MATT LOVERIDGE is back on top of the pile after the All Terrain Challenge got short and sharp at La Mare de Carteret last evening.
With the Footes Lane running track out of action for respraying, the traditional track stage of the challenge moved to the grass for a series of quickfire 100m sprints.
At the top end of the scale, Division One leader David Emery lost 45sec. on Loveridge on an evening where every place was worth 5sec.
And while Emery had to settle for second place in the Division One B final, Loveridge donned the spikes and defeated Will Bodkin for the title after a devil-takes-the-hindmost competition.
Loveridge’s victory meant that having started the stage 16sec., adrift will take a decent advantage into this evening’s five-mile cliff time trial at Icart.
There is also a new leader in Division Two where, like Emery, David Ainger failed to make it to the A final and lost a lot of ground as Aaron Walden claimed second place to Nikki Neal, the women’s leader, who made the most of the 15m start given to all the women in the field.
Jon Sexton, the Division Three yellow vest wearer, had to work hard to make his divisional A final, but he gained a slice of fortune when title rival Ben Le Huray false started in qualifying and found himself demoted to the B race.
In Division Four, leader Matt Mason had to settle for seventh as Kay Davidson took the sprint glory.