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Hannah Farran (Team Boompods) and Marcus Cram (Blaydon CC) were overall winners at the Allen Valley Velo two-stage hill-climb in Northumberland on Sunday morning.
25-year-old Farran was fastest female on the second stage on the shorter 1.1-mile Common Bank climb, while she was second to Joanne Rea (Blaydon CC) on the opening Whitfield climb over four miles.
But overall Farran was fastest by 13.1 seconds, while the runner-up was Rachel Geller (Blaydon CC) who was second on Common Bank and third on Whitfield which was just 0.1 seconds better than team-mate Rea.
In the men’s event Cram clocked an impressive 17:02.6 overall, with a winning margin of almost 57 seconds over Matty Smith (Muckle CC) in second while his Muckle team-mate Colin Atkinson was third, another 11 seconds back.
In stage one Cram clocked 12:26.0 to win by 35 seconds from Smith, while Atkinson was third.
And in stage two on Common Bank Cram was quickest with 4:36.6 which was 21 seconds better than Smith in second, while Atkinson was again third as well as being best over-50 veteran.
The over-40 veteran’s prize went to Graeme Kirton (South Shields Velo) in eighth overall, while fastest juvenile was Kieron Mutch (Racing Metro 15) with an overall time of 20:18.7 for 16th overall.
The over-60 veterans’ prize went to Muckle CC’s Colin Blacklock, while top female junior was Sophie Mutch (Racing Metro 15) in 25:26.8. Best female veteran was Rhiannon Robinson (Allen Valley Velo) in a total time f 27:42.4, which was quicker than the best over-40 female veteran Marianne Pughe (Allen Valley Velo) who was around 1-20 slower.
The event raised several hundred pounds for Tynedale Hospice at Home in memory of Allen Valley Velo member Stewart Beaty.
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