By New Forest Cycling Club press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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IN a busy week of racing New Forest Cycling Club’s Hugo Walters took fifth place in the Southern juvenile time trial championship and then followed up with second in the national hill climb title race.
The silver medal placing earned him gold in the South Regional over-15 hill climb championship.
On Tuesday Hugo clocked a new personal best 10-mile time of 24min 11sec in the south district round of the George Herbert Stancer memorial competition, organised this year by Poole Wheelers on the Wool circuit in Dorset.
Harrison Fielding from the promoting club took first place with a ride just inside the 23-minute mark on a damp and breezy evening.
Then on Saturday on the 2½-mile North Drive course at Ditcham near Petersfield, Hugo – riding for King Edward VI School in Southampton, where he is a pupil – was one of more than 100 young riders tussling for the British Schools’ Cycling Association National Hill Climb Championship.
His dad, Patrick, said: “The event also doubled up as the South Regional Championship. Hugo came second in his age category in the National competition – won by William Hyde from King Edward VI School, Birmingham – and was the winner in the regional competition.”
Chris Hughes continues good run
New Forest’s Chris Hughes continued his run of form on Saturday when he clocked 23-16 – just four seconds off his best 10-mile time set the previous weekend at Poole – in the Newbury Road Club event at Kingston Bagpuize.
Just hours after recording 26-09 in the Horsham Cycling 10, Chris Jolliffe finished with a time of 26-40 in the Newbury race while older brother Bob was more than a minute in arrears with 28-28.
Victor at Horsham was Pete Tadros (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT ) with 20-07 while Jon Simpkins (drag2zero) was fastest in Oxfordshire with 20-13.
Sotonia CC riders Colin Crocker and Chris Summers clocked 25-34 and 28-27 respectively in the Horsham promotion.
Yeates wins at Romsey
Sotonia CC’s Colin Yeates won his own club’s open 10 on the Kings Somborne to Romsey course in damp conditions last Thursday with a time of 23-52 from Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Cliff Rowe (24-00) and second claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) in 24-18.
Other local times: 4, Stephen Wood (Antelope RT) 24-23; Philip Evans (Bournemouth Jubilee Whrs) 24-41; 6, Kevin Ridge (BJW) 24-58; 7, Jonathan Legg (Sotonia) 25-35; 10, Ed Gurney (Sotonia) 27-14; 12, Martin Ward (Sotonia) 27-37; 13, Alan Sharpen (Sotonia) 27-52; 14, Wendy Knowlton (Sotonia) 28-01; 15, Philip Nightingale (Sotonia) 28-15; 16, Mick Bradban (Sotonia) 28-20; 19, Juloia Baker-Beall (Sotonia) 33-23.
CCC v NFCC postponed
Driving rain led to the postponement of the annual interclub 15 between Crabwood and New Forest CCs until tomorrow (Tuesday, June 26) evening.
Poole rider Topham sixth in National 50
Poole-domiciled Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) was best southern competitor in the National 50-mile Championship near St Austell, Cornwall with a time of 1-47-58 for sixth place. Contre la Montre’s James Gilfillan took ninth with 1-48-54.
Winner was again multi-national champ Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) in a rapid 1-40-35 from Matthew Bottrill (drag2zero) with 1-42-03 and Jeff Jones (drag2zero) 1-44-24.
UK Half Ironman on Exmoor
New Forest members Rob Brinsdon and Gary Lock took part in the UK 70.3 Half Ironman event at Wimbleball, Exmoor on June 17.
Gary went there in the knowledge he was not going to finish the event because of a sciatic nerve problem which would prevent him running.
He said his swim and bike ride went okay and he was “fairly happy, but a lot learnt as always”.
“Rob did really well in his first half Ironman event which is described as one of the toughest 70.3 on the circuit. “Starting with nearly 1,000 people in his swim wave, he came out of the swim in just under 36 minutes, a short but steep run of 400m into transition then started the bike leg.
“It was important to pace and not race the bike leg and Rob completed the hilly two-lap course in just over 3hr 30min.
“The final stage was a 13-mile run, again a hilly three lap circuit, which was competed in 2-20 (I think) which gave him an overall time of 6hr 40min.”
NFCC 83rd Annual Dinner 2017
We are sad to report that unfortunately Geoff Smith’s wife, Joan recently passed away. The funeral will be held on Friday 20th October, 3:45PM at Bournemouth Crematorium. Our sympathies go out to Geoff and his family.