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Gregory is leading Wheeler on mild day

ON THE RUN: Matt Denny and Richard Stiff shoulder their bikes and get running on a difficult course
ON THE RUN: Matt Denny and Richard Stiff shoulder their bikes and get running on a difficult course

West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club enjoyed some unseasonably mild weather at round 16 of the Eastern Cyclocross League.

The winter sunshine at Snetterton last Sunday masked what was in fact a very technical and challenging course, the numerous switch backs and climbs compounded by cloying mud which tested riders’ abilities in shouldering their bikes while running and climbing as much as their riding skills.

Top placed Wheeler of the day was Harley Gregory (under-10s’ race).

He finished seventh in the race and is currently fifth in the overall age group standings.

Sophie Griggs (16th) is also riding high in the standings, as first under-eight girl.

Triathlete Charlie Knowler raced well for 11th, just pipping Oliver Griggs (15th) in the under-12s, while Thomas Macro acquitted himself well with 40th (youth).

By the start of the combined men’s 50-plus and women’s race, the course had begun to churn up, although cross country running specialist Peter Golding made light of the heavier conditions under- foot and decided – as did most riders – that running with the bike was the better option.

Golding finished well in 14th, with Paul Watson shaking off a stomach bug to place 17th.

Barry Denny continued a fine run to finish 37th.

He remains third in the league’s 60-plus men’s standings.

Dave Griggs produced a determined ride through the mud to finish 45th.

Meanwhile, Darren Baker was 46th and Nicole Gregory 58th.

The usual over-enthusiastic start in the men’s 40-49 race was marred within metres of the grid by an enormous pile-up, although Mike Bowen took advantage of the confusion and powered on to finish 10th.

Darren Davis (37th), Matt Shingleton (39th), Stu Grand (42nd), Richard Stiff (45th), Matt Denny (51st), Ian Mortlock (53rd), Giles Prime (56th) and Adi Grimwood (57th) followed.