Double delight for Ward

TOP TWO: Chris Ward (white helmet) passes Andy Bowser on his way to winning round seven of the club league.
TOP TWO: Chris Ward (white helmet) passes Andy Bowser on his way to winning round seven of the club league.
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Following the cancellation of the first scheduled round of the 2015 Hereward League at Helpston, the event series finally got under way as Bourne Wheelers hosted the 11.6-mile race at Aunby.

Cool, windy and wet conditions and a technically demanding and hilly circuit may have deterred some riders from taking the start but from the field of 21 some very respectable and close times were posted.

Overall winner on the night was Chris Ward who covered the course at 25mph to stop the clock on 26:38.

Simon Pitchford of Fenland Clarion was second on 27:32 – narrowly beating Tom Comben of the host club who finished on 27:38.

Next in for Spalding was Ben Moore – his 29:10 good enough for seventh overall and then Simon Wright 13th with 30:46.

The only lady in the event, Kalyleigh Adams led the rest of the Spalding riders home – her fine ride time of 33:09 earning her 16th place with Ross McGivern close behind on 33:20.

Places 18 and 19 went to Gerry Charlwood (33:44) and Chris Bettinson (34:07) while the honour of ‘Lanterne Rouge’ was given to Barry Drew who finished last on 34:29.

A couple of days later Ward and Drew were in action in the Nottingham Clarion 50-mile time trial on a wet and windy morning spent mainly on the A52.

From a field of around 70 riders there were two fourths.

Ward took fourth place overall with 1:57.05 while Drew was the fourth oldest rider, recording a creditable 2:33.06.

Continuing his current run of form Ward was fastest over the 10 miles of round seven of the club league event in 24: 43 – clearly liking the very windy conditions that shattered the field again.

Second-placed Andy Bowser was a further 1:08 back on 25:51.

With most of the lighter competitors struggling to hold the bikes on course it was inevitable that times would be slow and a long wait followed before Ben Richards claimed third spot in 29:02 – the second biggest margin between first and third-placed times this season.

The only lady present was regular guest Louise Day of Team Swift who finished on 31:16 and the sole under-16 Max Bland claimed a very good 38:18.

Making a welcome return as a guest, former club member Dave Wright rode ‘fixed gear’ – completing the course on 32:17.

Other Spalding times: G Charlwood 29:28, B Heron 29:37, C Bettinson 32:21, G Hughes 32:35. Guest riders: R Young 29:18, T Drew 29:33, M Todd 31:38 (all Spalding Triclub), T Wilkins 38.11.