National League proves tough for Wheelers

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West Suffolk Wheelers endured a hard day’s racing and a step up in class as the National League made its way to Hog Hill.

In the under-8s, Victoria Asker did well to secure second place in a tough race with some of the best girls in the country in attendance. In the Under-12 race, Fraser Elsworth and Sam Asker were competing.

A random draw for places saw Asker start from the back of the field and, due to an accident directly in front of him at the start, he never made it into the relative shelter of the bunch and spent the race chasing them down.

Elsworth, starting at the front of the field, avoided the chaos and managed to stay with the bunch for over half of the race, being dropped towards the end as the pace built.

In the under-14s, Matthew Asker showed good speed up the hills, but the quality of the field was such that he retired towards the end of the race after being lapped by the leaders.

Meanwhile, Richard Farrow won his third successive club time trial, posting the fastest time in the Horringer 7.5tt on April 18.

Thirty-nine riders took part in the race which starts at Brookes Corner before heading to Hargrave, through to Depden, Chedburgh and finishing along the main road.

Lee Sturman, back after a road race crash on the previous Sunday, finished in 18.22, second place finisher was Paul Rooke, who recorded 18.11 and winning the event was Richard Farrow, with a time of 17.55.

Results: Richard Farrow 17.55; Paul Rooke 18.11; Lee Sturman 18.22; Darren Davis 18.37; Pip Moore 19.21; Boyd Nicholas 19.34; Will Newland 19.36; Peter Stephenson-Wall 19.37; Mathew Lawson 19.48; Lewis Elson 19.49; Michael Lawson 20.03; Steve Newman 20.08; David Young 20.22; Phil Clarke 20.27; Jim Greenwood 20.34; Martin Gale 20.39; David Howe 20.40; Brian Alldis 20.47; James Asker 20.59; Mike Weeks 21.03; Mark Eastwood 21.04; Richard Balaam 21.08; Matt Soame 21.19; Viv Smith 21.24; Mark Elson 21.31; Malcolm MacFarlane 21.37; Barry Denny 21.41; Steve Mayes 21.47; Henry Wood 21.55; Sharon Calton 21.57; Will Smith 21.57; Neil Grimmer 22.01; Thomas Mills 22.08; Forrest McCracken 22.15; Robin Lines 22.18; Grayhame Fish 22.19; Gerry Barton 22.45; Rhys Holland Jones 23.21; Dick Lines 24.11.