CYCLING: Rapid Tilly takes Fisherman’s Trophy

TOP TRIO: From left - David Biggadike, Chris Peel and Sam Bentley on the podium after Spalding's 800m handicap race at their grass track event. Photo by TIM BRYETT
TOP TRIO: From left - David Biggadike, Chris Peel and Sam Bentley on the podium after Spalding's 800m handicap race at their grass track event. Photo by TIM BRYETT
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The penultimate race in Spalding Cycling Club’s 2013 time trial season saw Tilly Gurney get her hands on the coveted Fisherman’s Trophy.

Decided by comparing riders’ times on the night with their season’s best, Gurney clocked a fine personal best (PB) of 29.53mins – which shaved 1.02mins off her previous benchmark.

William Gurney improved by another 31 seconds to finish second in 31.56mins and Sam Bentley completed the podium with 24.02, just 14 seconds quicker than previously. This time was also good enough for fourth place overall and made Bentley the top U/18 rider.

Good conditions made for a fast race, with some great times being recorded amongst the 30 riders – including PBs from Andy Foster, Peter Hull, and Dave Thornley.

The top three times on the night were a repeat of the previous week, with slightly faster times being the only difference. As ever, it was Neil Palmer in (22.38mins), Chris Ward (23.14mins) and Adam Ellis (23.22mins) who were the first trio home.

Aimee Stocker continued her good run of form as she was again the first lady home and ninth overall in 25.59mins, while Claire Thomas recovered well after being held up by traffic at the turn to finish in 27.07mins.

The U/16 competition was won convincingly by Matt Ellis in 26.58mins, with Jake Norton second in 28.23mins and Tilly Gurney third.

• Spalding riders were in top form at their grass track day at Sir John Gleed School.

Chris Peel won the senior 800m handicap, while Sam Bentley took second in the unknown distance event.

Spalding’s Bryn Richards and Ben Norton finishing second and third respectively in the U/10 boys’ omnium, with Molly Peel winning the U/10 girls’ omnium from club mate Emily Richards.

Jake Norton took a fine win from Cameron Nielson in the U/12 omnium, before Oliver Woolsey, Matt Ellis and William Gurney made up the top three of the U/14 version.

Tilly Gurney won the girls’ U/14 omnium from Megan Kendall.