Jimmy Piper finishes Eastern League campaign in style with 11th victory
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Norwich cyclo-cross veteran Jimmy Piper completed his unbeaten run with his 11th win in the final round of the Eastern League at Cambridge.
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.
'Glad you two got to duke it out for another lap,' he wrote later on Facebook.
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).
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.
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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.
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.