Mark edges closer to title

PUBLISHED: 10:03 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

Rich Harrison.

Rich Harrison.

CHALKING up his 15th win of the year, fastman Mark Ashurst edged closer to retaining the Weston Wheelers' midweek 10-mile championship

CHALKING up his 15th win of the year, fastman Mark Ashurst edged closer to retaining the Weston Wheelers' midweek 10-mile championship.Ashurst, who runs a car body repair shop, polished off the opposition, showing a clean pair of wheels as he hurtled round the Cross-Brent Knoll course at an average speed of just over 27mph.Despite a tough headwind start, he completed the test in 22.11 with the man leading the challenge for the midweek championship, Steve Chmiewliski, completing the course in 23.35.Third-fastest was Rich Harrison (23.39), who finished 10 seconds ahead of Chris Gough, with Rob Heathcote following up with 24.05. Despite the tough going Paul Burns managed to produce a personal best 24.28, averaging 24.5mph.Other finishers: M Dell 24.16; C Ashurst 24.22; N Williams 24:28; S Summerhayes 24.59; K Thorpe 25.31; M. Kurpyta 28.53. With just two events remaining, Mark Ashurst (150) is firm favourite to retain the midweek title, although it is still mathematical possible for Steve Chmiewliski (138) to snatch the title. Third place in the championship has been secured by Rich Harrison who is the third rider to have topped the century mark with 107 points.For further details, please log on to

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