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NATIONAL 80km Madison Championship

Curran and Cameron in final glory

IN A THRILLING finale to the British Track championships at Leicester, Stockton Wheeler Paul Curran and former local rider Hugh Cameron of Manchester Wheelers retained their national 80 kilometre Madison title.

They beat West Croydon's Glen Mitchell and team Haverhill's Gerry Taylor by a margin of two points.

In the fastest championship Madison on record, Curran and Cameron, who had already collected medals earlier in the championship, had a race-long battle with the eventual silver medalists.

Another local rider, Middridge CRT's Hilton McMurdo teamed up with Manchester Wheeler Denis Lightfoot, missing the medals by just one place after a do-or-die effort with 20 laps left, almost upset the established leaders when they got within three yards of gaining a complete lap on the field.

Curran's other successes began in the 4,000 metre individual pursuits, when he took the silver medal behind Shaun Wallace of Nottingham, achieving his best-ever national performance in the event in which he had been Cleveland champion for four years.

Although he lost his national points title, Curran did take the silver medal.


National 80km Madison Championship

1. Paul Curran (Stockton Wh), Hugh Cameron (Manchester Wh)
2. Glen Mitchell (West Croydon), Gerry Taylor (Team Haverhill)

National 4,000m Individual Pursuit Championship

1. Shaun Wallace (Nottingham)
2. Paul Curran (Stockton Wh)

National 50km Points Race Championship

1. Glen Mitchell (West Croydon)
2. Paul Curran (Stockton Wh)