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CYCLING: Grantham’s Cocker takes second successive road race victory

Peter Cocker approaches the finish line.
Peter Cocker approaches the finish line.

Road man Peter Cocker (Giant Rutland-Wattbike) took his second win in consecutive races at the 2/3 category event at the Harvey Haddon circuit race league on Tuesday evening.

Taking turns to attack with his team-mate Paul Cox during the hour-long race, Peter finally broke away with junior Callum Fearnie (Nottingham Clarion) and was thenable to distance him out of the final corner for a clear win.

The latest round of the East Mids road race was the 63-mile PB Performance race near Coalville on Sunday.

With a good quality field of 60 2/3 category riders, a break of four riders escaped on the third of seven laps and built up a one minute lead.

However, in wet conditions, the bunch never let the lead grow any further and with 15 miles to go Peter joined two other riders and quickly crossed the gap to the leaders.

Turning into the final half-mile drag up to the finish line, Peter was in a good position but just did not have the legs at the finish, and was edged out by Elliott Harrison (Leisure Lakes) and Rob Orr (Planet X).

Team-mate Paul Cox finished strongly in ninth while Witham Wheelers riders Martin Ludlam and Llewey Byrne were comfortable in the remains of the main bunch.

l On-form time Witham Wheelers trialist Gary Symons laid down a sub 1hr 50min ride in the VTTA East Anglia 50, near Cambridge, on Saturday.

Thankfully the threatened rain held off but conditions were reasonably tough on the south-westerly return leg, with a moderate headwind.

Although he started to run out of energy at about 35 miles, Gary managed to hold on to record a highly creditable 1:49:33, which placed him 11th quickest on the day.

Meanwhile, clubmates Graham McAndrew and Martin Hedley represented the Wheelers in the LRRA 50 on the amended version of the Osbournby-Somerby-Donington course, featuring the gruelling stretch of A52 up to Somerby roundabout – twice.

Graham recorded a respectable time of 2:12:06 and Martin 2:26:31.

Peter Watson was the sole Witham Wheeler to ride the Six Hills 25-mile TT on the A46. He posted 59.52.

l Week eight of the Witham Wheelers 10 mile time trial league saw the best weather of the year – a hot, still evening seeing 15 of the 30 riders recording improvements.

Making a rare appearance this year due to work committments, Gary Symons took a narrow five second win in 22min 58sec over junior Adam Egner, with Henry Gould continuing his weekly improvement to go well under the 24 minute barrier, in 23.27, for the first time on Gorse Lane

Lara Thornhill was first lady in 27.20, a minute ahead of Jenny McAndrew, with Carol Milne third another nine seconds back.

First juvenile was Joshua Gibson with 30.52, improving by almost a minute.

On handicap, Mark Bailey led the way with a 1.19 improvement from Dave Beckett and Phil Gibson, whilst Michael Smalley continued to dominate the veterans’ rankings with a +3.56.

Results: 1 Gary Symons 22:58, 2 Adam Egner 23:03, 3 Henry Gould 23:27, 4 Stephen Hobday 24:26, 5 Mark Wilson 24:54, 6 Michael Smalley 25:18, 7 Mick Egner 25:25, 8 Dave Strickson 25:30, 9 Simon Cocker 25:31, 10 Matthew Kingston-Lee 25:38, 11 Graham McAndrew 25:51, 12 Mark Bailey 26:02, 13 Tony Hardenberg 26:29, 14 Dave Miller 27:12, 15 Lara Thornhill 27:20, 16 Nev Chamberlain 27:32, 17 Dave Herd 28:08, 18 Oliver Wood 28:09, 19 Steve Kidd 28:10, 20 Jennifer McAndrew 28:20, 21 Carol Milne 28:29, 22 Guy Haws 28:51, 23 Natalie Eastaugh 29:15, 24 Stephen Wells 29:54, 25 Phil Gibson 30:30, 26 Suzanne Holdsworth 30:33, 26 Heidi Moulds 30:33, 28 Joshua Gibson 30:52, 29 Dave Beckett 30:54, 30 Tracey George 31:07, 31 Vicky Safarris 32:02, 32 Joanna McGrath 32:37, 33 Adrian Jones 33:07, 34 John Hill 35:03, 35 Isobel Hobday 36:01.

The ninth round of the league takes place on Tuesday evening. Sign on at Grantham Cricket Club, Gorse Lane, from 6pm. First rider starts at 6.45pm. All welcome.

On Wednesday evening, the club will be hosting the latest round of the Lincolnshire Handicap Road Race League, again with the headquarters at the cricket club.


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