Stephenson and Ranson seal top ten finishes

Kris Adlington.

Kris Adlington.

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TWO local riders secured top-10 finishes in the Elite, second, third and fourth category National B race in round two of the Gateshead College Circuit Series at the former Nissan track.

Sunderland Clarion’s Craig Stephenson grabbed eighth place and Houghton CC’s Chris Ranson was 10th in a sprint for third place behind a podium of Achieve-Skinnergate Racing’s Colin Humphrey, Ryan Davis (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) and Jack Rees (Achieve-Skinnergate).

Result: 1 Colin Humphrey (Achieve-Skinnergate Racing), 2 Ryan Davis (Starley Primal Pro Cycling), 3 Jack Rees (Achieve-Skinnergate Racing), 4 Marcus Smith (Cleveland Wheelers), 5 Genadijs Tilgalis (Greenwheel Cycles), 6 Robert Harper (RST), 7 Robert Shields (GS Metro), 8 Craig Stephenson (Sunderland Clarion), 9 Joe Brown (Cycleways Sports & Leisure), 10 Chris Ranson (Houghton CC), 11 Adam Norris (Pro Cycle Hire UK).

H Manila Cyclng’s Greg Booth outsprinted Andrew Scorey (Berwick Wheelers CC) in a bunch finish to take the 3rd/4th category Regional B race, which included paracyclists.

Sunderland Clarion’s Kris Adlington was 10th, leading home a strong Clarion effort which featured a racing debut for Ingrid Shepherd.

Steve Gordon worked hard throughout to help chase down the day’s breakaway, while Colin Dorward and Tom Guy also started for the Clarion.

Results: 1 Greg Booth (Manilla Cycling), 2 Andrew Scorey (Berwick Wheelers CC), 3 Jonathan Caisley (Northumbria Police CC), 4 Terence Wilkinson (Barnesbury CC), 5 Craig Green (Greenwheel Cycles – paracyclist), 6 Jon Chambers (Chevin Cycles.com Trek), 7 Chris Constanti (Gosforth RC), 8 Joe Howard (Marton Race Team), 9 Martin Brearey (Cleveland Wheelers CC), 10 Kris Adlington (Sunderland Clarion CC).

Paracyclist Result: 1 Craig Green (Greenwheel Cycles), 2 Craig Preece (Team Battle Back), 3 Mark Graham (Unattached), 4 Matthew Hamilton (Lee Valley Youth CC), 5 Daniel Butler (West Wales CRT), 6 Chloe Selman (Performance Cycle Coaching), 7 Katie Toft (Mossley CRT), 8 Megan Giglia (Stratford Cycle Studio - RPC), 9 Connor Brock (Unattached), 10 Matthew Faucher (Newport Youth Velo CC).

H Houghton CC’s Craig McCann rode a trike to second place in the race for paracyclists using adapted cycles, being outsprinted by Steven Arnold (Team Battle Back) at the end.

Results: 1 Steven Arnold (Team Battle Back), 2 Craig McCann (Houghton CC), 3 Josh Boggi (Team Battle Back), 4 Caroline Waring (Unattached), 5 Hannah Hunt (Unattached), 6 Hannah Dines (Unattached), 7 Jani Isotalo (Unattached), 8 Matthew Humphreys (Derby Mercury).