CYCLING: Father and son contest Midlands ’cross champs

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FATHER and son Witham Wheelers Simon and Peter Cocker contested the rescheduled Midlands Cyclo-Cross Championshps at Bakewell on Sunday.

With the ground having thawed out, several big muddy sections made the course a real test of fitness.

In the under-16 event, Peter rode well to finish in eighth position, although not with the same racing fitness he showed earlier in the season in the Lincs League. Winner was Joe Kirkham of Nottingham.

In the senior event, Simon struggled with the muddy sections to finish 21st in the over-50s category. Ian Wright of Raleigh Road team was the winner.

l A good turnout of 39 riders turned out for the first of the Witham Wheelers reliability ride series.

An overnight frost made conditions still slippery in places, so setting off in three groups, most riders rode cautiously around the 32-mile rolling course that went out into the Vale of Belvoir and back.

Riders and average speeds (mph): Bill Wilson 11.4 Bill Harrison 11.4 Cameron Bibby 9.8 Alan Medlock 9.7 John Hill 9.7 Mike Lewis 9.7 Christine Hill DNF Caroline Mitchell DNF Martin Milne 16.3 Robert Warner 16.3 Darren Reed 16.3 Mick Egner 16.3 John Farmer 16.3 Chris Anderson 16.3 Harry Browning 16.3 Toby Kiely 16.3 Robert Johnson 16.3 Robert Head 16.2 John Clifton 16.2 Dave Moulds 16.0 Reece Egner 16.0 Peter Brookes 16.0 Caroline Milne 14.8 Neil Curling 14.8 Dave Beckett 14.8 Martin Harlock 14.8 Jason Harlock 14.8 Dave Herd 14.6 Phil Atherton 17.5 Jim Coleman 17.5 Chris Carter 17.5 Dave Strickson 17.5 Tony Mendham 17.5 Ross Tomblin 17.5 Phil Etches 17.5 Peter Pain 17.5 John Pygott 17.5 Mark Pygott 17.5 Paul Conneely 17.5.

The second round of the series is a 40-mile rolling route around Whissendine and back. The first group will leave Grantham Cricket Club, in Gorse Lane, at 9.30am on Sunday. All are welcome. For more details visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk