Dickinson back on podium again

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SUNDERLAND Clarion’s Tony Dickinson put on another strong show in the Cycle Development North East’s Thursday Crit League at Prissick in Middlesbrough, with a third-place finish.

He followed up the previous week’s victory with another podium place, this time behind Matthew Worton (Blackhawk Bikes) and Alex Luhrs (Gosforth RC).

Dickinson described the race as tougher than the previous week, but despite this and the 26mph average speed, he found his way to the front in the end to finish third in the bunch kick. Dickinson’s fine performances have left him one fifth place finish away from securing his second category racer’s licence, where he’ll join fellow team-mates Michael Sloanes, Iain Beveridge, Craig Stephenson and Neil Wallbank.

Houghton CC riders Chris Ranson and Andy Brennan rode the 3rd and 4th category race and finished sixth and eighth each, gaining points for their club and licences.

On Sunday, Houghton riders took part in the Sunday Cycle Races League. David Ranson rode the 4th Category race and finished fifth. Andy Brennan rode the Elite/1/2/3 category race and finished 13th.

A four-strong Clarion team of Sloanes, Stephenson, Wallbank and Matthew France will take to the start line in the Thornton Trophy on Sunday.

H Houghton CC’s Open 9 mile Time Trial on the Leamside Course was won by Ian Taylor (Ciclostablanca.com) with a time of 20 seconds 16 minutes.

The winner of the ladies event was Dawn Sherrin (GS Metro) in 23.41.

Results: Ian Taylor (Ciclostablanca.com) 20.16, Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) 20.26, Mark Reed (Tyneside Vagabonds) 20.37, Mark Harrison (Houghton Cycling Club) 20.40, David Paterson (Adept Precision RT) 20.54, Ben Lee (GS Metro) 21.5, Craig Stevenson (Sunderland Clarion) 21.8, Nev Martin (Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue CC) 21.16, Brian Johnson (Barnesbury CC) 21.22, Paul Whitehill (Houghton Cycling Club) 21.34, Craig Berry (Cestria Cycles RT) 21.41, Martin Gibson (Adept Precision RT) 21.54, Ben Johnson (Derwentside CC) 22.10, Chris Lawson (VTTA North) 22.32, Ian Jobling (Houghton Cycling Club) 22.40, Clive Horton (Barnesbury CC) 22.51, Ian Hodgson (Houghton Cycling Club) 23.25, Dawn Sherrin (GS Metro) 23.41, Andrew Clarke (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) 23.54, Ian Cox (Houghton Cycling Club) 23.59, Peter Tuckwell (Houghton Cycling Club) 24.7, Brian Craven (Tyneside Vagabonds) 24.22, Malcolm Sellers (Houghton Cycling Club) 24.29, Dave Marshall (Cestria CC) 25.36, Joe Applegarth (Houghton Cycling Club) 25.41, Chuck Taylor (Houghton Cycling Club) 25.51, Joshua Craven (Tyneside Vagabonds) 26.4, Dave Farrar (Houghton Cycling Club) 26.13, Ian Garfield (Houghton Cycling Club) 26.34, Alan Lawson (Houghton Cycling Club) 26.35, Barry Richards (Houghton Cycling Club) 26.58, Peter Baggerley (Sunderland Clarion) 27.15, Brian Henderson (Houghton Cycling Club) 27.59.