Jarvis misses out as weather scuppers Eastern Cyclo-Cross League finale

Dickleburgh rider Kieran Jarvis , Senior runner-up in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League Picture: Fergus

Dickleburgh rider Kieran Jarvis , Senior runner-up in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

High winds forced the cancellation of the final round of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League – and blew away the remaining chance that Norfolk rider Kieran Jarvis could step up from the runners-up position in the Senior Men's League.

Youth Under 16 champion Callum Laborde from Norwich Picture: Fergus Muir

Youth Under 16 champion Callum Laborde from Norwich Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

So the win goes to Hog Hill racing circuit staffman James Madgwick (QSW) while Jarvis (Team OnForm), long this season's League leader, occupies second spot for the third year in succession.

There remain Norfolk winners in several other classes, however.

Three Norfolk riders had already made sure of League championships - Jimmy Piper in the 50-plus Vets, Callum Laborde in the Under 16 Boys and Baily Groombridge in the Under 8s. Mia Rutterford (Iceni Velo) joins these as Under 14 Girls champion.

Though numbers of female competitors are rising fast in cyclo-cross, Norfolk does less well than Suffolk - only Florence Barnett (King's Lynn CC), runner-up to Mia Rutterford, features in the medal winners. Suffolk riders Elvita Branch and Jo Newstead are Senior and Vet Champions this season.

Vets 50-Plus Champion Jimmy Piper from Brundall Picture: Fergus Muir

Vets 50-Plus Champion Jimmy Piper from Brundall Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant


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Joining Jarvis as category runners-up from the local area are U16 rider Joseph Smith (Iceni Velo), Ian Newby (Diss & District, V50), Nigel Herrod (Rotor, V60), and Stuart Pryce from Beccles (Strada, V40).

League awards are expected to be presented at the AGM at the Maglia Rosso cafe, Hawstead, on Monday March 30.

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Senior Men’s League champion James Madgwick Picture: Fergus Muir

Senior Men’s League champion James Madgwick Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

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