CYCLING: Class victory for Weaver Valley man Kemp

3:38pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

By Andrew Simpson

ALAN Kemp, representing Weaver Valley Cycling Club, claimed class honours during the 46-mile Derek Smith Memorial Road Race near Ripponden.

He followed six riders that broke away on the first of 10 laps of a race promoted by Halifax Imperial Wheelers, a group reduced to three men with as many laps to go.

Kemp edged out Mick Day, from Bradford, to win in his age category following an uphill finish.

Alistair Stanway, in 58:48, was the first in Weaver Valley colours to finish the Glossop Kinder Velo 25 last weekend.

He was followed over the line by Jim Duffy, who timed a personal best 1:00.55, and Chris Gilbertson in 1:01.19.

Port Sunlight Wheelers’ Andrew Wilkinson claimed first prize in 51:41.

James Risk and Jacob Booth competed against older riders in the sixth round of the Cycling Development North West Road Race League at Old Hutton.

The Weaver Valley juniors kept pace at the front of the bunch in the category three and four support race, with Risk edged into third place overall following a sprint to the finish.

Booth was close behind in fifth position at the end of seven laps of a testing course.

Caroline Fearon has improved her season-best time over 10 miles in each of the past two weeks during races organised by the Manchester and District Ladies Cycling Association.

She was sixth fastest female in 26:57 on Saturday, quicker than the 27:44 posted seven days earlier.

Stanway clocked 23:02, with veteran Bill Campbell, Gilbertson and Andy Wood – in a personal best 24:13 – the other Weaver Valley members to finish Saturday’s ABC Centreville 10 on Cheshire roads.

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