Team MK youngsters come through tough test with good results

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TEAM MK’s Central Cyclo-Cross League squad made the trip to Hemel Hempstead for round three on Sunday, with the cold and damp conditions making it a tough test for the club’s young riders.

Another large field in the U10 race saw Alexander Russell and Alex Wetherill finishing with the same time in the battle for 2nd and 3rd places, with Alexander taking the honours on this occasion, while an impressive opening lap saw Ruben Snelson finish 7th.

In the girls category, Molli Keenor was again the 1st placed girl, while the battle for 3rd place saw three girls finish within five seconds of each other, with Team MK’s Emily Moon coming 4th and Fiona Muncaster 5th.

Noah Tresham bounced back from last week’s race to take the final podium place in the U12 race. Noah was closely followed by Skip Snelson and Lewis Muncaster who finished in 4th and 5th places respectively. Sam Skeggs in 7th and Alex Wilkins in 10th completed the Team MK finishers. Aimee Zygo finished 3rd in the girls category.

With almost 30 riders in the U14 category, Jacob Tresham continued his consistent start to the series with 3rd place, followed by 11th Ben Wetherill, 13th Thomas Zygo, 23rd Oliver Daykin, 24th Jamie Lloyd and 26th Chris Wilkins.

Lauren Murphy was pushed hard in the girls’ category for the first time this season, but once again took the victory. Erin Simpson and Neve Skeggs were 7th and 9th respectively.

With Zinzan and Jonti Heap not racing, Buauna Ball and Marcus Burnett were left to represent Team MK in the U16 race. A close finish saw Buauna narrowly miss out on 2nd place, managing to hold off a fast finishing Marcus who took 4th. Elizabeth Shirley took her second win in as many weeks in the girls’ category.

A massive field of almost 150 riders started the adult race in the afternoon as the conditions and temperature improved. Chris Smith was the highest placed Team MK rider in 28th position. In the female category, Christina White took 3rd and Natalie Asaro 12th.

Other finishes were: 56th Simon Stockley, 60th Jason Keenor, 63rd Brian Primett, 64th Martin Heaton, 65th Christina White, 78th David Skeggs, 84th Graham Mackie, 96th Bill Shirley, 104th John Muncaster, 120th Richard Harrison and 121st Natalie Asaro.