Harrison clinches Open title in style

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HOUGHTON CC’s Mark Harrison raced to victory in the Cramlington CC Open 18 mile time trial on the M18 course, starting at Ponteland.

Harrison (38min 42sec) raced home 17 seconds clear of Blaine Metcalf (Team Swift).

Sunderland Clarion’s Steve Gordon came home in 42.19, while clubmate Ingrid Shepherd was the second woman home in 46.40, only behind Derwentside CC’s Bev Blakeman (43.59).

Results: 1 Mark Harrison (Houghton CC) 38.42, 2 Blaine Metcalf (Team Swift) 38.59, 3 Ben Lane (GS Metro) 39.16, 4 Lee McDermott (Wansbeck CC) 39.38, 5 Matt Webb (Houghton CC) 40.04. Ladies: 1 Bev Blakeman (Derwentside CC) 43.57, 2 Ingrid Shepherd (S’land Clarion) 46.40. Vets: 1 Lee McDermott (Wansbeck CC) 39.38, 2 Mark Strang (Wansbeck CC) 40.17. Vets over 50: 1 Tim Humphries (Team Swift) 40.20, 2 Jonathan Gavagham (Wansbeck CC) 41.05

H Sunderland Clarion’s Iain Beveridge finished 11th, and first Category C rider, when he posted 59.26 in the Darlington CC Open 25-mile time trial.

The overall winner was Keith Murray (Ferryhill Wheelers Mountain High) with a course record of 53.31.

H Sunderland Clarion’s Craig Stephenson was a convincing winner of the latest Houghton CC Wednesday evening nine mile time trial, ending 37 seconds clear of runner-up Greg Taylor (Hetton Hawks).

Results: 1 Craig Stephenson (S’land Clarion) 21.34, 2 Greg Taylor (Hetton Hawks) 22.11, 3 Johnny Harrison (Ferryhill Wheelers) 22.23, 4 Chris Constanti (Gosforth RC) 22.49, 5 Giles White (Sherwood CC) 23.15, 6 Elliot White (Houghton CC) 23.22, 7 Ian Jobling (Houghton CC) 23.25, 8 Ian Hodgson (Houghton CC) 23.42, 9 Paul Robson (Houghton CC) 23.44, 10 Ray Robinson (Houghton CC) 24.19, 11 Lee Statham (Houghton CC) 24.25, 12 Colin Humphrey (Houghton CC) 24.52, 13 Peter Searle (Houghton CC) 25.16, 14 David Taylor (Hetton Hawks) 25.51, 15 P Barrett (S’land Clarion) 25.53, 16 Steve Kerr (S’land Clarion) 25.47, 17 Keith Elliot (Houghton CC) 25.57, 18 Andy Murray (Houghton CC) 26.07, 19 Joe Applegarth (Houghton CC) 26.33, 20 Paul Borrowdale (Houghton CC) 27.03, 21 Jonathan Mordue (Houghton CC) 27.06, 22 Colin Oxberry (Houghton CC) 27.11, 23 Alison Raine (Houghton CC) 27.24.