CYCLING: A grand old race for veteran Bill

GRAND RACE: Bill Woods competed in his 1,000th Spalding time trial.
GRAND RACE: Bill Woods competed in his 1,000th Spalding time trial.

Spalding Cycling Club’s final time trial of the 2013 season was the 10-mile championship race at Pode Hole – and it was a landmark evening for Bill Wood, who lined-up for his 1,000th meet.

The veteran Spalding ace marked the occasion with a season’s best time of 29.51 minutes, despite a slight head-wind.

A field of 32 club members and two guests started the time trial finale – and with dominant duo Neil Palmer and Chris Ward not racing, the leader board had new names at the top.

Adam Ellis took the honours on the night in 22.01mins with Sam Bentley chasing him home in second, setting a new personal best (PB) of 23.51mins in the process.

Third-placed Joe Andrews also set a PB with his 24.37mins, closely followed by Ben Moore in a another new PB time of 24.58mins.

Not content with his overall second place, Bentley took first place in the under-18s race from Harry Bellars, who crossed the line in 25.19mins.

The ladies’ race was again won by Aimee Stocker, who finished tenth overall in 25.58mins.

Sarah Bentley sealed second with 28.13mins and Samantha Jones recorded a PB of 34.26mins to finish third.

No less than six under-16s started, with Matt Ellis first home in 27.46mins.

Jake Norton was just over a minute behind in second with his 28.57mins, ahead of talented Tilly Gurney in third.

She set another PB of 29.27mins, as did the ever-improving William Boothman (34.12mins).

Guest riders Callum McPartlin, of Spalding Triathlon Club, and Warren Peel finished in 26.06mins and 33.55 mins respectively.