CYCLING: Witham Wheelers siblings take to the grass at Mildenhall

Jennifer McAndrew leads the pack at Mildenhall. Photo: Alan East
Jennifer McAndrew leads the pack at Mildenhall. Photo: Alan East
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A brother and sister were the only members of Witham Wheelers to race in this year’s Mildenhall Cycling Rally.

Robert and Jennifer McAndrew contested grasstrack events throughout the bank holiday weekend and attained some good results.

Robert rode extremely strongly in Saturday’s under-14 youth track omnium, with his best ride coming in the six-lap handicap when he was just pipped on the line. Jennifer was the only girl in the under-16s but finished third in the handicap and a creditable fifth overall.

Robert tried his hand in the duathlon on the Sunday. He came out of the run in first place but suffered a crash in the bike section. However, he recovered to take third place on the podium.

His sister stepped up to ride against the senior women and was up in the top four in all her races. She took on the seniors again in the omnium on the Monday, with her best event being the “unknown distance” race in which she was just beaten to the line by professional Jo Smith. Her performance earned her third place overall.

l Round 15 of Witham Wheelers’ 10-mile time trial league saw five riders make improvements, with Patrick Cutmore leading the way in 23min 1sec and on handicap.

Schoolboy Reece Egner was not far behind in 23.16 and fastest lady rider was Louise George in 27.32 for 16th overall in the field of 28 riders. Martin Milne was the leading veteran.

l Juvenile Karl Baillie represented the East Midlands in the inter-regional track championships at Glasgow.

He developed a cold as the weekend-long event progressed but still managed some creditable results including sixth in the 2km individual pursuit. East Midlands finished fifth in the team sprint and 10th overall.

The event came a week after Karl rode the National Youth Track Championships in which his best result was fifth in the 2km individual pursuit.

l Ridden in conjunction with the LRRA 30 at Boston on Sunday, the Wheelers’ 30-mile time trial championship was won by Martin Hedley in 1.13.10.

Runner-up was Rick Yates in 1.15.31 followed by Dave Herd (1.25.24) and Robert McAndrew (1.39.04).

l Witham Wheelers enjoyed a good day at the final round of the PedalPushers circuit race series at Yarborough, Lincoln, on Sunday.

Reece Egner powered to victory in the under-16s whilst, in the under-14s, his brother Adam sprinted for second place. These results clinched the overall series title for Reece and the runners-up spot for Adam.

Clubmate Jennifer McAndrew consolidated her first place overall with sound race in the under-16 girls’ category.

Still feeling the effects of the Junior Tour of Wales the previous weekend, Peter Cocker was happy with sixth place in the senior 2/3 category after playing a support role to his Forme Team-mates who placed second and fourth.

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