Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Randle Goes on Attack to Scatter a Hotshot Field

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Randle Goes on Attack to Scatter a Hotshot Field

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Byline: By Adam Steel Evening Gazette

Break-away specialist Wayne Randle (Doncaster Wheelers) tore the field apart to win the fifth John Raisbeck Trophy road race.

Last year's runner-up finished the 82 miles at Ingleby Greenhow on his own in 3hrs 4min.

Derbyshire hot-shot Robin Sharman and time trial ace Kevin Dawson (Planet X) were a respective second and third, 15 seconds back.

Mark Wordsworth, winner in 2003, helped himself to fourth place in the sun, with Rick King (Bannatyne) right behind him.

Emerging Acklam roadman Chris Mark (Bike Traks) was an impressive ninth, leading home the bunch as the best-placed local, followed by Saltburn's Marcus Smith in 11th.

A group of nine - including the top eight finishers - went clear with just 18 miles gone and stayed away for the duration.

Randle attacked on the Ingleby Greenhow hill after 60 miles, his efforts forcing fellow pace-setters Neil Swithenbank, Andrew Stuart and Adam Biggs to lose contact.

Sharman then unsuccessfully tried his luck with three miles to go before lone ranger Randle took the race by the scruff of the neck soon after.

Results: 1, W Randle (Doncaster Whs) 82 miles in 3hrs 4min; 2, R Sharman (Derbyshire); 3, K Dawson (Planet X) both at 15sec; 4, M Wordsworth (Doncaster Whs) at 45sec; 5, R King (Bannatyne) at one min; 6, N Swithenbank (MK Cycles); 7, A Stuart (Ashfield RC); 8, A Biggs (Team Bradgate) all at one min 50sec; 9, C Mark (Bike Traks); 10, S Gamble (Ashfield RC) both at one min 53sec.

EVERGREEN Eaglescliffe rider Les Dawson shows no sign of slowing down - at the ripe old age of 77.

Les (Teesside Road Club) set a new age record in claiming first place on standard at the Veterans' Time Trial Association national 30 miles championship at Thirsk.

It was the first part of a Dawson family double - wife Mary, 75, also set a new age record - and followed his runner-up spot in the VTTA's '25' championship at Doncaster.

First on actual time was Tony Stott (SIS. …

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