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Updated 24 February 2010

Our open Cyclo-Cross event was on 5 December 2009

Photos from Nigel Scales


U10 race
A large field of 25 U10s took to a challenging grassy circuit around Herne Hill Velodrome, including a large contingent from home club Herne Hill Youth CC. After some changes in the lead early on, Nathan Martin (Team Darenth) established a lead from Gemma Heath (Sutton CC) and newcomer Joe Bertram (HHYCC). Like many other riders, Hayden Cassidy (HHYCC) found some heavy grassy stretches hard going later on, but stayed clear of the rest and finished a very good 4th place.

U12 race
From early on, Toby Martin (Team Darenth) showed his experience and built up a lead over James Mitri (VC Londres), with Thomas Burnett (Preston Park Youth CC) a short way back. Theo Codrington (HHYCC) just managed to overhaul Rachel Jary (VC Londres) in the closing stages to take 4th place.

U14 and U16 Race
The under 16ís and under 14ís race saw close battles and spirited riding up and down the field. Jack Finch (VC Deal) took the honours of 1st U16 boy in terrific style. After taking the lead early, he never looked like being caught as he powered to the finish line well clear of his competitors. Kim English (Preston Park Youth CC) was 1st U14 girl with a fine performance that would also have won her the U16 girlís race. Noah Phillips (VC Londres) was 1st U14 boy with an excellent 5th place overall. Further down the field the racing was no less exciting with Daniel Taylor and Tim Leake (both Herne Hill Youth CC) locked in a duel to the line, with Tim narrowly edging out Daniel for 5th U14 boy.

Novice Race
The novice race saw 17 enthusiastic starters finding their feet in the wonderful sport of Cyclo Cross. Some laughed, some cried, but they all had fun! Rob Milton quickly built up an unassailable lead that he held all the way to the finish. The ride of the race however came from Tom Killiu who went from 7th after 1 lap to finish 2nd on the line despite taking a tumble and badly cutting his arm, chapeau!

The main event got off to a typically hectic start. Vet rider Matt Seaton (Mosquito Bikes) led through the crucial first turn, but Jules Birles (VC Londres) was on a mission and stole the lead before hitting the single track. Birles had built up a slim advantage after the first lap was looking good. Behind him Seaton had slipped back to 3rd as Mark Drayton (London Dynamo) entered the mix. Over the next few laps Birles looked to be fading and was eventually caught by the fast moving duo of Seaton and Drayton. The three rode together for a few laps until Drayton made his move at the hurdles and gradually pulled out a commanding lead. Drayton picked up a puncture on the last lap but still managed to bring it home for his first ever win. Birles took 2nd in front of a disappointed Matt Seaton who had to content himself with 1st Vet. Elise Sherwell (Pearson Cycles) edged out Maryka Sennema (Kingston Wheelers) to take 1st Woman after a race long scrap that saw the lead change many times.

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U10 event - 11.00 am - 25 starters    
1 151 Nathan Martin Team Darenth  
2 153 Gemma Heath Sutton CC 1st Girl
3 156 Joe Bertram HHYCC  
4 158 Hayden Cassidy HHYCC  
5 166 Angus Hawkins    
6 150 Tom Martin HHYCC  
7 159 Max Taylor HHYCC  
8 173 Louis Harman HHYCC  
9 170 Lois Samphier   2nd Girl
10 160 Freddie Taylor HHYCC  
11 152 Alex Aiders HHYCC  
12 162 Joseph Blackmore HHYCC  
13 163 Kitty Phillips HHYCC 3rd Girl
14 169 Peter Maytom HHYCC  
15 157 Amelia Coombes HHYCC  
16 171 Joe Dutton HHYCC  
17 175 Hua Hua Stockman HHYCC  
18 161 Taidgh O'Rourke HHYCC  
19 174 Sam Pritigas HHYCC  
20 168 Alex Ferri HHYCC @1 lap
21 155 Harry Peachey    
22 167 Alexa Hawkins    
23 172 Jake Purcell HHYCC  
24 165 Eleanor Voce HHYCC  
25 164 Laura Bevan HHYCC  


U12 event - 11.20 am - 9 starters    
1 100 Toby Martin Team Darenth  
2 102 James Mitri VC Londres  
3 103 Thomas Burnett Preston Park YCC  
4 108 Theo Codrington HHYCC  
5 105 Rachel Jary VC Londres  
6 104 Rory Thomas HHYCC  
7 107 Oscar Harman HHYCC  
8 106 Joshua Bakare HHYCC @ 1 lap
9 101 Holly Bardsley HHYCC  


