Robert takes memorial ride

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ROBERT Hassan had a little more in his legs than the two other members of the lead group as he sprinted to win the Sam Walton Border Trophy.

The 86-mile road race, which starts and finishes in Netherwitton, was keenly contested and in the closing stages there were three riders left to challenge for the top prize. Endura rider Hassan edged ahead of Kit Gilham (Sigmasport) who had to settle for second. Alastair Kay of Herbalife was third.

The rest of the top 10 was as follows: 4th Chris Mark (Velo 29) @ 13sec, 5th Gary Hand (Endura) @ st, 6th Daniel Smith (Velo 29) @ st, 7th Colin Humphrey (Team Sportscover) @ 24secs, 8th Ian Taylor (Herbalife) @ 36sec, 9th Matthew Robinson (All Terrain Cycles) @ 3min 06 sec, 10th Andrew Hawdon (Herbalife) @ 5mins 11secs.

The Barnesbury Cycling Club event is held as a memorial to former club rider Sam Walton, who tragically died in a motorcycling accident in July 2000.

As well as Netherwitton, the course also includes Longwitton, Scots Gap, Hartburn, Cambo, Dyke Neuk, Mitford, Pigdon, Forestburn Gate and Elsdon.