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NATIONAL 80km Madison Championship

Curran's finale

PAUL CURRAN, Stockton Wheelers, ended the national championships as he started them - winning a distance event. After his win in the 50 kilometres points race, he teamed up with Manchester Wheelers-Trumanns Steel rider Hugh Cameron to win the final even of the championships, the 80-kilometre Madison.

It was both riders' second success in the event. In 1978 Cameron won with Gary Cresswell, Teesside Clarion, and last year Curran won the title with Stuart Morris, Dinnington RC.

Cameron has been in the first three every year since 1975. The winning pair dominated the race, taking part in 15 of the 16 sprints and winning eight of them. They also lapped the entire field except runners-up Terry Fantham and Steve Gowar South Western RC, who finished with six points compared with the 36 that Curran and Cameron knotched up.

In third place were Manchester Wheelers pair Terry Tinsley and Paul Rayner, at one-lap with 27 points.


1. Hugh Cameron, Manchester Wh - Paul Curran, Stockton Wh, 36pts
2. T. Fantham - S. Gowar, South Western RC, 6pts
3. T. Tinsley - P. Rayner, Manchester , 27pts at 1-lap
4. D. Lightfoot - K. Gray, Manchester Wh, 13pts at 1-lap
5. C & P. Parkinson, South Western RC 3pts at 2-laps
6. D. Mayes - G. Rowland, VC d'Or, 12pts at 3-laps.