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Inclement conditions held off long enough for Hannah Farran and Nick Spencer to climb to victory in the Houghton CC hill-climb on Quarrington Hill near Durham on Sunday.
Nick Spencer (Blumilk.com) captured another Houghton CC hill-climb title after victory back in 2017.
Despite going slower than in his previous win two years ago, Spencer’s time of 2-00 was all that was needed to secure a second victory in 2019, and a second in his last three events on record.
“This is one of my favourite hill climbs of the year, because it’s short and steep – the shorter and steeper the better for me! I always find the opening hill climb of the season a nightmare up here as it’s rolling – this one I really love and look forward to every year, so of course the week I get sick, happened to be this one!
“I’m delighted to get the win if not a little bit disappointed to dip under the two-minute mark. The last time I rode I think I did a 1-52 something, so I would like to break 1-50 but today wasn’t to be the day. My last event is next weekend’s Muckle CC hill climb, so looking to do well in that one” said Spencer.
The 40-year-old beat Wilson-Jay Brown (PM Racing UK) who finished second in 2-02.8 while Jamie Johnson (Barnesbury CC) was third.
Hannah Farran (Team Boompods) topped the women’s category thanks to a time of 2-34.6, finishing four seconds ahead of second placed Sarah Wilkinson (Blaydon CC).
“I’m really pleased with today’s ride” said Hannah after the event.
“I enjoy the short sharp climbs so this course really suited me. I paced it well and the heavy rain just about held off for everyone, thankfully. Happy to take the win!” she continued.
Sarah Wilkinson clocked a time of 2-38.9. while Angela McGurk (Blaydon CC) was third in 3-19.8.
Archie Murdoch (Racing Metro 15) finished with an impressive time of 2-21.2 to finish as top juvenile and inside the overall top 10 in eight.
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Position Name Club Gender Category Time
1 Nick Spencer Blumilk.Com Male Vet 2-00.0
2 Wilson-Jay Brown PM Racing UK Male Senior 2-02.8
3 Jamie Johnson Barnesbury CC Male Senior 2-04.2
4 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 2-08.8
5 Stuart Matthews Infinity Cycles - Cube Store Cycling Team Male Senior 2-11.8
5 Michael Harcourt Team Bikestop Tyrekey Male Senior 2-11.8
7 Arne Beswick Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles Male Senior 2-12.0
8 Archie Murdoch Racing Metro 15 Male Juvenile 2-21.2
9 Joe Stringer Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 2-21.8
10 Mark Snape Fietsen Tempo Male Vet 2-22.6
11 Sam Leng AIMS Cycling Male Senior 2-29.6
12 Hannah Farran Team Boompods Female Senior 2-34.6
13 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Vet 2-38.9
14 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. Male Vet 2-43.6
15 Euan Dinning Gosforth RC Male Juvenile 2-45.4
16 Anthony Burrell Houghton CC Male Vet 2-53.0
17 Ian Clark Backyard Bootleggers Male Espoir 3-07.8
18 Angela Mcgurk Blaydon CC Female Senior 3-19.8
19 Joe Mcmillan Blaydon CC Male Vet 3-38.6