WIGAN Firefighter Grahame Sumner took the title at the National
Emergency Services Cycling Championships in Lancashire at the
But he managed to do it despite someone else crossing the finish
line before him - 22-year-old Tom Black crossed the line clear of
the chasing pack but the post office worker didn't qualify for the
prize as he does not work in the emergency services.
Grahame said: "It was a race within a race, if you like, there
are always a few other lads of a good standard who enter.
"Tom had a cracking ride and I did try to get across to him but
he had every move covered and it was very tough to catch him."
The race took in five laps of the 11-mile Bashall Eaves circuit
starting from Clitheroe on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
"I always want to win the fire service championship but it's
nice to finish ahead of the police if possible too!"
It's the fourth time 34-year-old Grahame has taken the title and
among the prizes he received was the Colin Townsley Trophy which is
in memory of a former Soho Station Officer who lost his life in the
1987 Kings Cross blaze.
Grahame said: "It's great to win the Colin Townsley Trophy
because it has a lot of history behind it and it's a fantastic
piece of silverware."
But Grahame's wasn't the only Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service (GMFRS) success in the championships, Salford Firefighter
Stuart Percival crossed the line in sixth place, Broughton Watch
Manager Chris Rainford came in 38th and Moss Side Firefighter
Gareth Collom finished in 58th place.
Station Manager Angus Robinson said: "I volunteered to marshal
the race after seeing an appeal in Routine Circ last week, but I
was joined by 11 volunteers after Stuart got in touch with
Volunteers Manager Jo Cranham.
"They were all fantastic and without their support it would have
been difficult to marshal the race safely, so all in all it was a
very successful day for GMFRS."