By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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FIRST, second, fourth and sixth places from a flying New Forest CC squad in the initial leg of the new inter-club competition with Sotonia CC provides a solid 10-point cushion for the return round at the end of May.
John Heffernan led the Forest assault with a time of 22min 59sec on the Lyndhurst-Beaulieu Road Ipley Cross loop, a three-second improvement on his personal best and a near 30-second upgrade of his best for the course, on what was a rapidly cooling evening after a warm day.
Teammate Gary Lock was a mere two seconds slower, 55 seconds faster than Sotonia’s best finisher, Gerwain Young with 23-56.
New Forest’s Colin Humm was a further three seconds adrift in fourth while Sotonia’s Keiron Batt clocked 24-06 for fifth.
Fifteen-year-old Hugo Walters was the fourth and final New Forest qualifier in sixth a just a few seconds off his all-time best with 24-49 while Philip Connell and Jon Dudley were Sotonia’s other two team counters collecting seven and eight points with 24-50 and 25-11 respectively.
Southampton Tri Club’s Mike Zollo produced a good ride of 24-47, as did New Forest’s Geri Robinson with 25-06 and junior clubmate Konnor Bracher-Walsh who collected a new PB of 27-08.
The event attracted a full evening card of 50 riders with several having to be refused entry on the line, including New Forest’s on-form Ben Boardman and Contre la Montre ace Julian Jenkinson.
The second and final leg of the inter-club is a 15, starting at 7pm on the evening of Thursday, May 31. Event headquarters is Parc Pale car park between Lyndhurst and Beaulieu Road Station. Don’t forget to book a ride to avoid disappointment. Contact Margaret Read on 01425 653822.
Other times: Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) 25-22, James Bannister (NF) 25-25, Stuart Peckham (NF) 25-31, Chris Grant (NF) 25-46, Jon Legg (Sotonia) 25-48, Rob Brinsdon (NF) 26-04, Barry Wootten (NF) 26-05, Richard Rajski (NF)and Andrew Hanley(NF) tied with 26-18, Gary Plumb (NF) 26-20, Dan Mitchell (NF) and Tom Trueman (Sotonia) tied with 26-28, Joe Phillips (NF) 26-37, Keith Bradfield (NF) 26-45, Phil Underwood (NF) 26-54, Richard Mason (NF) 27-01, David Wilson (NF) and Ted Knowlton (Sotonia) tied with 27-16, Cameron Taylor (Sotonia) 27-18, Julian Sheppard (Sotonia) 27-36, Nick Tattersall (NF) 27-41, Peter Weaver (NF) 27-51, Andy Gannaway (Sotonia) 27-52, Stuart Gray (NF) 28-05, Wendy Knowlton (Sotonia) 28-15, Mick Braddan (Sotonia) 29-12, Donna Shaw (NF) 29-21, Chris Summers (Sotonia) 29-25, Geoff Weller (NF) 29-35, Peter Hawker (NF) 29-55, Rosie Hillary (Soton TC) 30-09, Bob Jolliffe (NF) 30-25, Aleksandra Burlinson (NF) 30-49, Martin Balk (NF) 30-55, Julian Wherrett (Sotonia) 30-58, Roger Bacon (NF) 31-42, Julian Gee (Sotonia) 31-46, Carolyn Weaver (NF) 33-20.
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