It was a rewarding night for the Murray family at the Barnesbury CC 10-mile event on Wednesday. Drag2zero rider Keith Murray took the win in 19.40 - the only rider to go under 20 minutes on the two-lap course.
Eldest son Sam Murray clinched the juvenile win in the prize giving with a new personal best of for the course in 21.45, and the youngest Murray, Ellis, recorded his own new personal best in 26.11.
The time trial was on the same night and started at the same time as the semi-final of the World Cup featuring England and made for a fabulous time trial on a dry night. The roads were quiet with just a bit more traffic seen during half time.
Dan Meggison of GS Metro finished in second place in 20.19 and completing the podium was Phil Hall of Breeze Bikes RT in 20.32.
Once again, Derwentside CC rider Collin Humphrey dominated the field in the road bike category, stopping the clock at 20.58 to take sixth overall in the TT.
Anna Turvey was back on home turf for Tyneside Vagabonds coming home as the first woman in 21.12, securing the 10th overall spot. Second lady was Gemma Frost, another 1.22 off the pace, riding for Team Swift.
Quickest home club rider was Dean Madden in 22.41.
The mid-week open event replaces the normal Club 10 night for Barnesbury CC and was oversubscribed again for the second year in succession.
The lure of the football meant that there was a high number of apologies and DNS on the night.
Some will be kicking themselves now, not only because of the score at the final whistle, but the fact that a number of riders reported new personal bests due to the exceptionally quiet road conditions on a course which sees entrants having to negotiate eight roundabouts in total before crossing the finish line on the second lap.
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