Bob still collecting the medals
As a member of the Portsmouth Transplant Squad Bob Jolliffe took silver in the 5km time trial which was won by Graham Strugnell from Kent,and gold medal in the 10km road race (both 60-69 age categories) in the UK Transplant Sport Games on Friday evening at the UCLan sports centre Preston, Lancs.
Bob had to settle for second place was beaten by Graham Strugnell of Kent in the time trial. However, in the “go-from-the-gun” road race Bob stayed in fourth place during the first three of seven laps of the 1.5km circuit, did a long stint on the front for almost a full lap on lap four which probably cost him dearly as he started to struggle after that, especially after a big breakaway effort by eventual winner Richard Smith. The riders reaching road race speeds of 45 km per hour. Nine riders, all in younger age categories finished about 15 seconds ahead of Bob who was also pipped on the line by in the sprint for 10th by half a wheel.
Overall winner of the road race was Richard Smith (40-49 yrs) of Bridgnorth, Shropshire while fellow Portsmouth teammate Tim Jenkins (who is a member of Fareham Wheelers) took second in the sprint and gold in the 30-39 yrs category to add to his gold in the time trial.
Bob is celebrating his fifth anniversary of a kidney transplant that took place on August 25th 2009. Last year he took bronze medals in the time trial and road race in the World Transplant Games in Durban, SA and the year before took two silvers in the UK games in Medway, Kent.