2009 Round 7 Margam Park
Yet again the weather failed to deter as 105 riders braved the wind and rain and made it a record turn-out for a Margam ‘cross, rewarding organizer Tim Raine and his helpers from Ogmore Valley Wheelers who had spent most of Saturday marking out the course in heavy rain. Strong winds meant some re-taping, but the course, although waterlogged, held up well.
Well done to all the U12s who were tested not only by the conditions but by some tricky sections on their course; while the leading riders successfully rode them, some tight bends had many off their bikes and running. Again, it was Teifion Best who led from start to finish, but this time it was team-mate Ben Beckingsale who was trying to chase him down; 1st U12 Girl Jessica Roberts finished 3rd. And again it was a sprint finish in the U10s; a three-up this time though as Huw Higgins-Worrall joined the usual duo of Megan James and Joe Beckingsale in a dash for the line. But this time Megan held on to her lead, punching the air as she crossed the line.
There was another impressive performance from William Worrall in the Youth race while the contest behind him was between Matthew Thompson, Adam King and Owen James. First James, then Thompson, then King led the chasing group but finally it was King who took 2nd place ahead of Thompson, with James dropping back on the last lap. U14 Boy Sam Beckingsale rode strongly to finish 6th with Rebecca Hunt (1st U16 Girl) continuing to find her form and holding on to 7th after a race-long tussle with Ben Dunster; Ffion James was 1st U14 Girl.
It did not take Lee Williams long to stamp his authority on the Senior race despite a tumble while attempting to ride a particularly steep slope. By the end of the 3rd lap he had opened up a substantial gap to the chasing group of Ian Jeremiah, Mark James, Mark Davies and Jonathan Pugh. The group subsequently split with Jeremiah in 2nd and James battling with Pugh for 3rd. Jeremiah held on to 2nd and 1st Veteran 3 minutes behind Williams and James was 3rd. Sam Anstice was 1st Junior and Serena Wood 1st Woman.