MS & G Regional Champs & Round 4, Hadleigh Farm

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BY: Paul Sanwell

Published: 12th May, 2015

Before the London Olympics one of the catch words banded about was "Legacy".

For anyone in doubt it has materialised I suggest a visit to Hadleigh Farm, the site of the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike course.

The land which is leased from the Salvation Army by Essex County Council has been transformed from a Two Day sport spectacular into a fantastic, lasting facility that must be the envy of countries let alone counties.

Hat's off to those on the council and all those others that backed and worked on the scheme, seeing it through to the shining example it is today.

Which brings me nicely to the reason of this photo-report, Round 4 of the MS & G EASTERN REGION MTB XC SERIES 2015.

Truly something for everyone, this event caters for the Elite competitors and thrill seekers through to the budding future world champions that just happen to be under nine.

The spectators too can breath in the atmosphere, with excellent viewing positions and the ghost's of Olympic sporting excellence still on the wind.

Up for grabs along with series points, the Eastern Regional Championship categories.

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Elite/Expert Female Regional winner, Laura Sampson - Sussed Out Suspension, Laura also took max Rnd 4 points.

Elite/Expert Female, Melanie Paddington - EHF Velopro, here taking the bell, completed 4 laps and was second in the Regional and Rnd4 points

Elite/Expert Female, Alex Nichol - Iceni Velo positioned 3rd in both the Regional and Rnd4 points

Elite/Expert Male Regional winner and second in Rnd 4, Richard Dunnett - TORQ Performance.

Elite/Expert Male, Richard Jones - Renvale RT, takes the chequered flag, winning Rnd4

Andrew Cockburn - Newdales Cycles RT, recorded 3rd place in both the Elite/Expert Male Regional and Rnd4.

Jason Bouttell -  was given a 5 minute time penalty by the commissaires for an infringement, knocking him back to fourth in the Elite/Expert Male, Rnd4.

Junior Male winner in both Regional & Rnd4, Paddy Atkinson - Bikesoup Test Team.

Veteran Male class, No. 582 Anthony White - Royal Dean Forest CC & Nick Ainsworth No. 250 kept their placing for the Rnd4 flag. Nick placed 2nd in the Regional Champs.

Sport Male, Clay Davies recorded third in both Regional Champs & Rnd4 with only 1:55 mins, between third & first place after 6 laps.

Elite/Expert Male, Paul Flynn - Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club, away from the crowd. Paul finished in the top ten.

 Sport Male class, Robert Milton - Hackney GT,

Sport Male, Garry Hurst

Youth Male, George Crocombe - Hadleigh MTB Club, on home turf for Rnd4

Elite/Expert Male, Nick Drew - Dyson Cycles, getting air.

Youth Female, Sophie Wright - Strada-Sport, winner of the Regional & Rnd 4 categories. A star rider in the making judging by her times.

Under 12 Boys, Alex Dale - Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club, Regional & Rnd 4 category winner.

Hardcore, no brakes, pedals or gears.

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