Mark defends his title

PUBLISHED: 17:07 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

TAKING advantage of an oxygen-charged evening, defending champion Mark Ashurst took his second successive victory in the Weston Wheelers midweek

TAKING advantage of an oxygen-charged evening, defending champion Mark Ashurst took his second successive victory in the Weston Wheelers midweek 10-mile club championship.Ashurst crossed the chequered flag with a personal best 21.25 for the distance, a speed topping 28mph, on the Cross-East Brent course.With winds that had plagued riders the previous week dying down, rain during the day ensured there was plenty oxygen in the air and a damp road resulted in fast times.Kieran Ward (23.16) and Kiera Thorpe (26.06) produced personal best times in the event.Fastest visiting rider was Northover Vets' John Wynn (21.32), who conceded defeat for the first time to high-flying Ashurst.Other Weston riders: R Heathcote (24.37); R Harrison (25.25); S Chmiewliski (25.28); J Eddy (26.21); B Driffill (27.11); P Pearce (28.53); J Laband (29.54); S Holland (31.32). Ashurst's win gives him overall victory in the season-long club championship, two points ahead of Kieran Ward with Rob Heathcote third on 15 and Steve Chmiewliski and Rich Harrison sharing fourth spot on 12 points.The weekend saw Wheelers' winter signing Wayne Baker produce a six-year best time for the 10-mile distance when he took 12th spot in the Andover Wheelers 10-mile time trail. More than 100 riders competed in the event.On Monday he travels to Bury St Edmunds to compete in the second round of the season-long National Tricycle Criterium Championship at Ixworth.

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