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Cycling ace rolls back years

PUBLISHED: 17:29 04 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:09 22 October 2010

Twenty-three years on from his first win in the picturesque north Suffolk village, Norwich cyclo-cross expert Mark Farrow sprinted up the street at Redgrave to triumph in the 30-mile Diss & District CC road race.

Twenty-three years on from his first win in the picturesque north Suffolk village, Norwich cyclo-cross expert Mark Farrow sprinted up the street at Redgrave to triumph in the 30-mile Diss & District CC road race. Farrow, a new recruit to the Essex-based API team, won from 2002 victor Robert Hunt (Diss CC) and Phil Hargreaves, from VC Norwich/Fitt Signs, who had joined the leaders with three miles to go and done much of the work to maintain the group's slender advantage.

In an exciting last lap, which saw Neil Stevens (VCN) take a header into the ditch, young riders Adam Bedford (VC Baracchi) and Pete Hargreaves (VC Norwich) were among those to get just clear of the bunch.

Nick Esser (VCB) won the charge for eighth place, just ahead of clubmate Stuart Main.

The Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club Open 10-mile time trial, held on the Bungay to Redenhall road, saw King's Lynn rider Gary Empson (API) finish nearly a minute clear of the field in 21:11.

His nearest challenger was Richard Bradley of Anglia Velo, whose 22:09 took the veterans' award, and third place went to to George Turner (VC Norwich, 22:41).

Julia Shaw (GS Strada) from Ipswich, the new women's national 50-mile champion, beat all but these three of the men, recording 22:45 and leaving 47 other competitors behind.

Later in the weekend, the NABC moved their temporary headquarters to Seething, where the club's “come and try it” time trial attracted several young newcomers and raised over £60 for Quidenham Children's Hospice.

Dan Zagni (Ipswich) won the Lotus Cars League race, out-sprinting Beccles-based Czech Jan Strapek (Interbike) and Mark Farrow after the trio had escaped from the scratch group.

James Carpenter was fourth, Jon Ramsay (Diss & District CC) fifth and Nino Piccoli (King's Lynn CC) took sixth, having earlier won the first intermediate sprint.

In the Eastern Road Race League Harlow road race, Strapek and team-mate Shaun Aldous were local representatives in an early break which was never caught. Strapek took fifth place and Aldous sixth.

Colin Bunnett (King's Lynn CC) followed up his personal best 10-miler (21:45). in the Emergency Services Championships, on the A303 in Wessex last week, with 4-17:58 for his first-ever 100-mile time trial, in the Eastern Counties CA event on the Newmarket by-pass.

Conditions were too hot to be ideal, though Patrick Ellis (Diss) recorded 4-18:45 and Mark Elmy (Godric) a personal best 4-26:12.

Pete Whelan (Plomesgate CC) set the early pace in the 5km event, the big race of the day at West Suffolk Wheelers' grass-track meeting at Bury St Edmunds.

“I thought if I could break the pack up, I'd stand a better chance,” he said.

But he could not shake off some of the visiting stars and victory went to Jason Benham, from the Scunthorpe Poly club.


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