Novice event - 12.45 pm - 17 starters  
1 1 Rob Milton    
2 15 Tom Killiu    
3 4 Thomas Stone Rollapaluza CC  
4 10 Mark Jary VC Londres  
5 8 Ian Craig VC Etoile  
6 16 Neil Bardsley HHYCC  
7 5 Duncan Rimmer  
8 9 Bruce English Lewes Wanderers  
9 14 Adam Harman HHYCC  
10 7 George Lewis  De Laune CC  
11 17 Camilla Ng   1st Woman
12 13 Nigel Wood    
13 3 Mike Jubb    
14 11 Will Mordaunt HHYCC  
15 12 Julie Read HHYCC 2nd Woman


Results printed using software from      
1  Sen  134  Mark   Drayton   London Dynamo   00:06:08  00:59:59   10 laps
2  Sen  129  Jules   Birles   VC Londres   00:06:01  01:00:12   10 laps
3  Vet  64  Matt   Seaton   Mosquito Bikes   00:06:03  01:00:15   10 laps
4  Sen  130  Kevin   Ball   Dulwich Paragon   00:06:44  01:05:39   10 laps
5  Vet  76  Stuart   Lockyear   London Phoenix   00:06:59  01:06:26   10 laps
6  Sen  126  Andrew   Carnall   Agiskoviner   01:00:06   9 laps  
7  Vet  82  Andy   Seltzer   East Grinstead CC   01:00:08   9 laps  
8  Vet  83  Mark   Brown   Dulwich Paragon   01:00:33   9 laps  
9  Sen  124  Joss   Miller   London Phoenix   01:00:52   9 laps  
10  Vet  61  Andrew   Powers      01:01:02   9 laps  
11  Sen  122  Bryan   Taylor   VC Londres   01:01:41   9 laps  
12  Vet  70  Philip   Burnett   Mosquito Bikes   01:01:46   9 laps  
13  Sen  128  Andrew   Snowball   VC Londres   01:01:59   9 laps  
14  Vet  73  Steve   White   VC Londres   01:02:14   9 laps  
15  Vet  62  Charles   Codrington   Dulwich Paragon   01:03:20   9 laps  
16  Vet  68  Kevin   Perkins   Seeds CC   01:03:59   9 laps  
17  Vet  67  Stephen   Blackmore   Seeds CC   01:04:11   9 laps  
18  Vet  79  Nick   Kinsey   Tri UK   01:04:33   9 laps  
19  Sen  125  Terry   Penn   Evans Cycles   01:04:57   9 laps  
20  Vet  66  Paul   Atkinson   Seeds CC   01:04:59   9 laps  
21  Vet  77  Tony   Bartlett   Corridori   01:05:09   9 laps  
22  Vet  71  Geoff   Nutter      01:06:43   9 laps  
23  Wom  191  Elise   Sherwell   Pearson   01:07:31   9 laps  
24  Wom  193  Maryka   Sennema   Kingston Wheelers   8 laps    
25  Sen  123  Caspar   Hughes   Rollapaluza CC   8 laps    
26  Vet  78  Mark   Cooper      8 laps    
27  Sen  133  Toby   Blackman   VC Londres   8 laps    
28  Vet  74  Steve   Wood   London Dynamo   8 laps    
29  Vet  72  Mick   Curtis   Corridori       
30  Sen  132  Chris   Broadbent          
31  Vet  75  Roger   Hornsby   GS Avanti       
32  Wom  192  Melissa   Wadams   Dulwich       
33  Vet  80  Bruce   McMichael   Hounslow & District       
34  Jun  180  John   Carron          
DNFs in no particular order            
DNF    Sen  135  Stuart   Spenis   London Dynamo       
DNF    Sen  131  Yasuyah   Sakurai   Brixton Cycles       
DNF    Sen  127  Derek   Randall          
DNF    Vet  69  Shane   Kake          
DNF    Sen  120  James   O'Brien          
DNF    Vet  65  Philip   Harris   San Fairy Ann       

Club Cyclo-Cross held at Herne Hill on Saturday 4 March 2006

Full results here

The winner pulling away... Ross working his way through
Climbing Cliff... What goes up...

2002/3 Sixth report:

Done it at last! a London league win for the full report check out the link 

For the personal touch here a few words:

Over the moon to get my first win particularly as my father came to watch his first cross race of the season and that the family had has particularly bad news the previous day. My disappointment of not making to the nationals were offset by this result. Due to the pressures of work and family I had not trained for three weeks after the Foots Cray quagmire (round 11) which I was forced to pull out from and gained this result of a week of considered training.

