I would just like to say a big thank you to all officials and helpers for tonight’s race thank you all.
Also once again a fantastic turn out to all riders from the youngest rider to the most senior rider thank you for making it all worth while and may it continue to the end of the season keep on riding every one.
The races kicked off with the under 8s and 10s, featuring a tight battle between Finn Little and Owain Newing for most of the way with Owain making up lost ground with some super fast cornering. Finn pulled clear over the last couple of laps to win from Owain, Shinya Calloway and Osian Sabourn.
Lawrence Kinnison led the early part of the under 12s’ race, but Toby Easby and Nathaniel Brookes appeared to be just toying with him and they suddenly burst away from Lawrence at about half distance. They circulated together until the end when Toby sprinted up from the bottom hairpin to take the win. Lawrence hung to third behind Nathaniel with Rory Brookes in fourth. Beth Calloway was the first female rider.
The Geddes twins dominated the under14s/16s event, Connor initially breaking away to be joined by James. They were well clear by the sprint finish, which Connor just won. Behind, there were more riders racing in pairs, Ben Hywel-Davies out sprinted Jacques Kinnison for third, while Maddie Howden was fifth and first female, sprinting in ahead of Elliot Simpson.
The final race was the 30 minute plus two laps senior event. The five women competitors headed off first, riding together early on. After Mary Emerson-Reed and Jenny Lucas were tailed off, Lynn Broom, Jane Pritchard and Stef Greenway kept pushing on together until Stef got away and held on to win. Jane and Lynn had a sprint for second, which Lynn won.
In the men’s race, Dan Brockway made an early escape but was eventually brought back to the pack after a few laps. Unfortunately, Dan crashed out of the lead group soon after to rejoin a lap down. Several riders tried to get free of the front runners, notably Rowan Birch who tried a couple of moves, but ultimately the pace was pretty quick and noone could stay clear. It all came to down to a sprint finish, which was won by Anthony Birkbeck.
There are lots of photos from the races on the GDW Facebook page.
Several of the club’s youth riders were competing at the Kalas Cup support races on Saturday, held at the Merryfield Aerodrome at Ilton. On a very hot morning, they all rode well and picked up a few fourths and fifths between them, though Maddie Howden and Owain Newing both finished third in their races. Maddie now has a full set of podium finishes after her recent first and second places at Odd Down and Ilton.
Again, there are photos from Ilton on the club Facebook page.