IT WAS a tough day at the office for Wem’s Isaac Vickery as he struggled with illness in the most recent round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.

Round seven of the league, hosted by Stourbridge CC and Redditch R&P CC, was held on Sunday, November 3 at Blackwell Court in Bromsgrove and a dry morning saw a field of 36 under 10s take to a course that utilised the hilly terrain to make the course a real test of stamina.

After missing sound six while away on holiday, Isaac, riding for the Mid Shropshire Wheelers, again attempted to go hard from the start and see if the other boys could keep with his pace.

A fast start saw Isaac lead out the first lap but he could not shake off Jet Du Toit of Newark CC and Arley Berry from the hosts Redditch R&P CC.

Suffering with a heavy cold, which affected his breathing, Isaac was not able to control the race from the front and lost ground to finish third ahead of his two Mid Shropshire Wheelers teammates, Jude White and Senen Brown who finished fourth and fifth.

With the best 11 results from 14 races deciding the series things are shaping up to provide an exciting second half to the season.

Round eight of the West Midlands Cyclo Cross League will be hosted by Malvern Cycle Sport at Leigh Sinton Farm in Lower Interfields on November 10.