Event: Hempton Resurrected Cross   Add this to my calendar (Outlook etc.)

Date: Sunday, 30 November 2008

Promoter: Paul Harris

Contact: Paul Harris 01328 851380

Location: Hempton Common, Nr Fakenham, Norfolk (on A1065). Click here for a map. Click the grey arrows at the bottom right of the map to see a detailed version.

Photos: www.mphotography.co.uk

Report: Who would have guessed that the resurrection would be so cold? It was a bleak day in Norfolk, with icy rain and a biting wind all day. Congratulations are due to the team who laid out the course so early, marshalled in evil conditions for many hours and then took down the course in the fast-fading light. At least there was some top vegetable soup to warm them through once the work was done.

Now on to the racing… In the Youths we were treated to yet another master-class by Hugo Robinson (Ipswich BC) as he saved half the field from doing a 4th lap. For the girls, we welcomed Hannah Barnes (Pinarello RT) who got an excellent 2nd place overall, successfully keeping ahead of Lewis Parker (Ipswich BC) who managed a very creditable 3rd place. In the battle of the Madgwicks (both of Lee Valley Youth CC), Matthew managed to edge ahead of brother James in lap 2, and increased his lead in their final lap.

In the Under 12s James Jackson (Colchester Rovers) is making a habit of romping home in 1st place with a big smile. He was definitely enjoying the fearsome descents. Sophie Holmes (Diss & District CC) seemed pretty happy with 2nd place, and is still top of the U12 League. Rowan Baker was the 1st Under 8 home. Others fared less well: Henrietta Colbourne (Fat Birds) paid us a very welcome visit from her new home in the Far North. She came rather unstuck in a tumble which resulted in a boshed brake, making the remainder of the race a bit too exciting. But our Henrietta is made of strong stuff: she got some clean dry clothes (mainly belonging to Race Promoter, Paul Harris) and came out to do bell-ringing and flag-waving duties in the Veterans & Ladies race, and then she was the calling judge in the Senior race. Later in the afternoon she was seen stacking chairs, cleaning tables and sweeping the floor. I bet you slept well on Sunday night, Henrietta. Did you wake up for school on Monday? As you know, you are always welcome at Eastern League races, whenever you can make the long journey South – just don’t bring the weather with you next time! Well done to all the Under 12s: you all managed to complete the race in pretty miserable conditions – which is more than several of the seniors managed.

In the Vets/Ladies race Gavin Rumbles (CC Luton) had to make do with 2nd place as Mick Bell (London Fire Brigade) ventured East. Mick took the lead in lap 2 and stole the show. The usual suspects: Clive Ling (Diss & District CC), Julian Parker (Ipswich BC) and Clive Harrison (Ford CC) made up the rest of the top 5. Rachel Moss (Ford CC) moved to the top of the Women’s league with her 7th league win of the season. Geoff Bores (Ford CC) grabbed the 50+ prize ahead of Bruce Robinson (Shaftsbury CC). Chris Gooch (Amis Velo RT) bagged the 60+ prize, finishing the race in the top half of the field. Brian Foster had more sense and stayed fully wrapped up in the judging tent, as calling judge. I claim this to be the largest age range in novice calling judges in a cyclo-cross meeting – Henrietta is 10 and Brian can reveal his own age as he sees fit, but he remembers old money and when Mars Bars were THIS big. Neither has called numbers before and they both did sterling jobs.

On to the Junior/Senior race. By this time the marshals had built igloos and were fishing through the ice for supplies. Ben Roach (Wyre Forest) made fast work of 7 laps in 51:23. Ben made himself very popular with the judges by quickly wiping his number clear of mud as he approached the line. (Hint hint to everyone) Phil Cooper (Blue Sky Cycles) got his head down for a good 2nd place. Ian Newby (Diss and District CC) and Andrew Nichols (Cambridge Uni) sneaked past Shaun Aldous (Lotto Olympia Team Interbike) when he stopped to put on his jacket and gloves. Back in the village hall, Shaun was seen with a slice of cake jumping on his plate due to shivering. A great performance by Matthew Cook (Mildenhall CC) gave him 1st Junior, coming home just after Shaun. There was plenty of suffering, mainly due to the horrendous conditions. Of course there are some special mentions. Tom Castle (Ipswich BC) achieved a spectacular head plant to emerge in his new role as Creature from the Brown Lagoon. Kerrick Newstead (Ipswich BC) will remember his 21st birthday for being so cold that he decided to call it a day during the final lap. Luke Newby (Diss & District CC) was severely underdressed in just a skinsuit, and canned it after 3 laps. Jamie Websdale did a fantastic job, finishing his first cyclo-cross race. He wore combats that, by the end of the race, must have weighed as much as his mountain bike. Jamie’s mate, Kyle Money, had to retire with a puncture at the end of his 3rd lap. Lads: if you’re reading this – these aren’t the usual cyclo-cross conditions. The weather was extreme and you did well to give it a go.

Do check out the photos at www.mphotography.co.uk. Now you’re all clean, warm and dry the pictures are pretty funny.


