Phantoms star Shrosbree pushes Hill all the way
A BIG-MONEY BMX event attracted riders from across the country.
Almost £600 of prize money was up for grabs when Peterborough Phantoms staged their ‘Golden Ticket’ cash race extravaganza at Herlington.
And the bulk of the booty, put up by the city council, went to racers from outside the area.
Riders in the 16+ age group did battle to get their hands on a prize fund of £345 and it was Norwich veteran Alan Hill who charged to victory.
He hit the road back to Norfolk with £150 burning a hole in his pocket while Phantoms star Arran Shrosbree pushed him hard to take £75 for second place. Fellow locals Matthew Allen and Jonathan Hastings picked up £10 apiece for seventh and eighth-place finishes respectively in the ‘A’ final.
The Golden Ticket race – so-called because the age group that contested it was decided by a random draw ahead of racing - was worth an additional £220.
And that meant a bumper pay day for the riders to shine in the male and female 8/9 bracket. Lochlan Dudley of Nottinghamshire took victory and the £100 first prize with Phantoms rider Nathan Wood coming home second for £40. Deborah Parrish was further back in fifth.
But it wasn’t all gain – there was plenty of pain for a couple of Phantoms pedallers. Jehu Parrish suffered a broken arm in a nasty crash in the male/female 10/11 category and Tom Drinkwater finished third in the ‘B’ final of the male/female 14/15 bracket despite breaking a wrist earlier in the weekend.