|NATIONAL 80km Madison Championship|
STOCKTON Wheeler Paul Curran and Guisborough rider Stuart Morris of the Dinnington RC-Universal are the new British Madison champions, claiming the title on the last day of the British Cycling Federation's national championships at Leicester's Saffron Lane track.
For Morris and Curran it was their first national senior title although both have had previous successes in the championships, the Guisborough man having held the national junior pursuit title while Curran, who has twice represented Great Britain this season, has had medals in the junior pursuit and kilometre time trial.
The result of the Madison, cut from its normal 80 kilometres to 50 kilometres because of the rain which had severely interrupted the nine-day championships, almost became an all Cleveland affair as former title holders Middlesbrough's Gary Cresswell and his Manchester Wheeler-Trumann Steel clubmate Hugh Cameron teamed up to add the silver to the numerous medals they have taken in the event in recent years while another Middlesbrough member of the Dinnington RC, Richard Stevely and Stockton Wheeler Hilton McMurdo rode into fourth place just missing a chance at the bronze medal.
Winning by a clear five points Morris and Curran had the title within their grasp three-quarters of the way through the race clinching their claim to the gold medal without contesting the double points on the final leg.
1. Paul Curran (Stockton Whs), Stuart Morris (Dinnington
2. Gary Cresswell, Hugh Cameron (Manchester Whs)
4. Hilton McMurdo (Stockton Whs), Richard Stevely (Dinnington RC)