Senior/Junior        Lap-o-meter        League table        Vet/Women        Youth        Under 12

143Ben RoachSeniorWyre Forest7 laps in 51:23
248phil cooperSeniorBlue Sky Cycles+1:21
34Ian NewbySenior.Diss & District CC+3:33
436Andrew NicholsSenior.Cambridge Uni+4:02
52Shaun AldousSenior.Lotto Olympia Team Interbike+4:32
6164Matthew CookJunior.Mildenhall CC+4:54
75Stuart ChattingSenior.Amis Velo RT+6:10
86Craig BeechSenior.Lotto Olympia Team Interbike+7:42
921Richard DunnettSenior.Diss & District CC+8:22
10166Robert GreenJunior.Ipswich BC+1 lap +0:36
1142Alan HillSeniorNorwich Flyers BMX Club+1 lap +0:39
1247Tim GuySeniorStreetlife+1 lap +1:16
138Adam KeerSenior.Ipswich BC+1 lap +2:23
1444Neil StevensSeniorVC Norwich / Fitt Signs+1 lap +2:46
1513Paul SmithSenior.Ipswich BC+2 laps +2:01
1646matthew jacklinSeniorUnattached+2 laps +6:44
1715Andy ParkerSenior.VC Revolution+2 laps +11:27
18167Jamie WebsdaleJuniorUnattached+2 laps +14:55
-11Chris CowenSenior.Colchester RoversDNF
-28Kerrick NewsteadSenior.Ipswich BCDNF
-45martin carterSeniorUnattachedDNF
-162Luke NewbyJunior.Diss & District CCDNF
-163Tom CastleJunior.Glendene CCDNF
-165Tom FitzpatrickJunior.API/MetrowDNF
-168Kyle moneyJuniorUnattachedDNF
-169Rhys liJuniorUnattached-

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

1144Mick BellVeteranLondon Fire Brigade5 laps in 38:20
271Gavin RumblesVeteran.CC Luton+0:11
372Clive LingVeteran.Diss & District CC+0:49
476Julian ParkerVeteran.Ipswich BC+1:22
580Clive HarrisonVeteran.Ford CC+2:11
674Dave CoplandVeteran.Ipswich BC+2:12
778Geoff BoresVet 50+.Ford CC+3:09
896Trevor HolmesVeteran.Diss & District CC+3:10
983Philip PeacockVeteran.St Ives CC+3:12
1075Bruce RobinsonVet 50+.Shaftesbury CC+3:24
11124Phil BuickVet 50+.Thetford MTB Racing+3:31
12119Michael SmithVeteran.Lotto Olympia Team Interbike+3:33
1373Tim ButlerVet 50+.Ipswich BC+3:59
14139Andy WebbVeteranKennilworth Wheelers+4:07
15107Paul MossVeteran.Stowmarket & District+4:22
16146Andrew ClarkeVeteranCambridge CC+4:27
17122Colin NewsteadVeteran.Ipswich BC+4:29
18116David FraserVeteran.Unattached+5:08
19143Pete MooneyVeteranRugby Velo+5:10
2085Chris JillingsVeteran.Ipswich BC+5:26
2188David WestVeteran.Amis Velo RT+5:37
2292Chris GoochVet 60+.Amis Velo RT+5:45
23182Rachel MossWomen.Ford CC+5:47
2481Robert SmithVet 50+.Ipswich BC+6:38
25142Dave PerryVeteranAshfield RC+6:49
2682Patrick StokesVeteran.Unattached+6:56
27127Mark WyerVeteran.CC Ashwell+7:18
28184Anna BuickWomen.Thetford MTB Racing+7:37
29141Carlo DaloiaVeteranUnattached+7:39
30128Michael SheridanVeteran.Newmarket Tri+8:15
31110Dominic CastleVeteran.Ipswich BC+9:01
32188Louise DayWomenUnattached+9:48
3394Richard JacksonVet 50+.Colchester Rovers+1 lap +0:07
34108Phil KeenVeteran.CC Ashwell+1 lap +0:52
35103Stephen DunnettVet 50+.Diss & District CC+1 lap +1:19
36109Jonathon TaylorVeteran.Lotto Olympia Team Interbike+1 lap +2:47
37115Alan FrenchVeteran.Lotto Olympia Team Interbike+1 lap +3:10
38114Andy KennedyVeteran.Ipswich BC+1 lap +4:25
3990David StockwellVeteran.Shaftesbury CC+1 lap +4:33
40123Dennis ReeveVet 50+.Ipswich BC+1 lap +8:55
4197Paul GilsonVeteran.Ipswich BC+1 lap +9:15
-101Martin GravesVet 50+.Newmarket TriDNF
-140Andy BarnardVeteranFat Birds-
-145Stuart HocknellVeteranSt Ives CCDNF

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

11Hugo RobinsonYouth.Ipswich BC4 laps in 27:55
227Hannah BarnesYth/Girl.PINARELLO RT+4:27
35Lewis ParkerYouth.Ipswich BC+4:53
420Alan TroloveYth/U14.West Suffolk Whls+5:14
528Alice BarnesYth/U14/Girl.PINARELLO RT+8:15
613Matthew MadgwickYth/U14.Lee Valley Youth CC+1 lap +0:05
714James MadgwickYth/U14.Lee Valley Youth CC+1 lap +0:54
815Alwyn NewsteadYth/U14.Ipswich BC+1 lap +1:42
923Phoebe Aubugeau-WilliamsYth/U14/Girl.Ipswich BC+1 lap +1:43

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

19James JacksonU12.Colchester Rovers4 laps in 12:44
24Sophie HolmesU10.Diss & District CC+2:08
35Matthew BakerU10.Unattached+3:27
421Henrietta ColbourneU12Fat Birds+1 lap +0:14
58Rowan BakerU8.Unattached+1 lap +2:49

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