On reflection the cross season was a great success, having started the season with no expectations, to the extent that I found myself heading the field in the first race I entered, sadly I didn't finish as I punctured and was yet to acquire a spare set of wheels. I will concentrate on cross solely for the coming year and prepare with that in mind which will see me at a great many crits in the run up to September trying to gain that edge that will make overall success in the London league a possibility. 

Fifth report:

Round ten of the 2002/2003 Mosquito/Kinesis London Cyclo-Cross League and final Sussex League held at Brighton on December 22. Organised by Brighton Excelsior CC.

A second second place a good habit but I would love to have that top step. I started badly and never sniffed the front and spent the entire race chasing a fast disappearing figure. I didn't have the best of days but it was good enough to hold my position despite dropping to third briefly when the Moulscomb park mountain, it went to the lowest point of the course to the highest, not quite your regular cross circuit. 

Pos No Name Cat Team Time
1 Sam Gardner Evans RT
2 Steven Price De Laune CC
3 Jon Sharpe Saucony/Evans
4 Mick Bell London Fire brigade 1st Veteran
5 Ben Lockwood GS Invicta
6 David Law Arctic RT
7 Brian Curtis Coridori
8 Andy Seltzer East Grinstead CC
9 Carl McDonagh Brixton Cycles
10 Neil Simpson London Phoenix

I started round 11 at Foots Cray meadow the following Friday but climbed off after 30 minutes, I started strongly and held second for 25 minutes until it all fell apart, Christmas had left me absolutely spent, families eh!

The next two rounds were cancelled/waterlogged which leaves two rounds and the next race more than two weeks away, 26 January - By which time I should have dispatched the Christmas blues. Unfortunately despite starting my cross campaign a little late and missing a couple of rounds I will not have a great overall standing but I can hold my head high knowing that this was my first cross season for three years and I loved it and it was my most successful.

I'm now 66th in the national rankings, not bad considering I have had only one national result.

Fourth report:

I finished 29th which I was very pleased , top 30 was my aim. The race was a complete mud fest with incessant rain which didn't stop until I was warm and dry that evening. This was my one and only trophy race of the year I quickly realised what a huge step up it is from the weekly London League jaunts, the speed was phenomenal in spite of the conditions. I now look forward to the national champs and take a lot of confidence from this result. If I can achieve top 20 in Birmingham I will be over the moon. , check out the link for the full report and a load more very muddy pics.

Last Sunday I finished 6th at the London league held at Hillingdon added to the win I gained at round 10 of the south west league. For what its worth I'm now racing up the national rankings from 194 the month before to joint 82.


Report from James Peckham. The Howard School, Rainham 4th rd of the national cyclo x series. Nick Craig 1st, Barry Clarke 2nd (points series winner), 3rd Matt Ellis, 4th Roger Hammond, Steve Price was lapped just short of the finish - he came in 29th

Not terribly good photos but shows the conditions nicely. It was not night but the conditions where dreadful, pea soup heavy rain etc. 

Third report:

Latest update from the cross world. Mosquito/Kinesis London League Cyclo-Cross Round 6

2nd, best result of the series so far and thoroughly pleased with myself. Having not visited Hillingdon for a very long while I was pleasantly pleased to find a great deal of sand had been laid around the perimeter and inner tracks making for a very fast and flowing course. 

As usual the wind was everpresent and gave you a reminder every time you came into the home straight. I crossed the line at the end of the first lap in 4th and could already see that there was a gap to first place but second and third stayed grouped. I bridged the gap to second and third and quickly dropped my company and continued what would be a race long chase to close the gap to 1st. Although I got the gap down to 10 sec at the half way point that was as close as it got as my rear tyre was slowly losing pressure. The gap was probably 30 sec at the finish, knackered but extremely pleased to get one over a couple of riders higher than me in the overall standings and £25 richer, can't be bad.

Next Sunday I will be lining up for the London and South East championships fingers crossed that the form holds. 

Until next week 


Second report:

Round four of the 2002/2003 Mosquito/Kinesis London Cyclo-Cross League held at The Howard School, Derwent Way, Rainham, Kent on 20 October 2000.

Rain was always close at hand, but it never really set in and the course remained in good condition with little mud plugging needed. Once the groove was set the riders were able to sustain fast laps, although if any got cocky they could find themselves losing it on the grass off-camber banks and turns.

A number of London League front runners were busy racing at the National Trophy round 2 at Cheltenham, which meant that others had an opportunity to shine.

