Windgather is once again the final round of this years Gritstone Series and there is much to play for. Chris Shelton, currently leads the standings for the men and has found himself in a strong position going into the final race. Windgather would have been a course to have suited him and he has proved in training that he has the speed to match Stuart Bond. Unfortunately for Chris, he is unavailable through injury and as a result has perhaps handed the title to three times winner, Stuart Bond. But then you never know… Andy Taylor is another potential for a top 3 spot as is Stuart Walker. It could be yet be close, we’ll just have to wait and see.
The V40 category remains wide open with Andrew Wainwright looking over his shoulder at Peter Hague. Yet, should they not turn up to run then, Mark Havenhand is in with a shout. The V60 catergory looks to be in the bag for Barry Blyth, with the V50’s going to the wire – all depends who turns up on the day, between Andy Barnett (DPFR) and Andy Buck (Steel City Striders).
For the women, well it’s in the bag for Helen Elmore. Helen has five straight wins, despite some close racing with Sally Fawcett who looks to be secure in second spot. Claire Oliffe could yet make it onto the podium as could Alison Wainwright, so despite less women completing the series, there is enough to play for to keep everyone interested.