Racing to the finish for Ely and District Cycling Club

PUBLISHED: 11:16 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 14 August 2018

Darran Bennett of Ely Cyclling Club racing on the E2/10 course. PHOTO: Davey Jones

Darran Bennett of Ely Cyclling Club racing on the E2/10 course. PHOTO: Davey Jones

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A mixture of road and off-road racing was enjoyed by members of the Ely and District Cycling Club.

Derek Ricketts of Ely Cyclling Club races to 7th place on the VTTA 10 race. PHOTO: Dominic AustinDerek Ricketts of Ely Cyclling Club races to 7th place on the VTTA 10 race. PHOTO: Dominic Austin

Five members turned up to race at the ECCA event held on the E2/10 course near Newmarket, with Darran Bennett once again proving to be the fastest Ely rider on the day with a time of 20:42.

Second fastest was John Manlow with a time of 22:25, just beating Steve Peck who finished with a time of 22:29.

Will Shepherd was close behind with a time of 22:39, and Alison Fox stopped the clock on 26:11.

While those five were racing near Newmarket, Derek Ricketts was racing on the B10/43 course near Bungay in the East Anglia VTTA race.

Martin Holland of Ely Cyclling Club keeping ahead of Paul Harbinson to finish 18th in the Mud, Sweat and Gears race. PHOTO: Basil ThorntonMartin Holland of Ely Cyclling Club keeping ahead of Paul Harbinson to finish 18th in the Mud, Sweat and Gears race. PHOTO: Basil Thornton

Ricketts finished the 10 mile course in a time of 23:16 to give him seventh place overall on the day.

On Sunday, eight club members took part in the 7th round of the Mud Sweat & Gears Eastern MTB series at Radical Bikes near Chelmsford.

The Under 12s and open races saw two pairs of father and son racers, with Ollie Sinden finishing 19th in the Under 12s and father Mark Sinden finishing 54th in the Open race, while Charlie Fleet was 22nd in the Under 12s and Gary Fleet 35th in the open race.

Mathew Eley and Mikie Burrell were again racing in the Sport race, with Eley finishing in 4th place and Burrell in 15th.

Darran Bennett of Ely Cyclling Club racing on the E2/10 course. PHOTO: Davey JonesDarran Bennett of Ely Cyclling Club racing on the E2/10 course. PHOTO: Davey Jones

In the Grant Vets category Martin Holland finished one place ahead of team-mate Paul Harbinson in 18th.

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