworld.com

Location: Furze Hill, Mistley, Essex. Click here for a map. Click the grey arrows at the bottom right of the map to see a detailed version.

Report: A crisp winterís day, with the Mistley course uncharacteristically firm for this time of the year. Many thanks to Tim Butler, who brought a site light so that we could actually see in the registration hall. And, of course, thanks to Julie Baker for keeping us topped up with tea and cakes.

Andrew Griffiths ceremoniously sauntered round the course in splendid isolation for an easy day at the office, but the real action was just behind him: Carl Harris and Adam Towers were together for the whole race. It came down to a final sprint, which Carl took with style. Joe Perret had a good ride to be first Under 14, and a special mention is due to Rob OíLaughlin who came 5th in his first attempt at cyclo-cross. Well done, Rob.

In the Under 12s, media star Hugo Robinson dominated as usual. George Mattin tried to dictate the pace at the start, but from lap 3 had to settle for second place. There was hot competition between the girls today. Ellen Trigg was first girl and 4th overall, leaving Cara Ainsworth as 2nd girl.

Disappointment today as there were no ladies riding in the main race, so the scorers only had older boys to encourage. Carl Davey and Shaun Aldous led the race for the first few laps. Then Shaun decided that he didnít need any company and flew off the front, giving himself another very comfortable win and clinching the Senior league title in the process. Nathan Miller came in ahead of Carl Thompson, despite breaking a chain half way through. Nathan clawed his way back into 3rd position in time for the chequered flag.

The rivalry at the top end of the Vets race kept up the nail-biting tension. Mark Farrow started strongly, aided by front row gridding. Dave Copland had a slower start, but steadily cranked up the pressure. While Dave was making great inroads bridging the gap, Mark decided to head butt a tree in dramatic fashion, cracking his bike frame. At first he didnít realise the drastic effect of his crash so he wasted 20 seconds putting his chain back on. Once the truth dawned on him, Mark had to run to the pits for his spare bike. And so Rome was lost. Dave speeded up each lap and finished first Vet and 6th overall. Mark worked hard and caught Bruce Robinson in the final sprint to grab 2nd Vet. Heíll need the prize money to go towards a new frame. Jay Hunter was first Junior, finishing a minute and a half ahead of Dan Parker who was second.

We mustnít forget young Matt (sorry Ė we donít know your surname) who offered a bike washing service with proceeds going to the Tsunami appeal. It was good to see several of the winners donate their prizes to this cause.

Results:

Sen/Jun/Vet/Women        Lap-o-meter        League table        Youth        Under 12

PositionNumberNameCategoryTeamTime
15Shaun AldousSenInterbike RT11 laps in 1:00:39
21Carl DaveySenUnattached+1:37
312Nathan MillerSenAnglia Sport+3:59
413Carl ThompsonSenXRT/Elmy Cycles+4:33
54Nick AinsworthSenJames Hay RT+1 lap +0:16
662Dave CoplandVetIpswich BC+1 lap +1:22
77Michael DunnSenUnattached+1 lap +2:42
861Mark FarrowVetVC Norwich/Fitt Signs+1 lap +3:19
980Bruce RobinsonGrand/VetShaftesbury CC+1 lap +3:20
1086Julian ParkerVetIpswich BC+1 lap +3:29
11127Jay HunterJunInterbike RT+1 lap +4:52
1264Geoff BoresGrand/VetLea Valley Youth CC+1 lap +5:32
1323Terry SmithSenColchester Rovers+1 lap +5:34
146Stuart ChattingSenAnglia Sport+1 lap +6:08
15124Daniel ParkerJunIpswich BC+1 lap +6:15
1665John TerrellSen/VetIpswich BC+1 lap +6:29
1770Dom MingayeVetRAF CC+2 laps +0:18
1829Craig BeechSenInterbike RT+2 laps +0:37
1910Clive LingSenDiss & District CC+2 laps +0:47
2063Chris JillingsSen/VetIpswich BC+2 laps +1:40
219Neil StevensSenEastern Region Velo/Bianchi UK+2 laps +2:35
2242Ben PatonSenAnglia Sport+2 laps +3:26
23100Chris GoochVetTeam Clean/Time Out+2 laps +5:13
2439Paul SmithSenIpswich BC+2 laps +6:11
2537Roger HolmesSenUnattached+2 laps +7:22
26103Phil JarvisVetInterbike RT+3 laps +1:05
2740Jim HardwickeSenPlomesgate CC+3 laps +1:45
28128Jack OlemannJunLee Valley Youth CC+3 laps +2:02
2915Matt KyleSenBasildon CC+3 laps +2:25
3090Clive SparkesMast/VetIpswich BC+3 laps +2:28
3175Alan ChapmanGrand/VetMildenhall CC+3 laps +2:57
32125Neil FellinghamJunIpswich BC+3 laps +3:47
33102George OlemannVetLee Valley Youth CC+3 laps +6:06
3418David TomlinsonSenIpswich BC+3 laps +7:03
3584Neil PearsSup/VetColchester Rovers+4 laps +0:20
36101Andrew ArdenVetNorwich ABC+4 laps +1:18
3738Boris TangSenColchester Rovers+4 laps +1:27
3893Dennis ReeveGrand/VetEastern Region Velo/Bianchi UK+4 laps +2:29
398Michael TraversSenUnattached+4 laps +5:10
4043Colin TowersSenLee Valley Youth CC+4 laps +9:21
-21Daryl GoochSenTeam Clean/Time OutDNF
-41Richard GreenSenUnattachedDNF

Youth        Lap-o-meter        League table        Sen/Jun/Vet/Women        Under 12

PositionNumberNameCategoryTeamTime
11Andrew GriffithsYouthLee Valley Youth CC5 laps in 31:50
22Carl HarrisYouthEastern Region Velo/Bianchi UK+1:53
310Adam TowersYouthLee Valley Youth CC+1:54
45Joseph PerrettYth/U14Lee Valley Youth CC+2:32
521Rob O'LaughlinYouthWelwyn Whls+3:14
66Dominic SchilsYth/U14Interbike RT+4:50
713Matthew CookYth/U14Mildenhall CC+1 lap +1:03
84Mark ChapmanYouthMildenhall CC+1 lap +1:29
915Hannah RobinsonYth/Girl/U14Ipswich BC+1 lap +6:44
1022Michael DunningYouthColchester Rovers+2 laps +8:35

Under 12        Lap-o-meter        League table        Sen/Jun/Vet/Women        Youth

PositionNumberNameCategoryTeamTime
111Hugo RobinsonU12Ipswich BC7 laps in 16:05
221George MattinU12Colchester Rovers+1:24
310Lewis ParkerU10Ipswich BC+1:56
427Ellen TriggsU12Colchester Rovers+3:06
52Cara AinsworthU12Eastern Region Velo/Bianchi+1 lap +0:27
626Jack HardwickeU8Plomesgate CC+1 lap +0:30
724Frazer WoodU12Anglia Sport+1 lap +1:16
88James ArdenU10Norwich ABC+1 lap +2:21
96Kaley AinsworthU8Eastern Region Velo/Bianchi+2 laps +4:02
1025Bailey WarrenU8Unattached+4 laps +1:29
-22Lorna RobinsonU8Ipswich BCDNF
-23Joe AlexanderU10UnattachedDNF

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