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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.

Pos Rider Club Time
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
18 Kyle Watts 36:06
Keith Bradley Derwentside C.C. DNF

All riders below are invited to the Tyneside Vagabonds annual dinner and presentation night, where they will be presented with a club medal. The dinner is to be held on Friday 7th November at the Callerton Suite (part of the Wheatsheaf Hotel near Callerton metro station). Tickets cost £18. Further details to follow - please let us know your email address or other contact details if you think we don't have them by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning Roger on 0191 271 2554. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Pos Rider Club 10 10 25 mph
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