Heanor Clarion’s Fran Chatto finishes third

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Heanor Clarion’s Fran Chatto came third in the U16 race in the final round of the SRAM NDCXL season took place this weekend at Broxtowe Country Park.

She came in behind the Derby pairing of Xan Cress and Isabelle Boon.

In the U12s, the familiar lead pairing of Ben Chilton (Derby Mercury) and Joshua Giddings (Heanor Clarion) were forced to settle for second and third respectively after a strong winning performance from Leicester Road Club’s Kieran Riley.

The Women’s race saw victory from Empella’s Kate George, who showed her league-winning form to hold off a strong challenge from Maddie Smith (Bolsover & District CC).

Smith took second overall, and the Veteran Women win. Zepnat’s Marianne Heffron rode to a season-best performance in third overall and second Veteran. Third Veteran Woman was Louise Wainwright (Matlock CC)

In the Senior Men’s race Fossa Racing’s Lee Shunburne demonstrated his love of adverse conditions once again to take victory, over a minute ahead of his team mate Gavin Hardwick.

Hardwick’s second place didn’t come easy however, as he spend the race fending off challenges from Gareth Whittall (Zepnat). Whitthall rode a strong last lap and closed the gap on Hardwick, but in the final uphill sprint just couldn’t overtake the Fossa rider.