Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murray at the Double

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murray at the Double

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Keith murray, finding form again after a series of non-starts due to what he puts down to a lack of motivation, claimed another two wins in the past week.

Murray, the Darlington-based Science in Sport rider who could have won the NECCA 2002/3 Cyclo-Cross league if he had been able to attain an eighth qualifying event, had his enthusiasm re-ignited ironically by being beaten in the Rutland Whs 10 in Sheffield earlier this month by World Masters Silver medalist Julian Ramsbottom.

Murray gained his revenge on Saturday in the Birdwell Whs 10, again in Sheffield, when he pushed Ramsbottom off the winner's spot by two seconds to record 19-35 for an average speed of 30.6 mph!

In between, Murray broke the event record and unofficially claimed the course record closer to home when beating Northumbria Police's Mike Harris by 56 seconds to win the Cestria CC 10 last week.

As far as anyone can say for certain, the old course record - set two years ago by Murray himself - was broken by 13 seconds.

It may be the last time the record can be broken, though, as the installation of traffic lights on the roundabout at the turn at Durham may have signalled the last event on the course.

Organiser Paul McMenemy hopes that the lights are only part-time, which means by the time the 7pm event kicks off, the lights as well will be off!.

Murray has already switched his attention to the forthcoming cyclo-cross season where, together with the rest of the Science in Sport squad, he will tackle a combination of local and national events from October to February.

The fast speed, combined with the relatively flat course, saw the finish of the Dudley Road Race end in a bunch sprint, with Batley CC's Nick Holmes taking the verdict as the lead group all finished in the same time.

The early breaks in the event were all reeled in by the second of 14 laps of a 5. …

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