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SLIDESHOW: Jason Seabridge stars at Mercia Cycling Club presentation evening

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

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JASON Seabridge claimed nine awards for the second year running at Mercia Cycling Club’s annual presentation evening at Egginton Memorial Hall.

Seabridge was named senior time trial best all-rounder, as well as claiming gongs for coming first in the 100-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile Club Championship time trials, in which he also recorded the fastest times, a feat matched in the 30-mile time trial – and was also crowned first senior in the evening club 10-mile time trials.

In addition to this monster haul, Seabridge broke club records at 50, 30 and 25 miles with times of 1 hour, 47 minutes, 1:25.55 and 51.42 respectively.

If Seabridge was the undisputed king of the awards night, his queen was surely Lauren Sleigh, who lugged five awards away from the evening.

Sleigh was named ladies hill climb champion for the fourth year in a row, while she was also both the juvenile time trial best all-rounder and first lady in the evening club 10s for the third year running.

She rounded off her haul with the juvenile evening club 10s and juvenile club runs honours.

The Waters family were also to the forefront of the roll of honour again.

Youngster Bailey Waters was named juvenile cyclo cross champion, a title he inherited from brother Joshua, who has enjoyed a fantastic season and was crowned juvenile road race champion for the second successive year, and for the fourth time in the last six years.

Their grandfather, Adrian Waters, was senior cyclo cross champion, a title which son Justin won four years in a row between 2008 and 2011.

Sean Sleigh also kept it in the family by picking up two medals to add to Lauren’s five, as he was first in the anniversary championship for hill climbing and free-wheeling – the fourth year in a row he has won that award – as well as being crowned senior hill climb champion for the first time since 2010.

Sean was also second in the club 25-mile championship time trial and third in the 50-mile time trial.

Jack Hugill also claimed two awards, as he retained his title as open 10-mile time trial champion, and reclaimed the veterans time trial best all-rounder honour, a title he won in 2010 and 2011.

Hugill was also second in the club 100-mile championship time trial, second in the 50-mile and third fastest in the club 50-mile championship time trial.

Anne Staley retained both of her awards from 2012 as she claimed the honours in the ladies club runs and ladies best all-rounder categories.

Staley was also awarded a club record medal for recording a time of 1:19.33 at 30 miles.

Ben Startin wrenched the age standard evening club 10s award from Tony Marlow, who had won it four years in a row, and was also third fastest in the club 100-mile championship time trial.

Elsewhere, Matt Dewis was named senior mountain bike champion, Jake Kelly-Walley was juvenile hill climb champion, Kieron Patterson won the senior club runs and Mick Abbott was first on handicap in the club 25-mile championship time trial.

Andy Stewart was first on handicap in the evening club 10s, with Jeff Slinn third.

Nigel Finch was named as most improved rider.

Andy Burton was second on handicap in the evening club 10s, Clive Walker was roller racing champion, Abbey Norman was ladies road race champion and Christian Aucote was crowned senior road race champion for the third year in a row.

Handing out the awards was John Taylor of Born to Bike Cycling Club, who attended with his wife Elizabeth.

Taylor is involved with the organisational side of cycling and has also written definitive guides on the Land’s End to John O’Groats record rides and 24-hour racing.

He still holds several UK place-to-place records from his time as a prolific record breaker.

Elsewhere, despite a strong south-westerly wind, more than 100 cyclists – 30 from Mercia – rode in the 100 and 50-kilometre reliability trials, starting at the National Forestry Centre in Rosliston.

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