The senior race saw a stirring fight between Matt Holmes (Arctic RT), Jon Sharpe (Saucony), Steven Price (De Laune) Warrick Spence (Bikepark), Matt Starey (Pearson Cycles), GS Invicta duo Ben Lockwood & Jon Lyons, and Phil Rayner (Halfords Bikehut).

Just a fraction back from the leading group was a line of riders that included Gary Hipwell (Rugby Velo), Anthony Muir (Wigmore CC), Rob Purcell and Ivan Jordan (Omega RT).

With a fast pace being set on the November National Trophy course, Holmes and Sharpe began to move away from the battle being conducted by Spence, Price, Starey and Lockwood.

As the race progressed Sharpe was unable to keep close contact with Holmes whilst gaps had developed between Price, Spence, Starey and Lockwood who was now falling back. It was tense stuff as 3rd, 4th and 5th spot tried to chase each other down. On one lap gains would be made, but on the next it would be lost.

Holmes crossed the line to win after 9 laps and just under a minute later Sharpe did the same. Price never gave up hope of catching Sharpe and was rewarded with 3rd with Spence a little while later, Spence making his cross debut was happy with his race and had learnt that its' best to spin rather that turn big gears. Starey was next up and Lockwood 6th.

Emma Wood (London Phoenix) rode away from team-mates Abigail Armstrong and Stevie Betts to win the women's category. Graham Parkin (Team 2000) was best Veteran.

Results -  Position Rider Name Club  Laps 
1 26 Matt Holmes Arctic RT 9 
2 3 Jon Sharpe Saucony 9 
3 40 Steven Price De Laune CC 9

First report:

From a personal view the race was only my second of the season and I'm beginning to find my legs and really pleased with the result, just gutted that I messed the sprint for fourth up.

Seniors A string of riders came through on the completion of lap 1 led by Stuart Blunt (Corridori) with Matt Holmes (Arctic RT), Mark Russell (VC Meudon), Ian Field (San Fairy Ann) Steven Price (De Laune), Steve Hamblin (Folkactive) and Mick Bell (London Fire Brigade) wheel to wheel.  Blunt was able to gain a slight lead until his chain became jammed in his rear wheel and as Blunt disentangled himself and trapped his thumb in the process, Holmes went away from the rest.  A hurried judgement would have declared Holmes the winner at this point as his lead looked like it would take him to victory, but Blunt was now back in the action and he set a string of very fast laps to catch and pass Holmes to win by over 30 seconds.  

The battle for 3rd was a classic, Mark Russell had crashed and was fighting to get back onto the wheels of Field, Price, Bell and Hamblin. As Russell began to catch the trio, first Hamblin fell off the pace and then Bell, leaving Price and Field to race tooth and nail to the line. Russell went past Bell and Hamblin to catch Price and Field, leaving both behind as he rode to 3rd.At the line it was Blunt, Holmes, Russell with a sprint settling 4th in favour of Field over Price. Next up was Bell who took the Vets race. Behind these riders there were more battles being keenly fought and the spectators were treated to plenty of last lap action.  Ian Field was top Junior and Abigail Armstrong (London Phoenix) was top woman after fighting to get her confidence back after crashing heavily at Eastway the previous day.

Results: Position Rider Name Club  Laps 
1 23 Stuart Blunt Corridori 12 
2 14 Matt Holmes Arctic RT 12 
3 4 Mark Russell VC Meudon 12 
4 131 Ian Field San Fairy Ann CC 12 
5 19 Steven Price De Laune CC 12 
6 31 Mick Bell London Fire Brigade 12 
7 26 Richard Masters Wigmore CC 12 
8 2 Steve Hambling Activ Folkestone 11 
9 159 Carl McDonagh Brixton Cycles 11 
10 5 Mark Burden London Phoenix 11

Weekend 10/11 February 2001

The De Laune Team - James Peckham, Ross Fryer, Cliff Steele & James Lyon were 2nd overall in the London Cyclo-Cross Assn Team event at Eastway this morning. James P had an outstanding ride and finished 2nd behind Chris Remnant of VC Meudon, despite putting his excuses in early that he was on antibiotics from flu. Ross put in a good solid ride to finish 11th, and Cliff was not far behind, with a meritable ride. James Lyon had recovered strongly from a bad start, but was eventually forced to pull out with knee trouble.

The winners were a team from new club London Phoenix CC, based in Brixton.

Nick Kinsey continued his domination of the Thanet bi-athlon winning for the fourth year running.

13 January 2001- Nick Kinsey takes Bronze Medal in the Veterans National Cyclo-Cross Championships.

29 October 2000 - De Laune CC 111th Anniversary Open London Cyclo-Cross Championship & Brixton Cycles Under-12s Festival

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