Allen soars as muddy marvels shine at Fairthorne Manor

Third left, former F1 driver Damon Hill is flanked by, left, George Willis and, right, Mark Foxwell

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  • Fareham Wheelers talent Ewing is top under-23
  • Barber is dominant in women’s event
  • Perryman and Cantelo star for Solent
  • i-Team’s Potter is superb second
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Sam Allen extended his lead at the top of the Wessex Cyclocross League standings with the senior race win as action returned to Fairthorne Manor last Sunday.

The Pedal On star completed seven laps of the muddy course in 56min 57sec to leave Zepnat’s Alex Forrester (58.39) in second and Eden Veranda’s Joe Hickerton (59.58) third.

Dan Guest, of Performance Cycles, won the veteran 40 race. Picture: Mick Young (151778-14)

Dan Guest, of Performance Cycles, won the veteran 40 race. Picture: Mick Young (151778-14)

Allen also clocked the fastest lap of 6.47 as a total of 269 riders signed on for the 11th round of the regional championship, hosted by Fareham Wheelers.

While Allen was celebrating his victory, the host club were saluting home success in the form of Chris Ewing.

Ewing was the first of the under-23 riders home as he completed six laps of the course in 1.00.06.

Sarah Barber continued her dominance of the women’s event with a sixth race win of the season.

Sam Allen takes the chequered flag at Fairthorne Manor. Picture: Robin Trueman

Sam Allen takes the chequered flag at Fairthorne Manor. Picture: Robin Trueman

The North Hants ace rode five laps in 50.04 to claim success.

Meanwhile, Claire Smith won the women’s veteran 40 category in 54.17, while RP Racing’s Natasha Reddy was the top junior woman in 53.22.

Dan Guest closed the gap on William McDonald in the men’s veteran 40 group by claiming victory over five laps in 39.54.

GC Vecchi’s Tom Costello claimed a thrilling success in the veteran 50 race as he beat VC 10’s Kevin Holloway by a second to finish five laps in 44.02.

Costello’s team-mate Bob Moore was the best of the veteran 60 contingent as he clocked 50.29, while Didcot Phoenix’s Richard Abbott was the first veteran 70 over the line in 56.15.

The top three junior riders were separated by just 22 seconds as Primera Sport’s Joshua Hooper led the way with five laps in 41.33.

Eden Veranda’s Charlie Cooper, who heads the title race, was second in 41.47 and Edward Gronbech, of Oxford City, finished third in 41.55.

Top novices Alison Ford, of VC Meudon, and Portsmouth North End’s Rob Panter both rode three laps in 31.40.

Team MK’s Erin Baker was the top under-16 after completing three laps of their course in 22.41.

Amy Perryman, of Solent Pirates, was the best of the girls in 26.20.

At under-14 level, Sam Bishop was the top boy in 26.05 and the first girl was Perryman’s club-mate Amy Cantelo (30.37).

i-Team’s Adam Potter had to settle for second in the under-12 race after clocking the same time as Alex Uphill (12.29) over five laps of their course.

Madeline Cooper, of Eden Veranda, was the best of the under-12 girls in 12.53.

Pascal Giret was the best under-10 boy with 12.57.

And Eden Veranda’s Melissa Cooper completed a fine day for her family as she was the first under-10 girl home in 14.15.

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