Jimmy Piper finishes Eastern League campaign in style with 11th victory

The Men’s V40-49 start at Milton Country Park. Dan Blackburn (far left), Mark Powell (yellow kit, bl

The Men’s V40-49 start at Milton Country Park. Dan Blackburn (far left), Mark Powell (yellow kit, black tights). Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Norwich cyclo-cross veteran Jimmy Piper completed his unbeaten run with his 11th win in the final round of the Eastern League at Cambridge.

Jimmy Piper (70) laps backmarkers at the cyclo-cros at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir

Jimmy Piper (70) laps backmarkers at the cyclo-cros at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Approaching the chequered flag he even had time to back off, and refrain from lapping the Senior Women's leaders who thus had one more lap to settle the women's race.

Norwich rider Jimmy Piper alone in the lead of the V40-49 race at Milton Country Park. Picture: Ferg

Norwich rider Jimmy Piper alone in the lead of the V40-49 race at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

'Glad you two got to duke it out for another lap,' he wrote later on Facebook.

Norwich rider Alison Hogg rides over the top of a steep climb at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergu

Norwich rider Alison Hogg rides over the top of a steep climb at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Elspeth Grace (Welwyn Whs) won the ensuing battle, beating Gemma Melton (Pedal Power Ipswich), who had already made certain of the Women's League Championship. Ahead of both was the race winner and junior champion Lauren Higham (LIV AWOL). Top Norfolk finishers were Alison Hogg (fourth) and Kimberley Charlton (ninth).

Hard on the brakes – Elspeth Grace leads new league champion Gemma Melton at Milton Country Park. Pi

Hard on the brakes – Elspeth Grace leads new league champion Gemma Melton at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

The racing at Milton Country Park was organised by Cambridge Junior CC and young riders were much in evidence – there were no less than 49 starters in the race for Under 10s for instance.

The start of the women’s race at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir

The start of the women’s race at Milton Country Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant


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The Vets 40-49 race – won by London League star Steve Gibson – featured a good duel between Dan Blackburn (VC Norwich) and Mark Powell (Stowmarket & District), the latter coming from behind and eventually claiming seventh place. Darren Rutterford was top Iceni Velo finisher in tenth while Matthew Bullock (VC Norwich) equalled his best league results with 13th.

The Vets 40-49 medal winners at Milton Country Park. From left, Richard Muchmore, Jimmy Piper, Dave

The Vets 40-49 medal winners at Milton Country Park. From left, Richard Muchmore, Jimmy Piper, Dave Copland. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

In the senior men's race James Madgwick (Bloodwise/QSW) shot straight into the lead and never looked likely to lose it, while junior champion Jack Parrish was second overall and first junior.

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In the Overall Eastern League King's Lynn riders Bethany Barnett and Florence Barnet finish as league champions of the Under 16 and Under 14 Girls competitions respectively.

Time trial stars at the East District CA Prize Presentation at Carbrooke were the Women's EDCA Best All-Rounder winners Becky Murley (Wisbech Whs), Jen Smart (VC Norwich) and Kay Burgess (King's Lynn CC and VeloVelocity).

None of the men had a complete set of distances for the BAR, but VeloVelocity team members Ben Stancombe, David Procter and Daniel Bloy collected notably large collections of medals won at distances of 100 miles and under.

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