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Marcus Cram (Blaydon CC) and Hannah Farran (Team Boompods) tasted victory on the tough Winter’s Gibbet climb near Elsdon in Northumberland on Sunday.
Perfect conditions greeted the riders for the 2.2-mile climb, with Cram taking overall victory in an impressive time of 6:55.1.
“It’s great to get the local hill climb season off with a win,” he said. “The legs are heading in the right direction and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Harran Farran of Team Boompods rode to victory in the women’s category in a time of 8:49.4.
“It’s my first hill climb of the season so to take the win is great and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the season now!” she said afterwards.
Second was Sarah Wilkinson of Blaydon CC (9:05.2), and in third place was Emma Glover of Cestria CC (9:25.4).
Jamie Johnson of Barnesbury CC was second in a time of 7:04.1 and Matty Smith of Muckle CC was third in a time of 7:14.4.
The event saw a welcome return to hill climb action for Colin Atkinson of Muckle CC who just missed out on the final podium spot. Colin was sadly struck down with sepsis in the middle of March this year, and consequently has had to sit on the sidelines all season whilst overcoming such a serious illness.
He was understandably delighted to be back in the mix, and happy to pick up prize money for the fastest veteran (7:25.3).
In the post event prizegiving, Charles Bayley of Backyard Bootleggers picked up prize money for fastest senior rider, and fastest espoir was Oliver Daniels of University of Bristol Cycling Club.
Fastest rider for the host club was Guillaume Zoppi (8:32.6).
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Pos Name Club Gender Cat Time
1 Marcus Cram Blaydon CC Male Senior 6:55.1
2 Jamie Johnson Barnesbury CC Male Senior 7:04.1
3 Matty Smith Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 7:14.4
4 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 7:25.3
5 Nick Spencer Blumilk.Com Male Vet 7:32.4
6 Graeme Wardale Team Bikestop Tyrekey Male Vet 7:34.2
7 Charles Bayley Backyard Bootleggers Male Senior 7:43.3
8 Craig Hodgson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 7:47.3
9 Adam Greenwood Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 7:48.3
10 Sean Leckey Kendal Cycle Club Male Senior 7:49.6
11 Oliver Daniels University Of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) Male Espoir 8:05.1
12 Sam Leng AIMS Cycling Male Senior 8:11.8
12 Ben Walker Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 8:12.4
14 Guillaume Zoppi North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 8:32.6
14 Lee Ridden Reifen Racing Male Vet 8:33.4
16 Ian Gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 8:41.9
16 Noel Stoddart Blaydon CC Male Vet 8:42.2
18 Tony Dougan Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 8:43.6
19 Ian Clark Backyard Bootleggers Male Espoir 8:48.1
20 Hannah Farran Team Boompods Female Senior 8:49.4
21 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. Male Vet 8:56.4
22 Daniel Thompson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 8:58.9
23 David Goodwin Newcastle Cheviot CC Male Vet 9:05.0
23 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Vet 9:05.2
25 Samuel Gray Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 9:16.9
26 Emma Glover Cestria C.C. Female Senior 9:25.4
27 Don Speight Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Vet 9:38.1
28 Alistair Macdonald Sporting Club Gothic Male Vet 10:07.7
29 Angela Mcgurk Blaydon CC Female Senior 10:12.9
30 Mark Riley North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 10:19.3
31 Adrienne Bishop North Shields Polytechnic Club Female Senior 10:48.3
32 Joe Mcmillan Blaydon CC Male Vet 11:57.0
Shaun Stephenson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet APOL
Martyn Mcwhirter Edinburgh Road Club Male Senior APOL
Peter Phillipson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet DNS
Frank Devlin South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Vet DNS
Andy Richardson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior DNS