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Juniors and ladies race for glory.

Byline: CYCLE SPEEDWAY Steve Hodgkinson

MONARCHS' youngsters and ladies took part in competitions over the weekend, the juniors at Wednesfield in the BYJL while the ladies rode at our Perry Hall Playing Fields track.

The final round of the Nationals junior competition took place at Ashmore Park on Saturday.

Connor Steel was in the running for third place in the U10s. He made the A final but came in fourth, meaning he was still only a few points away from a place on the Nationals rostrum.

Ryan and Billy Winwood rode in the U12s and both had solid meetings, making the B final, won by Billy - a tape exclusion costing him a possible place in the A final.

Marc Phipps rode in the U14s but found the competition too strong and a poor draw saw him face the strongest opposition in all his heats.

Five points was his reward but he failed to make the finals stages.

Emily Pitt made the B final and finished fourth while Sammi Marsh came second in the B final.

On Sunday we hosted the final round of the women's league with two competitions at stake.

The Midlands raced against the South in the final with the Midlands triumphing with some excellent team racing to take victory 74-46.

Pitt raced to seven points, which included a win in her final ride, while Marsh opened with a victory to score eight points.

The third place in the team event was also sorted with the East beating the North 56-55. Natalie Timms guested for the East scoring nine points.

In the individual competition, victory in the seniors went to Exeter's Lauren Hookway, who beat ladies world champion Vicky Brown, while in the intermediates, victory went to the unbeaten Lizzy Rigley, of Leicester. Marsh took second while Pitt came third - her first rostrum place of the year.

Over the four rounds the senior champion was Hookway while intermediate champion was Ipswich rider Chloe Pierce. Marsh finished runner-up.

This Saturday the veterans head to East Park in Wolverhampton for round eight of the Eurovets series.

Birmingham riders lead all age groups so they will be looking to extend their leads going into the final round in Bury.

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