CYCLING: Palmer’s pedal power enough for third spot

First home: Spalding's Neil Palmer gets a helping hand at the Hilly Time Trial. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG250312-04MD
First home: Spalding's Neil Palmer gets a helping hand at the Hilly Time Trial. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG250312-04MD
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NEIL Palmer put in a sterling display to bag third place at Spalding Cycling Club’s 26-mile Hilly Time Trial event.

The Spalding ace was the first rider home for the host club, clocking 1.06.00hrs to finish behind Mapperley’s Shaun Eden and Stamford Wheelers’ Ian Pike in first and second respectively.

In total, 37 competitors completed the gruelling event, which took the cyclists from Edenham to Grantham... and back again.

Also performing well was Spalding young gun Harry Bellars, who was the first junior rider home in 18th place overall.

He finished in 1.12.16hrs to finish less than ten minutes behind the overall winner, which represented a decent return.

Adam Ellis (6th) and Chris Ward (8th) both placed in the top ten, while Aimee Stocker in 31st place (1.20.14hrs) was Spalding’s first lady home.

Results: 1st Shaun Eden (Mapperley) 1.03.47hrs; 2nd Ian Pike (Sleaford Wheelers) 1.04.15; 3rd Neil Palmer (Spalding) 1.06.00; 4th Richard Eve (Wisbech) 1.06.06; 5th Craig Thursby (Boston Wheelers) 1.06.19; 6th Adam Ellis (Spalding) 1.06.41; 7th Asa Elkington (Boston) 1.07.18; 8th Chris Ward (Spalding) 1.07.22; 9th Ken Roesner (King’s Lynn) 1.07.48; 10th Mark Robinson (Bourne Wheelers) 1.07.57; 11th Darren Smith (Boston) 1.08.23; 12th Ryan Hart (Spalding Tri) 1.10.14; 13th William Harrison (Witham Wheelers) 1.10.22; 14th Malcom Church (Fenland Clarion) 1.10.40 (first vet); 15th Mark Booth (Kettering) 1.10.47; 16th John Farmer (Witham) 1.11.26; 17th Christopher Crawford (Witham) 1.12.15; 18th Harry Bellars (Spalding) 1.12.16 (first junior); 19th Alex Avery (Sam Cycling Race Team) 1.12.22; 20th Russell Newman (Sleaford) 1.14.21; 21nd Louise Day (Gabby Day Cycles) 1.14.31 (first lady); 22nd Graham McAndrew (Spalding) 1.14.39; 23rd Martin Lister (Witham) 1.15.16; 24th Jim Davey (London Fire Brigade) 1.16.03; 25th Sam Bentley (Spalding) 1.16.05; 26th Peter Flint (Boston) 1.17.04; 27th Tom Webster (Spalding) 1.17.40; 28th Gary Bentley (Spalding) 1.17.48; 29th David Saunders (Kings Cliffe Flyers) 1.18.16; 30th Bill Law (Fenland) 1.19.55; 31st Aimee Stocker (Spalding) 1.20.14; 32nd Jennifer McAndrew (Spalding) 1.21.44; 33rd Ian Scott (Boston W) 1.23.12; 34th Claire Thomas (Spalding) 1.24.19; 35th Ann Barrett (Fenland Cl) 1.25.38; 36th Sarah Bentley (Spalding) 1.28.09; 37th Stuart Hocknell (Team Salesengine) 1.32.01.

• MATT Ellis was back with a bang after missing round one of Spalding’s Go-Ride season, taking first place in the Rims category of the second stage at the Memorial Field.

He was chased hard throughout the race by Jake Norton, who wasn’t prepared to settle for second spot without a fight. Jacob Santry also rode strongly in third place.

The battle for first girl was hard-fought too, with Harriet Moore and Tilly Gurney showing grit and determination one every lap, especially at the steep hill climb section. Moore eventually won the battle and came fifth overall, with Gurney hot on her heels in sixth place overall.

In the ‘Spokes’ group, Tom Wright again led from the front – but he could not afford to relax as Thomas Brackstone was always within striking distance.

Ben Norton was a strong finisher in third, with Molly Peel behind in fourth place and securing the top girl honours.

The youngest age group (Hubs) also enjoyed a competitive race at the end of their coaching session, with Ellie Peel clinching first place.

Results: Rims – 1st Matt Ellis; 2nd Jake Norton; 3rd Jacob Santry; 4th Tom Webster; 5th Harriet Moore (first girl); 6th Tilly Gurney (second girl); 7 Warren Eve; 8th Jack Roffe; 9th Theo Lawless Hughes; 10th Cameron Nielson; 11th Robert McAndrew; 12th William Gurney; 13th Megan Kendall (third girl); 14th Sophie Wright;15th Bryn Richards; 16th Alex Whitmore. Spokes – 1st Tom Wright; 2nd Thomas Brackstone; 3rd Ben Norton; 4th Molly Peel (first girl);5th Ed Gurney; 6th Caitlin Langford (second girl); 7th Emily Richards (third girl); 8th Harry Garfield; 9th Daniel Brackstone.Hubs – 1st Ellie Peel; 2nd Jay Clearon; 3rd Erin Langford; 4th Mimi Gurney.