Regional cyclo-cross champs round-up

Brother and sister pairing Tom and Annie Last were both left celebrating victory in the Midland Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships in Leicester on Sunday.

The pair, from near Bakewell in Derbyshire, both secured close victories in the race at Beaumont Leys Leisure Centre.

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Tom won the senior men’s race by 24 seconds from rival Dave Collins (Hope Factory Racing), while the final podium spot went to Isla Bikes’ Tom Payton, 35 seconds off the pace.

And Annie Last, perhaps better known as a Team GB Olympic MTB rider, secured the women’s title for the Milka Brentjens team with victory by eight seconds from World junior road race champion Lucy Garner (Node 4-Giordana).

Elsewhere, National Trophy leader Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) secured the North of England title in convincing style, crossing the line almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Endura Racing’s Ian Bibby took second, while Cestria Cycles’ Adam Martin was third. The women’s title in the North went to Becky Preece (Red Rose Olympic), who held off Nikola Butler (Pedalsport CC) for the win.

National Under-23 champion Steve James (Hargroves Cycles) secured victory in the South of England Championships at Basingstoke.

Currently battling for the National Trophy Series under-23 title, James took the win on Sunday by just one second from Pedal On rival Adrian Lansley, while John Whittington, the CNP Orbea rider and prolific Western League winner, was another 18 seconds back in third.

In the East and South East Championships, Taylor Johnstone (De Ver Cycles) secured victory, the 19-year-old Londoner winning by 42 seconds from Alex Paton (GWB-Activ), while Matt Webber (Hackney GT) was 25 seconds further back in third.

Lee Williams successfully defended his Welsh Champion title at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, where he lapped all but one of his rivals.

The Scottish Championship was postponed because of ice on the course, but looks set to be re-run in January.

In time trialling, Scott Burns (Manchester Wheelers) proved fastest in the Manchester and District TTA 10-mile Christmas event at Byley in Cheshire.

He clocked 23-01 to take the win by 50 seconds ahead of Weaver Valley CC veteran and event organiser Dave Fearon.