Another win for Palmer in time trial

Katie Butler
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Neil Palmer just missed out on breaking 23 minutes when winning the fourth round of Spalding Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial league.

He clocked 23:02 with Chris Ward (23:21) holding off Under 18 cyclist Sam Bentley (23:29) for second.

Chris Pratt (24:16) and Andrew Gurney (24:43) completed the top five as the leading quintet all filled the same positions as a week earlier - all recording faster times than they had in round four.

Bentley was one of several cyclists to improve their personal bests with Ed Holliday (25:16), Ross McGivern (27:30) and Paul Kendall (29:17) improving their week-old marks.

Other PBs went to Andy Bowser (24:55), Gareth Richards (26:49), Rob Boothman (28:02) and Chris Bettinson (30:13).

Aimee Stocker again won in the ladies competition, recording 26:08, with new member Katie Butler finishing second and 23rd overall with a PB of 29:28. Nicole Flatters showed a return to form with 37:32.

Will Gurney was the leading Under 16 in 29:19, seven seconds down on the previous round but did enough to win his category by more than two minutes from William Boothman.

Tilly Gurneywas the first Under 16 girl in 29:58 while the fast-improving Sophie Wright recorded a PB of 33:26.

Guest riders from Bourne Wheelers also took part with Matt Green (24:04), Adam Botteley (26:18) and Sian Botteley of Squadra Donna (26:43) the fastest.

n Good weather attracted 121 riders, including more than 20 from the host club, to the club’s

fourth Nelson Sportive.

Organiser Simon Wright kept the traditional 58 and 80-mile routes over rolling and scenic roads which took cyclists from the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge into Norfolk taking in Sandringham and Brancaster.