MATCH REPORT: 4 Club champions crowned by Hethersett

HETHERSETT HAWKS / YELLOW BRICK MORTGAGES staged four Club Championships in rare autumn sunshine on a drying track after overnight flooding. The first-ever Under 8 Championship attracted seven entrants and all had moments for their parents to cheer. Luca El Labany completed the Under-8 / Under-10 double by putting together four immaculate rides. He was pushed in both their meetings by Max Pugh who also did one pass to secure second place overall. A race-off was required for third place and Henry Adderson passed Oliver Silvester in fine style to win.

Scores – Luca El Labany 16, Max Pugh 14, Henry Adderson 11, Oliver Silvester 11, Benedict Koehler 6, Ronnie Harding 6, Ralph Silvester 6.

The Under-13s was won comfortably by Mason Martin but the younger riders put on a great show with lots of passing. A race-off was required to decide the minor places and William Clarke just held out against a stiff challenge from Aiesha Musa right to the line. Most impressive was Thalia Silver who produced three passes in her rides.

Scores – Mason Martin 16, William Clarke 13, Aiesha Musa 13, Lola Martin 9, Thalia Silver 9, Jamal Musa 5, Matthew Sidell 4

Experienced Paul Delaiche was expected to have little difficulty in winning the Under-19s but Mason Martin surprised him in their second race, leading him from the start and Paul falling when trying to pass. Mason led from the start in their fifth race but this time Paul did pass cleanly so ensured he won the title. There was a third Club Championship trophy for William Clarke.

Scores – Paul Delaiche 22, Mason Martin 18, William Clarke 14

Two Mums took to the track in the Veterans category after only sampling racing 24 hours earlier and they had quite a fun battle. albeit well behind the main contenders. Holder Dave Martin retained his title but he did have a physical battle with Nigel Longlands in every race. Jo Silver matched her daughter’s passing skills to take the third spot on the podium.

Scores – Dave Martin 16, Nigel Longlands 12, Jo Silver 8, Anna Clarke 4

An entertaining afternoon with all trophies provided by Yellow Brick Mortgages, which leaves the curtain to come down on a strange but rewarding season next Sunday with the Maiden Plate at 2 p.m. – for riders who have never won any of the Club Championships.