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13 in a row as Colchester cyclists beat runners in annual festive race

Event took place at Friday Woods on Boxing Day

Last week we reported how cyclists in Irvine, North Ayrshire, had continued their dominance in an annual race against runners – and way south of the border, in Colchester, Essex, bike riders are also celebrating a similar victory, for the 13th year in a row.

In all, 130 people took part in the Boxing Day challenge, which pitched people on two wheels against those on two legs on a cross-country course.

It was held at Friday Woods, with individual honours going to 16-year-old cyclist James Jackson, a student at Colchester Sixth Form College, reports EADT24.

Finishing the three laps of a 1.5 mile circuit in 20 minutes 54 seconds, he is the youngest person to have ever win the race. Past champions Ben Paton was second, 1 minute 8 seconds behind, and another former winner, Ivor Burch, third a further 44 seconds back.

Cyclists took the first seven places, with the first runner home being Robert Malseed, also a past winner, in 23 minutes 49 seconds.

A runner triumphed in the women’s race, held over two laps and won by Emma Burgess in 18 minutes 19 seconds, while the under 14/15 one-lap race saw runner Aidan Cahill triumph in 10 minutes dead.

The under-11-13 race, first held in 2013 and comprising two laps of a 900 metre circuit, was won by cyclist Dexter Mansel-Thomas in 6 minutes 3 seconds.

Officials and marshals were supplied by Colchester & Tendring Athletic Club, Colchester Rovers Cycling Club, Great Bentley Running Club and Colchester Harriers.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Chris James | 9 years ago

Denby Dale Travellers also do a runner vs bike competition around New Year. And there is a cyclists vs harriers each year run by Bingley harriers.

darrenleroy | 9 years ago

This sounds like it's weighted too much in favour of the cyclists.

allgearnoidea replied to darrenleroy | 9 years ago

how can a running competition be weighted too much in favour of a cyclist?  7

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