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HOUGHTON CC’s Cyclox team competed in round 9 of the CXNE Rat Race at Durham racecourse.

Riders from all over the country arrived in Durham and they were blessed with some great weather and a superb course at the very well-organised event.

The Houghton team was in good spirits under the watchful eye of Eddie McGourley. The team consisted of Paul Whitehill, Paul Robson, Peter Reed and Ian Jobling, who all competed in the Vets race, which lasted 40 minutes.

The event was won by Morgan Donnelly (Beacon Wheelers) with a time of 42.34.

Whitehill came in 36th (42.56). Robson 58th (45.16), Jobling (43.07) and Reed 75th in 47.18.

The senior event which lasted one hour, saw David Stevens riding for Houghton and ha gave a great performance finishing 22nd with a time of 1.03.47.

The race was won by Alan Nixon (Blackhawk Bikes) in 1.03.32.

The British University and College Championships were also held at Durham on the same day and Houghton’s Matt Webb had some bad luck with a mechanical and a crash but still managed to finish 28th.

On Sunday at the same venue, the third round of the National Cyclox Trophy was held.

It won again by Paul Oldham an elite rider for Team Hope Factory Racing, which gives him three wins in a row.

Oli Beckingsale (Endura MTB Racing_ was second, with local rider Adam Martin third.