Ayre seals Sunderland Clarion trophy

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ANDY Ayre won Sunderland Clarion’s David Rowley Memorial Trophy with an excellent ride in the Ferryhill Wheelers’ 25-mile time trial.

Ayre, competing against clubmate Steve Kerr, clocked 1.01.28 to take the trophy.

Kerr was in top form too, recording a personal best of 1.09.31 on a fast Teesside course.

The overall winner of the event was Carl Saint (Yorkshire Road Club) in 50.48.

Several riders competed in the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue 10 mile time trial.

A strong showing saw Steve Gordon come in seventh overall, and second in his age group, with a time of 21.33, just over a minute behind the winner, Ferryhill Wheelers’ Keith Murray (20,23) who beat Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) by 20 seconds.

Ingrid Shepherd took second lady in a time of 24.19, finishing behind Tyneside Vagabond Angela Hibbs (22.37). Veteran Alan Armstrong clocked 28.12.

Meanwhile, three Clarion riders took to the start line in the North East CycloCross League round 1 at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield.

The off road event shows that winter is just round the corner, and amongst those going off road were Kris Adlington, Dave Jackson and Norman Grotz.

Adlington led the Clarion home in 14th place, with Grotz in 21st and Jackson 24th. The race was won by Jon Bayley (Gosforth RC) ahead of Michael Hardcastle (RAF CC) and James Raw (Hambleton RC).

Along with the CycloCross season, autumn is also marked by the hill climb season, with a number of riders preparing to represent Clarion at the traditional Northern opener up Hartside tomorrow.