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Second place for Wellstead at Hilly Fields
8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
MORE than 200 of the region’s top cyclo-cross competitors battled it out in the sixth round of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League at Hilly fields.
The event, hosted by local team Amis Velo and organised by Ben Paton, is regarded as one of the most exciting and technical courses on the calendar.
Colchester Rovers were the most prominent of the local teams in attendance and fielded a good number of riders in all age categories.
The finest performance of the day came in the first race where Oliver Wellstead clinched second place, in the under-ten category.
Zoe Swainston finished third and first girl and Jack Emerson made it three Rovers in the top five. They were followed by Jodie Taylor (16th), Josh White (18th) and Isabella Djuve-Wood (22nd).
Eight of the Rovers youth squad competed in the under-12s race, with Dan Hall leading them home in fifth.
Oliver Partner and Dexter Mansel-Thomas raced to the line in tenth and 11th respectively.
Thomas White led the other Rovers home in 17th, ahead of Aeddan Seaward (19th), Thomas White (21st), Amelia Hopper (23rd) and Thomas Carson (24th).
In the under-16 section, Adam Looker finished sixth while in the under-14 race, Bob Longstaff and Cameron Hurst battled it out in a sprint finish.
Longstaff touched wheels with Hurst when negotiating the last corner around a tree and lost control with 50 metres to go.
Hurst sprinted home to take third while Longstaff who's chain came off in the fall ran the bike across the line to take fourth.
Robert Mercer rode a strong race to finish 29th, while Silas Warren gritted his teeth to take 41st.
Rovers rivals Nick Webber and Terry Smith battled it out in the vets category.
Smith slipped back to fourth by lap three but then rode consistently to the finish making few errors, to hang on to his best finish this year.
Webber slowly gained during the latter stages but could not quite close the gap and finished sixth.
Paul Speller finished 11th, while Kevin Looker was 19th.
The Rovers trio of David Triggs (30th), Jim Clayton (32nd) and Mike Barnard (34th) were next home, ahead of John Letch (36th), Peter Partner (49th) and Ian Mansel-Thomas (54th).
In the seniors race, Greg Andrews finished top Rover in 24th and made the regaining of the club champion trophy almost a formality.
James Hockridge was 38th, with Joe Warren close behind in 40th.
Andrew Hopper battled his way through the mud to complete the hour in 59th but Andy Hurst had to retire after a nasty fall halfway through the race.
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