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All-Ireland cyclo-cross league round 1

Lurgan Park, October 18, 2003

Aiken takes round one

By Shane Stokes, Irishcycling.com

Banbridge CC's Roger Aiken seized the early lead in the All-Ireland cyclo-cross league in Lurgan Park on Saturday when he raced to a fine win in the seven-lap race. The Banbridge CC rider crossed the line 41 seconds clear of Team WORC's Keith Meghen, who in turn was 35 seconds clear of XMTB junior Lewis Ferguson.

Forty riders took to the start in the handicap event, with Aiken and the three other scratch riders starting five minutes behind the front group. By the halfway stage he had overhauled all bar Apollo's Cameron Burns, who was making a valiant effort to stay clear. Aiken finally made the junction on the penultimate lap and pressed on to take the victory, while Meghen, Ferguson, and Apollo team-mates Peter McSorley and Andy Layhe were next across the line.

Jonathan Beers (XMTB), Andrew Godfrey (XMTB) and MOB's Eoin Sheridan were best in the underage events.

The second round of the series takes place next Saturday at Newry. The All-Ireland championships will be held in Powerscourt Estate on December 6th.

All-Ireland league 2003, remaining fixtures

Round 2: Newry, October 25th
Round 3: Kilcullen, November 9th
Round 4: Banbridge, November 15th
Round 5: Bangor, November 29th

Non-league event: CI All Ireland Championships, Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, December 6th


1 Roger Aiken (Banbridge CC)                 0.44.08
2 Keith Meghen (Team WORC)                      0.41
3 Lewis Ferguson (XMTB)                         1.15
4 Peter McSorley (Apollo)                       1.19
5 Andy Layhe (Apollo)                           1.40
6 Michael Murray (Clann Eireann)                1.56
7 Cameron Burns (Apollo)                        2.03
8 Tony Hare (Apollo)                            2.08
9 Don Travers (Banbridge CC)                    2.12
10 Andrew McAlister (Team WORC)                 2.14
Under 12
1 Jonathon Beers (XMTB)
2 William Boyd (XMTB)
3 Michael Runciman (Banbridge CC)
Under 14
1 Andrew Godfrey (XMTB)
2 Ian Galloway (Team WORC)
3 Matthew Casey (Team WORC)
Under 16
1 Eoin Sheridan (MOB CC)
2 Allaister McSorley (Apollo CC) 
3 Matthew McCormic (Banbridge CC) 

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