Rising star Cox continues to impress

Ian Cox

Ian Cox

First published in Sport by , Cycling correspondent

IT has been another good week for Darwen’s Ian Cox who was winner of his own North Lancashire Road Club 10 mile on the Sawley section of the A59 and then took a very good second place in the Border City Wheelers 25 mile at Keswick.

In the midweek 10 mile Cox clocked 21 minutes 14 seconds for fastest followed by one of the rising stars of the sport in our area.

Mark Haydock of the same club who was only eight seconds adrift in 21mins 22secs. In third came course record holder Ian Stott of Blackburn and District CTC with 21mins 39secs while Fraser Snape of the promoting club was just two seconds behind in 21mins 41secs in a field of 36 riders.

Cox then took an excellent second in Cumbria clocking 52 minutes 24 seconds to finish 64 seconds behind winner John Morgan of Preston Wheelers.

Burnley’s on-form Mick Ellerton of Team Swift won the Liverpool Century 10 mile at Rainford in 21mins 20secs in very wet conditions.

At Hapton the Rossendale Road Club 10 mile attracted 26 riders with the fastest being their own Nick Cooper in a time of 24 minutes 43 seconds.

Second was visitor Andy Horner of Bury Clarion in 25mins 1sec with Damian Ludlow third in 25mins 5secs and Roy Flanagan fourth in 25mins 24secs.

The Pendle Forest promote a 10 mile from Thornton-in-Craven tonight. There will be another event next Thursday as planned.

The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC) road race on the longer Bashall Eaves circuit went off successfully with event organiser Dave Hargreaves of Blackburn taking second in the 65 to 69 category.

Blackburn’s ex-pro Karl Smith, making a veterans’ comeback, took sixth in the 45 to 49 age group while Jane Nolan of Clitheroe’s Green Jersey RT stayed with most of the men in her group over four laps of the punishing 11 mile circuit.

The final Lakes and Lancs Sporting Courses (SPOCO) event of the series now takes place on Sunday, June 29, at 4pm instead of Saturday, July 5. The event is one lap of the Bolton-by-Bowland circuit promoted by the Rossendale Road Club.

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