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Jackson lifts Colchester Rovers' 25-mile time-trial title
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
TEENAGER James Jackson has lifted Colchester Rovers’ 25-mile time-trial title.
Jackson took his opportunity at the club’s last time trial of the season to claim the title in some style.
This event is purely handicap-based and Jackson took advantage of his allowance to clock a time of 54m 19s ahead of men’s handicap championship runner-up Peter Hall in 56m 26s and Ken Baker in 58m 38s.
The Memorial 25 rounded off a highly successful handicap season for the Jackson household.
Although James’ father, Richard, could only manage 1h 35s and fifth place in this event, his last-gasp efforts in the previous 30-mile contest had been enough to secure this year’s Men’s Handicap Championship by one point, against any late assault from Hall or outgoing champion Jim Clayton.
The fastest scratch time of the day was recorded by recently-crowned club champion Adrian Manley in 1h 1m 18s.
The Ladies Handicap Championship, however, still had everything to play for going into this final event.
A potential three-way deciding contest between Kelly Philips, Debra Peck and Sue Tweddell was simplified by Philips’ absence.
Although Peck rode strongly to finish fastest woman on the day, Tweddell was rewarded for a season of fine performances as her second place tally of 49 points was enough to secure the 2013 Ladies’ Handicap title.
Round five of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League was held at Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. Zoe Swainston stormed to her best result of the season so far taking third and first girl in the under-10’s race.
She was closely followed by Jack Emerson in sixth, 20 seconds behind.
The under-12s contained the largest number of Colchester riders.
Club-mates Oliver Partner and Dexter Mansel-Thomas fought a long hard battle to finish sprinting for the line with Partner just having the edge to take 12th.
Dan Hall was the best-placed Rover taking 10th with Aeddan Seaward finishing 26th and Amelia Hopper 38th.
Peter Partner and Ian Mansel-Thomas were the only entrants in the Veterans’ 40-minute race.
Partner rode to an impressive 47th place in a large quality field and Mansel-Thomas finished 59th.
The final race of the day, containing the seniors and elite veterans, saw Greg Andrews finishing 26th overall and ninth in the elite veterans’ category, moving up in the league standings to ninth overall.
Chris Seaward and Andrew Hopper finished 67th and 72nd respectively in the senior race.
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