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London Cyclo-Cross League #2

Deers Leap Park, East Grinstead, October 6, 2002

Holmes powers to win

By www.Londoncyclesport.com

The Deers Leap course was bathed in lovely sunshine and we all wondered if cross had become a summer sport.

Set on farm land the course featured no tarmac and was dusty leading to a number of washouts for those who didn't moderate their speed. A couple of nasty stones in 'Ducks Wood' caused a number of punctures.


A large field streamed across the grassy meadow at the start and we held our breath, but no one crashed as they funnelled onto the race course.

From the start Matt Holmes (Arctic/Shorter Rochford), Jon Sharpe (Saucony), Tom Randall (De Laune), Steve Hamblins (Activ Folkstone) and Steve Price (De Laune) set the pace swapping the lead regularly.

Price put in a huge effort and prised himself off the group to take to the front with Sharpe on his wheel and Holmes just a little down. But in the space of one lap Holmes had made up the gap and took to the front, just after Price was forced out with a mechanical.

With Holmes riding strongly toward victory Nick Kinsey (Team Noah) seemingly stealth like had moved himself up the order, we knew he was racing fast, but we must have lost track of the race as Kinsey took 2nd and was top veteran whilst Sharpe, Hamblin and Randall entertained us with a great battle. In fact the dry conditions lent itself to close racing and there was plenty to be found this day.

Top woman was Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix).


Despite the National Trophy race at Matlock taking away a number of Youth riders a good number took on the Dear Park course. James Coop kept the VC Deal name at the forefront of Youth cycling with a good win ahead of Kirk Jenns of Team Darenth.


1 Matt Holmes (Arctic Shorter Rochford)
2 Nick Kinsey (Team Noah)
3 Jon Sharpe (Saucony)
4 Tom Randle (De Laune C.C.)
5 Steve Hambling (Activ Folkestone)
6 Steve Dennis (East Grinstead C.C.)
7 Paul Byford (Crawley Wheelers)
8 Ben Lockwood (G.S.Invicta)
9 Gavin Rumble (C.C.Luton)
10 Karl McDonagh (Brixton Cycles)
11 Phil Westoby (Army C.U.)
12 Phil Rayner (Bike Hut Development)
13 Douglas Fox (Crawley Wheelers)
14 Peter Bareford (Arctic Shorter Rochford)
15 John Gough (G.S.Invicta)
16 Graham Parkin (Team 2000)
17 Alan Duncan (G.S.Invicta)
18 Barry Martin (Lewes Wanderers)
19 Ray Coop (V.C.Deal)
20 Mark Winton (Lewes Wanderers)
21 Simon Scarsbrook (V.C.Etoile)
22 Chris Attwell (G.S.Invicta)
23 John Wood (Finsbury Park C.C.)
24 Richard Munday (Addiscombe C.C.)
25 M. Giallagher (London Phoenix)
26 Paul Warner (Team Darenth)
27 Tom Wilson (G.S.Invicta)
28 Graham Lee (Cycleweb)
29 Martin Lloyd (ERV-Bianchi)
30 Kevin Martin (Team Darenth)
31 Harvey Pope (Medway Velo)
32 John Terrell (Private)
33 Gareth Roberts (Feltham R.C.)
34 Paul Douglas (C.C.Luton)
35 Nick Cook (Crawley Wheelers)
36 Anthony Rogers (Brighton Excelsior)
37 Mark Wyer (London Phoenix)
38 David Steele (London Phoenix)
39 Tim Mervin (Catford C.C.)
40 Mark Wade (V.C.Deal)
41 Marek Glowinski (V.C.Londres)
42 Rick Taub (In Gear R.T.)
43 Mick Ansell (Festival R.C.)
44 Rob Kennison (Team2000/Victory)
45 Roger Hornby (Catford C.C.)
46 Chris Reed (London Phoenix)
47 Barry Allen (London Phoenix)
48 Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix)
49 Philip Glowinski (V.C.Londres)
50 Gerrit Oplaat (East Grinstead C.C.)
51 Mick Faber (G.S.Invicta)
52 Anna Glowinski (V.C.Londres)
53 Nick Franklin (Addiscombe C.C.)
54 Daniel Berry (London Phoenix)
D.N.F. Andy Taylor (Crawley Wheelers)
D.N.F. Craig Martin (Team Darenth)
D.N.F. Debbie Knott (Icknield R.C.)
D.N.F. Mark Burden (London Phoenix)
D.N.F. Steven Price (De Laune C.C.)
D.N.F. K. Manning (Finsbury Park C.C.)
D.N.F. Paul Teolty (? Army C.U.)
D.N.F. Danie Rudd (De Laune C.C.)
1 James Coop (V.C.Deal)
2 Kirk Jenns (Team Darenth)
3 Tom Smart (V.C.Deal)
4 Ben Mitchell (Hayes Brook)
5 George Thomas (Crawely Wheelers)
6 Alex Paton (V.C.Deal)
7 Alex Aldham-Breary (Team Darenth)
8 Chris Richardson (V.C.Deal)
9 Nathan Palmer (Herne Hill Youth)
10 Louise Mane' (Sutton C.C.)
11 Katy Wade (V.C.Deal)
12 Herne Hill (Youth)
D.N.F. Kurt Warner (Team Darenth)
Under 10
1 Sam Johnson (V.C.Deal)
2 Max Sykes (V.C.Deal)
3 Alec Briggs (Herne Hill Youth)
4 Tom Kennison (Victory C.C.)
5 Brock Duncumb (Preston Park Y.C.C.)
6 Liam White (V.C.Deal)
7 Joshua Parkin (Victory C.C.)
8 Jacob Kennison (Victory C.C.)
9 Gretel Warren (Team Darenth)
10 Helena Atwell (G.S.Invicta)
Under 12
1 Michael Butler (V.C. Deal)
2 James Wade (V.C. Deal)
3 Samantha Bryant (Team Darenth)
4 Sam Johnson (V.C. Deal)
5 Max Sykes (V.C. Deal)
6 Steven Hobbs (Herne Hill Youth)
7 Josh Browne (Victory C.C.)
8 Tom Kennison (Victory C.C.)
9 Fiona Richardson (V.C. Deal)
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