By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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NEW Forest Cycling Club triathlete Gary Lock already has a stranglehold on Division One of his club’s evening 10-mile series after claiming his third victory in as many races.
Strongman Lock zipped around two laps of the grinding Thorney Hill-Bransgore-Holmsley South circuit in 24min 24sec to beat his nearest challenger, clubmate Ben Boardman, by a clear 42 seconds.
Third place went to Richard Schofield of Hantspol CC, one of just four visiting riders in the field of 33, who clocked 25-30.
Another triathlete, New Forest CC’s Tony Rendell, took fourth with 25-48 from clubmate Stuart Peckham (26-09).
Boardman on target at Arrow
Two evenings later, Ben Boardman was the only rider to beat 24 minutes in Bournemouth Arrow CC’s 10 on the Ringwood-Sopley course. His time of 23-52 in very windy conditions was 33 seconds too good for Poole Wheeler Leighton Girling.
Third place went to second-claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) with 24-40 while the previous week’s winner, New Forest’s Stuart Peckham was fourth with 25-49. Another second-claim NFCC rider, Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael) took sixth with 26-35.
Valve goes in blow
Ben Boardman was among a third of the field of 90 to defy strong winds in the West London Cycling Association 10 in Oxfordshire. Despite having to ride on a heavy training wheel after a valve leaked in his rear disc on the way to the start he overcame the gale and the seven non-starters ahead of him to clock a quality 22-43.
“I can honestly say my arms have never had such a workout,” he said. “I probably had more lactic acid build up in my arms than my legs due to to wind buffeting the front wheel so much.
“I got to the turn and felt like I’d done 15 miles not five. It was definitely a day for the powerhouses and, not really fitting into that category made a rhythm hard to find.”
He added that Contre la Montre’s Harry Bulstrode “had absolutely stormed around the course in 20-10 for the win”.
Horner in charge in sprint
The previous weekend at Nomansland, Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael) beat Phil Reynolds (Peter Hansford Cycles) in the sprint to take victory in the 35-mile Sandie Radford Memorial Road Race, while last year’s winner Harry Bulstrode (Peter Hansford Cycles) was third at 18 seconds.
New Forest’s Stuart Peckham did well to finish in the bunch in what was his first road race. He said the pace was very high and he is looking forward to competing in more first-past-the-post events.
Barnes storming in CCC 10
While Boardman was winning the Arrow event, GA Cycles’ Simon Barnes was doing likewise in Crabwood CC’s 10 on the Beaulieu Road-Ipley Cross loop, finishing with 23-12.
Second place went to Southampton University CC’s Alex Clayton (23-26) while Sotonia CC’s Colin Yeates was third (24-12).
Hants RC 10 cancelled
Heavy rain led to the last-minute cancellation of the star-studded Hampshire Road Club 10-miler at Liss on Saturday. The event, due to start at 5pm, had attracted 107 entries including on-form NFCC rider Chris Hughes, who had been hoping to better his new 23-38 pb, and teammate veteran Bob Jolliffe, plus second-claimer Martin Beale (VC St Raphael).
New Forest CC’s Nick Tattersall, currently working in Bristol, improved 2-05 from the previous week in the Severn Road Club 10 on the U186 course “sandwiched between Bristol and the River Severn”. He clocked 25-52 for 27th place from 43 finishers. Fastest was Peter Georgi of Giant CC-Halo Films with a rapid 21-04.
Other results (NFCC unless stated) – club 10: Stuart Ward 26-14, Steve Roberts 26-39, Geri Robinson 26-40, Rob Brinsdon 27-11, Andrew Hanley 27-19, Gary Plumb 27-42, Joe Phillips 27-44, Howard Doe 27-45, James Bannister 27-46, Dan Mitchell 27-51, Richard Rajski 27-54, Richard Mason 27-56, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 27-55, Phil Underwood 28-15, Nigel Gemmell 29-17, David Wilson 29-18, Peter Weaver 30-37, Chris Mills 31-05, Geoff Weller 31-11, Donna Shaw 31-12, Poppy Holmes (Southampton Tri Club) 31-30, Philip Jones 31-42, Bob Jolliffe 32-00, Roger Bacon 32-30, Sue O’Dowd (Soton TC) 33-50, Martin Balk 34-54, Carolyn Weaver 35-22.
BACC 10: Gary Plumb 27-18.
Mile-chomper Konnor in End-to-End bid
Mile-eating junior Konnor Bracher-Walsh and his Royal Marine uncle, Dug, will be attempting to ride the 960 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 72 hours during July in a bid to raise loads of cash for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust and Go Commando charities.
The pair will be riding in relay and and say they believe this challenge has never been attempted before.
Konnor (16), who lives in Totton, said: “For a number of years I have been involved in fundraising for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust as part of the Solent District Dog Display Team and Training Club, who have raised a staggering £145,000 for the charity since 1983.”
The money has helped fund equipment and facilities at the school’s referral hospital “which not only treats thousands of animal patients from all over the UK each year, but helps train the veterinary surgeons and specialists of the future”.
“Although I am taking a break from the display team this year due to other commitments, namely my GCSEs, I wanted to continue fundraising for the trust and, as I have always had an ambition to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, thought this was the perfect way to do it.
“I’m really pleased that my Uncle Dug is joining me in this challenge and raising money for his own charity, Go Commando, which supports Royal Marines and their families. A Royal Marine himself, Uncle Dug is making sure that we don’t slack on the training.
“Please support me in my ride and in doing so support Cambridge Veterinary School and their aim in providing the best animal healthcare, now and in the future.
“Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a huge difference to their work.”
Donate on line at www.justgiving.com/konnorbracherwalsh or catch up with him or his mum Maggie at a New Forest CC club event.
Konnor and Dug’s marathon pedalling adventure is due to begin on July 9.
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