RESULTS for the Manchester and District Ladies Cycling Assocation 'BAR' (Best All Rounder) competition were published this week, with three Weaver Valley riders making it into the top 10.

This competition aggregates the results of a series of time trials over different distances, including 10 miles, 25 and 50 miles, in races staged during the season.

Weaver Valley’s Emily Martin, who came second last year, made it into the top spot, reflecting her increasing confidence and strength.

She beat the next placed rider, Claire Harrison from Pro Vision Cycling Clothing, by a clear margin – Emily’s average speed was 24.14 mph, while Claire achieved 23.95.

Weaver Valley’s Lynsey Astles and Carol Robson also fared well, finishing in fifth and sixth place respectively, with average speeds of 21.91 and 21.49 mph.

Four riders represented Weaver Valley in the North West League cyclo cross event, promoted by Harry Middleton Cycling Club and staged at Beacon Park, near St Helens.

Riders faced a challenging course and muddy, slippery conditions.

In the women’s event, Louise Mainwaring came 14th and Lynsey Astles 22nd, both doing well in a strong field, with the winner Christina Wiejak from Team Jadan Weldtitle-Vive.

Nick Riding came 21st in the over 40s category, won by Dave Powell from Horwich CC, while Andrew Milligan placed 34th in the men’s veterans’ race, won by Pete Middleton from Zepnat RC.

Notable performances were also posted by the club’s older veteran riders, Dave Halman and Alan Shuttleworth, both riding in the over 70s category, coming in 63th and 64th respectively in the veterans’ race overall.

MOTORSPORT: Tom Ingram's British Touring Cars title challenge ended in race one of the final weekend of action.

His double win at Silverstone last time out reignited his challenge, but hopes ended when he failed to score in the first race at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

The Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, whose new-for-2019 Corolla is prepared by Northwich outfit Speedworks, also failed to score in the penultimate rce of the championship but came home seventh in race 30 for an overall placing of sixth.

Driver standings (top 10 of 32): 1 Colin Turkington (Team BMW) 320pts; 2 Andrew Jordan (BMW Pirtek Racing) 318; 3 Dan Cammish (Halfords Yuasa Racing) 318; 4 Josh Cook (BTC Racing) 278; 5 Rory Butcher (Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance) 266; 6 Tom Ingram (Team Toyota GB with Ginsters) 245; 7 Jason Plato (Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing) 237; 8 Ashley Sutton (Adrian Flux Subaru Racing) 233; 9 Matt Neal (Halfords Yuasa Racing) 232; 10 Tom Chilton (Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher) 200.