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Siblings show Iron will in Rossendale event
BROTHER and sister Gary and Jane Daniels dominated the inaugural National Iron Man Hard Enduro held at Lee Dell, Rossendale.
The Wigan-based pair won the experts and ladies categories in the two-and-a-half hour endurance bike race, organised by Rideoffroad UK.
Organiser Wayne Braybrook and his team laid out a demanding course at the Lee Dell complex on the border of Rossendale and Roch-dale.
Using the terrain’s natural haz-ards, which included steep descents, a ruined old mill and a stream, competitors tackled different routes for different levels of riders, And despite the conditions proving difficult in the later stages, the race lived up to its Iron Man title by running for the full two-and-a-half hours.
Gary Daniels scored an emphatic victory in the experts class, clocking up 16 laps in the allotted time, two laps more than runner-up John Steeples and third-placed Zac Sherwin.
But the performance of the day went to Daniels’ sister Jane, a regular competitor in the World Enduro Championship.
She blitzed the opposition in the ladies’ class, finishing an aston-ishing seven laps ahead of her nearest rival, Hannah Styles. Her lap tally of 15 was good enough to place her third overall, behind her brother and sportsman’s class winner Mick Boam.
In the youth class, Accrington youngster Brandon Sharples – a regular competitor in north west trials and enduro meetings – overcame exhaustion on the final lap to finish a well-deserved second in the youth category.
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