Magnificent Manning has staying power

Keeping the nutrition going is important in a mountain bike enduro and doing just that helped Andrew Manning win the veteran's two-hour race in Thetford Forest.

His rivals slowed more towards the end than he did and at the finish the EST/City College Norwich rider had 1:21 in hand over second-placed Steve Large and nearly four minutes over the next in the 121-rider field.

In the Under 40s two-hour, George Budd (Salsa) scored a repeat win, ahead of Neil Richardson (RAF) with Ian Mockett (ThetfordMTB/Bike Art) shrugging off a cracked rib sustained in a first lap crash to take third. Mockett was just in front of a gaggle of EST riders headed by Glenn Stanford and including a notable name from the past in Matthew Thurston, who took his single-speed 29er to 11th spot.

The four-hour race saw Andrew Cockburn (Cambridge CC), Stephen James (AW/Giant) and 40+ rider Paul Ashby (Fat Birds) form a leading group for the first three hours. James stopped before the end leaving Cockburn to win the 18-39s and Ashby to win the 40+ by nearly a lap. Cameron Toms (EST) was second in juniors and Adam Cross (Pauls Cycles) fourth.

The course – north of Santon Downham – was an anti-clockwise circuit this time and included a chicane at the bottom of the 'brown bombhole'. It was cold, but firm and fast underwheel, at least until the later stages.


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• Club riders packed the village hall at Carbrooke to celebrate the 2010 East District time trial champions.

Team Pedal Revolution featured prominently with the presentation to ten-mile champion Nino Piccoli opening the EDCA awards and Mark Arnold topping the Short Distance and Sporting Courses East competitions, while the team, including Andy Bason from Telford and Nik Bowdler from Farnborough, set a new record speed for the Best All-Rounder team of 27.289mph.

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Norwich rider Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) collected the ladies' championship, while Chris Nudds, 62, also of CCB, took an armful of veterans' awards and the outright 12-hour championship.

Doreen Stevenson's 40 years' service as a timekeeper was marked by a special award.

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