CYCLING: Two club records go on season’s first night

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TWO records fell on Spalding Cycling Club’s first Pode Hole race of the season.

Adam Ellis and Aimee Stocker set new benchmarks in the five-mile championship last Tuesday.

There was a very healthy 36 entries on a pretty chilly and windy evening.

Despite the challenging conditions, Ellis beat his previous club record by six seconds and Stocker smashed the women’s record by a huge margin of 1 minute 13 seconds.

Club member Simon Wright said: “These and many other performances on the night show that a lot of Spalding riders have been training hard over the winter and suggests that we are in for a very fast year.”

Results: Adam Ellis 11mins 19secs (club record for men); Ian Fensom 11.55; Chris Pratt 12.11; Charlie Pell 12.32; Jeremy Hargrave 12.33; Andrew Gurney 12.45; Neil Palmer 12.51; Harry Bellars 12.53; Alex Avery 12.55; Chris Ward 13:03; Andy Pack 13:17; Graham McAndrew and Michael Barnsdale (Spalding Triathlon Club) 13.21; Steve Thompson (STC) 13.32; Ryan Hart (STC) 13.33; Jake Peel 13.57; Aimee Stocker 14:07 (club record for women); Derek Chamberlain 14.17; Peter Daniels 14.32; Gareth Richards 14.38; Ollie Fensom 14.51; Gary Bentley 14.52; Chris Peel 14.56; Sarah Bentley 15.34; Sam Bentley and Jennifer McAndrew 15.40; Kate Peel 16.04; Ryan Medlock 16.20; Andrew Beehoo 16.23; Reece Moradkhan 16.54; Bill Wood 16.55; Steven Allard (STC) 17.14; Richard Merrill 17.50; Brian Root 18.21; Adam Medlock 19.04; Harriet Moore 20.52.

• AROUND 20 young riders attended Spalding Cycling Club’s second Go-ride event at Spalding Rugby Club.

After a really productive morning honing their bike handling skills and fitness, the session finished, as usual, with a fast and furious race with a staggered start to reflect various ages and abilities of all the riders.

Following another strong start, it was not long before Reece Moradkahn gained control of the race from the front while Matt Ellis and Jake Norton gave chase and Jack Roffe defended his early advantage well in fourth.

Tilly Gurney led out the girls with Molly Peel in second and Megan Kendall chasing her in third.

Matt Ellis got bogged down in traffic and the race rode away from him with the leaders capitalising on his bad luck.

There was also a change at the top with Kendall finally overhauling Peel to take second but out in front for the girls was Gurney who never really looked under any threat despite a small off.

Just when Moradkahn must have thought that the win was his, he suffered a last-minute dropped chain. Not one to throw in the towel, he ran for the line to record a finish. The damage was done though and Norton took the win.

Results: 1st Jake Norton; 2nd Reece Moradkahn; 3rd Matt Ellis; 4th Jack Roffe; 5th Robert McAndrew; 6th Bryn Richards; 7th Warren Eve; 8th Jack Santry; 9th Tom Webster; 10th Oscar Rudd; 11th Ben Norton; 12th Theo Lawton Hughes; 13th Tilly Gurney; 14th Tom Wright; 15th Megan Kendall; 16th Ed Gurney; 17th Molly Peel; 18th Harriet Moore; 19th William Gurney; 20th Sophie Wright; 21st Caitlin Langford; 22nd Emily Richards; 23rd Harry Garfield; 24th Liam Smith; 25th Ocea Lily Jarvis; 26th Ellie Peel; 27th Naomi Smith.