Birthday celebrations for Tom in a time trial

Tom Wright
Tom Wright

He recorded a fine time of 33:26 in race 10 of the 10-mile League time trial.

In the absence of Neil Palmer, Chris Ward topped the leaderboard in a time of 23.23, over a minute quicker than runner-up Andy Bowsers 24: 29 pb and third-placed Ed Holliday’s 24:31 pb.

The steadily improving Brian Johnson chipped a massive 30 seconds off his previous best to finish with 29:52, his first sub 30-minute ride and an important milestone in time trialling.

Taking full advantage of good conditions, Aimee Stocker was first lady home with 26:41 in eighth overall while Jake Norton took sixth place overall to win the U16s race in a pb time of 26:13.

A good crop of personal bests throughout the field confirmed that conditions had hardly changed since the first rider started, with those notified as Ross Mcgivern 26:22, Rob Boothman – almost a minute quicker than the previous week in 26:53, Chris Bettinson 29:52 and Sophie Wright 31:58.

Other Spalding members times: Ben Moore 24:34, Simon Wright 25:00, Gerry Charlwood 26:45, Barry Drew 27:03, Shane Norton 27:13, Tim Bryett 28:59 and Derek Chamberlain 29:10.

Guest riders included Spalding member Tom Neale riding for his Corley Cycles Team 25:31, Kayleigh Adams of Spalding Tri Club, honing her time trail skills before going off to Canada for the Triathlon Championships 27:48, Derick and Jessica Woodworth of Bourne Wheelers 28:11 and 29:34 and Claire Wookey of Spading Tri club 32:44.

In the 2 Up time trial Tilly Gurney and Will Gurney – both U-16 riders – finished in 30:00 tying with Barry Drew and Gary Bentley for eighth place.

The inaugural Dash Down the Delph Day, a series of short time trials on a closed road which enabled the under-12 members to experience time trialling on the road, was a great success.

A special mention to Mimi Gurney who came off at the start of her first race but overcame that setback and raced well later in the day.

In all 22 members took part in the competition and of those six were under-12s. This was a good turnout given that some members in that category were away racing at the National Youth Circuit Race series in Cardiff.

Organised by Barry Drew, ably assisted by Sharon Fensom, and Sarah Bentley who took care of the timing and Simon Wright who did the pusher off duties, a major thank you also goes to the councils who granted the road closure permission. Sam and Sharna from the Fishermans Arms kindly allowed use of their facilities and barbecue equipment.

With the racing over three of the under-12s – Mimi and Edward Gurney and Tom Wright – wasted little time in helping to get the barbecue organised followed by the presentation of prizes.