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Cross: The Butler does it on ‘old school’ Croydon course

London League Round 11
Location: Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre, Croydon
Event: 15 December 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Photo: John Mullineaux

Taking advantage of punctures for two of his leading rivals, Michael Butler (Activ Cycles Folkestone) secured his second London League victory of the season on an ‘old school’ course at Frylands Wood last used some 15 to 20 years ago.

Series leader Matt Holmes (Arctic Premier RT) punctured twice to drop away for the leading group, leaving Jack Finch (PMR@Toachim House) to set the tempo for the majority of the race before he too punctured which saw 22-year-old Butler, from Dover, take over at the front with two laps to go on a testing, technical course which became more difficult in the rain as the day went on.

Victory consolidated Butler’s overall second place, while Finch recovered to take second on the day ahead of Dan Drake (VC Deal).

Junior Joe Sutton (PMR@Toachim House) led the field home in the race for juniors and veterans ahead of Mark Smith, who headed a clean sweep of the top three places for Crawley Wheelers in a keenly-contested tussle for the over-40 honours.

George Finch (PMR@Toachim House) came out on top in the youth race, taking over the lead when Martin Blackman (Sutton CC) suffered a wheel problem.


1 Michael Butler (Activ Cycles Folkestone)
2 Jack Finch (PMR@Toachim House)
3 Dan Drake (VC Deal)
4 James Waddington (Dulwich Paragon CC)
5 Andy Taylor (Jedi Cycle Sport)
6 Jonathan Dennis (Controc CC)
7 Russell Short (London Dynamo)
8 Dan Braid (Team Corridori)

1 Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers)
2 George Higgs (Crawley Wheelers)
3 Stuart Nisbett (Crawley Wheelers)

1 Joe Sutton (PMR@Toachim House)
2 James Flury (Vicious Velo)

1 Sophia Joy (PMR@Toachim House)
2 Alice Miller (Look Mum No Hands)

1 George Finch (PMR@Toachim House)

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