- Published: 14 August 2008
After days of rain it looked like the championship series would fizzle out with a damp squib.
The rain in Ponteland had been relentless for the 36 hours before the race. The storm stopped at 6.30 pm! However out on the course trouble was brewing. The leg from Ogle to the main road had been affected by rain to such an extent that Roger reported a 25 metre stretch flooded to a depth of 2 inches. The experience of rain on this course led to the belief that the road would be passable in the middle as it is crested. After much discussion the race was on.
Among the field of 19 riders it was noticed that a mountain bike and a cyclo cross bike were to be raced. Did these riders know more about the conditions than the rest of the field? For what it is worth the weather figures were 17 degrees with an 8 mile an hour North Easterly wind. The pressure was 1099 and the relative humidity was 81.
Out on the course the road started to dry towards Kirkley Hall. The conditions worsened from Ogle to Belsay. The riders encountered the water splash that Roger warned of and everyone had the strange sensation of dry feet to wet feet in about two seconds. Back down the main road the expected cross tail wind never really picked up.
All of the times were relatively slow but Conor Henderson managed to PB with 35.05. David Donaldson and Martin Feeney of the Derwentside were relieved to get round and record their third qualifying time. Keith Bradley fell victim to a puncture and had to be rescued with a van. Lantern Rouge was Kyle Watts with a 36.06 but a good first time ride for a 12 year old.
At the front end of the field Dave Robinson recorded 23.48 to beat Haydn by one second. First Vagabond home was Howard.
|1||Dave Robinson||Gosforth R.C.||23:48|
|2||Haydn Maughan||Ryton Tri||23:49|
|3||Howard Heighton||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||25:12|
|4||Craig Fenwick||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||25:26|
|5||David Donaldson||Derwentside C.C.||25:51|
|6||Paddy Deane||KB Cycles R.T.||26:25|
|7||Adam Hogarth||Newcastle Phoenix||26:36|
|8||Ed Waterston||Derwentside C.C.||26:42|
|9||Roger Clarke||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||27:07|
|10||Ritchie Case||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||27:36|
|11||Ronnie Thompson||Derwentside C.C.||27:51|
|12||Martin Feeney||Derwentside C.C.||28:10|
|13||Peter Schultz||Zeus C.R.T.||28:20|
|14||Rob Hogarth||Newcastle Phoenix||29:06|
|15||Chris Gill||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||30:49|
|16||Alan McMillan||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||32:21|
|17||Conor Henderson||Newcastle Phoenix||35:05|
|Keith Bradley||Derwentside C.C.||DNF|
|1||Haydn Maughan||Ryton Tri||22:59||23:06||0:57:59||25.983|
|2||Dave Robinson||Gosforth R.C.||23:07||23:13||0:59:43||25.639|
|3||Craig Fenwick||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||24:05||24:10||1:00:25||24.856|
|4||Howard Heighton||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||24:06||24:13||1:01:01||24.752|
|5||Paul Murphy||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||24:32||24:44||1:01:37||24.353|
|6||Patrick Hamilton||Derwentside C.C.||24:47||25:11||1:00:34||24.267|
|7||Keith Bradley||Derwentside C.C.||24:37||24:51||1:03:12||24.084|
|=8||Raymond Bell||Ryton Tri||26:01||26:16||1:02:50||23.259|
|=8||David Donaldson||Derwentside C.C.||25:28||25:51||1:05:12||23.259|
|10||Andy Hale||Barnesbury C.C.||25:37||25:54||1:04:57||23.228|
|11||Adam Hogarth||Newcastle Phoenix||26:18||26:20||1:04:45||22.922|
|12||Roger Clarke||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||26:07||26:18||1:06:00||22.838|
|13||Ronnie Thompson||Derwentside C.C.||27:17||27:43||1:07:11||21.989|
|14||Ritchie Case||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||27:15||27:36||1:10:37||21.666|
|15||Martin Feeney||Derwentside C.C.||28:10||29:05||1:11:15||20.995|
|16||Rob Hogarth||Newcastle Phoenix||28:07||28:50||1:13:07||20.888|
|17||Simon Gibbs||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||28:57||29:06||1:12:36||20.668|
|18||Fred Bushell||Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.||29:07||30:20||1:13:42||20.247|
|19||Conor Henderson||Newcastle Phoenix||35:05||36:13||1:29:49||16.790|