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Smith grabs his first podium place of the season
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
TERRY Smith chose the seventh round of the Elmy Cycles Eastern Cyclocross League to make his first podium appearance of the season.
The Colchester Rovers rider secured a fine third place at Davy Down, near Thurrock.
Smith’s recent results have highlighted his excellent form with sixth, fifth and fourth places in the last few races, earning him a position on the front row of the starting grid for this round.
However, Smith had his worst start of the season, making the first corner in sixth place.
Riding in a group of four, 20 seconds down on eventual winner Dave Copland of Ipswich BC, Smith kept his cool as others made mistakes to claim his third place.
Paul Driver, of Amis Velo RT, finished tenth while Rovers’ Kevin Looker put in another impressive performance to claim 23rd.
He was followed by Peter Hall in 26th, Richard Jackson, on his season debut, in 41st, David Hales, of VC Revolution, in 51st and Ian Mansel-Thomas in 64th.
Rachel Clark, of Amis Velo RT, finished fifth in the Women’s Veteran category.
Caelan Miller, of East London Velo, was again a convincing winner in the under-tens.
An excellent ride from Colchester Rovers’ Jack Emerson saw him claim fifth ahead of team-mates Max Rethman (8th), Oliver Wellsted (9th), Jodie Taylor (14th), Joshua White (16th) and Isabella Djuve-Wood in (17th).
Rovers interest in the under-12s again focused on the tussle between Ollie Partner and Dan Hall, who finished 13 seconds and one place ahead of Partner, for sixth.
Dexter Mansel-Thomas was 13th, Thomas White 18th and Theo Warren 28th.
Adam Looker rode hard for an excellent sixth place from a large field in the youth race followed by James Jackson in 15th, Robert Mercer (39th) and Silas Warren (50th).
The Elite Veterans’ category saw Rovers’ Greg Andrews record another fine top-ten finish with ninth, despite losing his chain on the third lap.
Skilful Andrews showed great form, patiently working his way through the field for one of his hardest-earned placings of the season so far.
Andy Hurst finished in a fine 17th despite a late fall as the weather conditions worsened towards the end of the race.
Joseph Warren followed up in 22nd and Stuart McCain rounded off the Rovers placings in 26th.
Calum McCain finished 11th in the Junior Category.
All eyes will now be on Andrews and Smith, who are both going well, ahead of the Rovers home promotion at Furze Hill, Mistley, in the next round of the league this weekend.
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