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Nick Munro and Hannah Farran were victorious once again, this time claiming the main prizes at the Houghton CC climb of Quarrington Hill in County Durham on Sunday.
RAF Cycling Association rider Munro, 35, was bagging his fourth hill climb win of the season so far, while Farran, the 27-year-old Team Boompods rider, now has a run of five wins in the last month after her win on Quarrington Hill.
Munro clocked 1-58.2 for the climb, the only rider to go under two minutes and enough to give him the win by seven seconds from John Bowman (Muckle CC), with third going to Andy Richardson (Muckle CC) who was 0.4 seconds behind.
Farran’s time of 2-36.4 gave her the women’s prize by 6.7 seconds from Blaydon CC rival Sarah Wilkinson, while third was Ellen Powell (Durhan Triathlon Club) who was another 15 seconds back.
The event was run off in dry conditions but with some damp areas. Afterwards, Munro said: “It was great to get another win, especially as it’s my local hill and where I first ever ventured into the world of hill climbing in 2016, and instantly was hooked.
“The climb was over in a flash. It was made slightly difficult with the damp, poor surface in parts and despite running around 60psi in my rear tyre, there was still some loss of grip.
“There was a bit of a headwind into the finishing line but it’s such a short climb that I was able to keep powering down. I’m equally excited and nervous for Nationals! Winnats is a special course and it’s tough no matter what. It’s great to see a strong contingent from the North East qualifying.”
In-form rider Matt Smith from Muckle CC was left disappointed after snapping his chain at the halfway mark. Let’s hope that is the bad luck out of the way as he has also secured a coveted spot at Nationals in two weeks.
Farran will also be at the National Championships on October 31, and will go into it with a string of five victories in recent events including Team Kirkley Cycles, the Cestria CC climb, the Cleveland Wheelers event and GS Metro Hedley on the Hill climb last month.
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Pos Rider Club Gender Cat Time
1 Nick Munro Royal Air Force CA Male Senior 1:58.2
2 John Bowman Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2:05.2
3 Andy Richardson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2:05.6
4 Iain Duffield PMRR Male Senior 2:08.6
5 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 2:08.8
6 Noel Stoddart Blaydon CC Male Vet 2:09.1
7 Brian Ward Protech Velo Male Vet 2:13.5
8 Shaun Tyson Protech Velo Male Vet 2:14.6
9 Wilson-Jay Brown PM Racing UK Male Vet 2:16.8
10 Daryl Ahomet Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2:19.3
11 Ben Wilkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2:19.5
12 Euan Dinning Gosforth RC Male Juvenile 2:20.2
13 Hal Kennedy North Tyneside Riders CC Male Junior 2:21.3
14 Jamie Ruddell Protech Velo Male Vet 2:27.4
15 Ben Swinney Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2:29.7
16 Jordon Bolton Protech Velo Male Senior 2:30.5
17 Brendan McMillan Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service CC Male Senior 2:33.6
17 Ian Gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 2:33.6
19 Jonathan Cairns North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 2:34.7
20 Lee Ridden Reifen Racing Male Vet 2:36.0
21 Steven Goodings Protech Velo Male Vet 2:36.2
22 Hannah Farran Team Boompods Female Senior 2:36.4
23 Sam Leng AIMS Cycling Male Senior 2:38.6
24 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Vet 2:43.1
25 Stephen Boxall Houghton CC Male Vet 2:47.2
26 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. Male Vet 2:48.6
27 Rohan Rayner-Smith Cleveland Wheelers CC Male Espoir 2:48.7
28 Stephen Pattison Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 2:51.5
29 Michael Trow Blaydon CC Male Vet 2:55.6
30 Ellen Powell Durham Triathlon Club Female Senior 2:58.8
31 David Lavery North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 03:07.7
32 Lois Jarvis North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior 03:12.7
33 Angela McGurk Blaydon CC Female Vet 03:17.5
34 Mick Chappel North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 03:22.9
35 Colin Oxberry Houghton CC Male Vet 03:38.6
36 Stephen Kerr Sunderland Clarion Male Vet 03:46.3
Philip Gilbanks Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior APOLS
Rob De'Giovanni Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior APOLS
Joe Stringer Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior APOLS
Katy Denham Muckle Cycle Club Female Senior APOLS
Matthew Smith Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior DNF