Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jack Just Misses out to the Lads

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jack Just Misses out to the Lads

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Northumbria Police rider Phil Jack finished just outside the top three after an exciting finish to his race in the National Disability Champion-ships at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

The Cycle Coaching North circuit race rounded off the championships, which were a great success for the Sunderland venue.

With 20 laps to be covered, the field was active from the start as Jack, Mark Wilson (Cestria CC), Jack Rees (Adept Precision RT), Richard Williamson and Richard Meadows (Cleveland Whs) and John Cann (Barnesbury CC) set about dominating the event.

As early as the second lap a six-second gap appeared. Over the following 10 laps, 13 seconds were added to the lead, with Williamson and Meadows never far from the front.

An attempt by Terry Tiffen (Cestria CC) and Ian Dey (VC Azzurri) appeared to be the only serious effort to join the leaders.

The pair brought the gap down slightly but with six to go, the pack, apart from the six in the break, was altogether.

It was also the same six that after 36km of racing brought the day's events to a close as Williamson came thundering across the line to beat Rees, a junior, by a length.

Fittingly in an event organised by CCN, 15-year-old Meadows claimed third. Russell White, having missed the break, still had it in him to take on Tiffen for seventh place.

Kevin Papworth (Bedfordshire Road Club) made the long trip north worthwhile when he claimed the National title in the headline event of the Hetton Hawks Open Day. Papworth, Britain's top handbike rider, took gold ahead of Ian Marsden and Chris Madden, both riding for the UK Hand Cycle Association.

Winning the Solo Championships, Gary Rosbotham-Williams of GB Disabled took the verdict from Russell White (Cardiff Ajax) and David Stone (Unattached).

"It's got to be one of the best circuits I've raced on," said 37-year-old Papworth, who has been disabled since 1990 after an accident during a time trial. …

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