Palmer smashes the course record to win

Neil Palmer, winner of Spalding Cycling Club's Five-Mile Championship.  Photo by Tim Bryett.
Neil Palmer, winner of Spalding Cycling Club's Five-Mile Championship. Photo by Tim Bryett.
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Three course records were smashed when Spalding Cycling Club staged their five-mile championship.

Neil Palmer’s 11:13 broke the overall course record, Aimee Stocker improved the ladies record with a personal best of 12:40 to finish ninth and Sam Bentley’s fourth place was clinched with a junior record of 12:06.

Chris Ward (11:22) and Adam Ellis (11:27) were second and third respectively, while Jake Norton was first Under 16 and 12th overall in 13:18.

Tom Neale, a Spalding member but riding for Corley Cycles, matched Palmer’s time to be the fastest guest.

Palmer also competed in the club’s Open Hilly Time Trial, where Adam Gascoigne of Pedal Power Loughborough won in 58:23 - just 24 seconds off the course record for the 27 mile race.

Christophe Demoulin of Peterborough Cycling Club was second in 61:24 followed by Palmer and Spalding clubmate Chris Ward in 63:35 and 65:20 respectively.

Palmer, first veteran Ward and Ben Moore helped Spalding to the team prize.

Fastest lady was Louise Day of Team Jewson/MI Racing Tule in 73:48.

Meanwhile, Jason Burrill of Bourne Wheelers finished third in the Barholm Five-Mile Time Trial.

He clocked 11.46 with the first two places going to professional riders Steve Lampier ( 10:38) and Tom Neale (11:21).

Sian Botteley was the leading female in 13:45, five seconds ahead of veteran Louise Day with Jess Woodworth third in 15:16. Robbie Ward was the quickest youth in 13:03.