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Lybster's John sprints to glory in record time


By SPP Reporter

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John Paul was half a second quicker than his nearest competitor during the race at Newcastle Under-Lyme.
John Paul was half a second quicker than his nearest competitor during the race at Newcastle Under-Lyme.

LOCAL cyclist John Paul was in racing action at the weekend in the second round of the National Senior Sprint League Series at Newcastle Under-Lyme.

The teenager, who is originally from Lybster but now lives in Oxfordshire, won the Brian Rourke sprint title.

John (18) is the current National Senior Sprint League champion and, with his second win in as many weeks, leads the series and looks on course to retain the title he won last year.

The weather was not too kind in Newcastle Under-Lyme, with quite cold and blustery conditions and frequent rain showers delaying the start of racing.

However, once it started, first up was the flying 200m TT qualifying round where John set a new track record – 11.07 secs – and was half a second quicker than his nearest competitor, which was quite impressive given the weather conditions. He progressed safely through the knockout rounds into the final where he was a clear winner by a bike length.

The next race, the Dudley Grand Prix at Halesowen on July 9, will be the third in the series.

John Paul was half a second quicker than his nearest competitor during the race at Newcastle Under-Lyme.
John Paul was half a second quicker than his nearest competitor during the race at Newcastle Under-Lyme.

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