By New Forest Cycling Club Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
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WARM weather continues to bring a rash of rapid rides from New Forest Cycling Club members with Gary Lock getting close to his “personal” to win Tuesday’s club 10 and Ben Boardman smashing his PB by more than three minutes at Poole the following evening.
If that wasn’t enough, New Forest CC won the newly-instituted inter-club competition with Sotonia CC by six points on Thursday evening, despite losing by four points on the night.
And you can add to that a clutch of gold awards in the Bournemouth Sportive held the previous weekend.
Clutch of PBs in 10
The north-westerly that had blown all day dropped away on Tuesday evening for the 10 on the Lyndhurst-Beaulieu Road course.
Times were quick from the start with first man, 72-year-old Peter Hawker, clocking 28-31. Sotonia’s Ben Rickaby, off number seven, did 23-42 for eventual fifth place; Geoff Weller improved to 28-56 for a comeback best, No 26, youngster Remi Bennett, finished with a PB of 31-22 as did Patrick Walters who was happy to dip below 28 minutes for the first time with 27-47.
Ben Boardman did a “best on course” of 23-12 for fourth place while, starting two minutes later, Gary Lock hit top form to produce 22-35, just 14 seconds away from his PB.
John Heffernan, who has beaten Lock in the past three events, pulled out all the stops but could not match his speed, finishing with 22-59 for third overall. The man to beat him – by a mere two seconds – was GA Cycles’ Ray Claridge.
Other club 10 times (NFCC unless stated): Mike Barnfield (Soton Tri Club) 23-47, Rob Brinsdon and Steve Freeman (Team Feat) tied with 24-07, Peter Wooldridge (Soton Tri Club) 24-14, Marc Darcy (Team Feat) 24-16, Stuart Ward and Matt Macdonald (GS Europa) tied with 24-53, Chris Grant 25-04, , Stuart Peckham 25-19, Nick Williams 25-31, Tony Rendall 25-33, Andrew Hanley 25-39, Barry Wootten 25-48, Dan Mitchell 25-52, Peter Merritt (Come and Try It) 26-07, Richard Rajski 26-12, Phil Underwood 26-16, Richard Mason 26-42, David Wilson, Konnor Bracher-Walsh and Julian Sheppard (Sotonia) tied with 26-58, Nigel Gemmell 27-22, Peter Weaver 27-38, Matthew Golden (Farnham RC) 27-45, Stuart Martin (Sotonia) 29-00, Donna Shaw 29-02, Richard Castle (Come and Try It) 29-18, Adam Court (GA Cycles) 29-47, Antony Moyle 29-26, Tom Butler 29-29, Martin Balk 29-51, Nigel Aitken (Sotonia) 29-59, Aleksandra Burlinson 30-00, Simon Dobby 30-15, Roger Bacon 30-45, Bob Jolliffe 31-00, Carolyn Weaver 32-43.
Ben “chuffed” with fine 54
The next evening Ben Boardman was on top form rattling off 54-53 to take fourth place in the Poole Wheelers’ club 25 on the Upton course, a time which beat his old PB by almost 3min 30sec.
Conditions were good for the mainly dual carriageway course with both winner Gary Dighton and second-placed super-veteran Terry Icke recording personal bests of 51-49 and 52-04 respectively. Third place went to Southampton University RC’s Tim Wallis with 54-16.
Ben later said: “It’s fair to say I was pretty chuffed.”
He put his improvement down to a three-hour Retul Bike Fit with Vankru Cycling in Southampton.
Determination wins Forest inter-club
New Forest CC won the two-event inter-club competition with Sotonia CC by six points on Thursday.
Forest fast man John Heffernan could not be there because of a regular sailing commitment.
But Gary Lock, who was determined to do his bit for the club and missed out on the Poole 25 the previous evening to be in first class condition for the competition, hit his target and took first place with a time of 34-38 for the 15 miles south of Lyndhurst.
The only rider to beat him in the overall stakes was Hargroves Cycles’ junior international Jon Dibben, himself a former NFCC rider, who clocked 33-19.
Sotonia’s Stuart Martingale, Colin Yeates and Gawain Young filled the next three places for two, three and four points with times of 35-13, 35-31 and 36-02.
New Forest’s Ben Boardman was fifth with 36-04 and Stuart Ward sixth. Sotonia’s final team member was Ben Rickaby with 36-42 for seventh and juvenile Hugo Walters was the Forest’s final counter with 36-56 for eighth.
When the points were added to those from the earlier 10-miler, New Forest CC came out with the winning lowest score of 33 to beat Sotonia by six.
Other inter-club times: Stephen Wood (Antelope RT) 36-15, Keiron Batt (SCC) 37-22, Jon Dudley (SCC) 37-35, Mike Zollo (Soton Tri Club) 38-11, Stuart Peckham (NFCC) 38-21, Max Holloway (VC St Raphael) 38-22, Jon Legg (SCC) 38-58, Andrew Hanley (NFCC) 39-17, Phil Underwood (NFCC) 40-40, Richard Mason (NFCC) 40-53, Colin Crocker (SCC) 40-54, Konnor Bracher-Walsh (NFCC) 41-44, James Peckham (SCC) 41-47, Sophie Needham (STC) 42-36, Sean Withall (SCC) 43-41, Rosie Hillary (STC) 44-07, Angela Burnikell (SCC) 44-15, Jonathan Northcott (SCC) 44-20, Stuart Martin (SCC) 44-31, Julian Wherrett (SCC) 46-03.
Steve and Howard crack 25mins
New Forest CC’s Steve Roberts was pleased to record a 17-second personal best of 24-46 to take sixth place in the Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 on the Sopley course, one position ahead of clubmate Howard Doe who clocked 24-59.
GA Cycles’ visitors Gary Allan and Simon Barnes took first and second with 23-05 and 23-09 while Bournemouth Jubilee’s Steve Groome was third in 23-20.
Gold and silver for Forest four
Lee Hookem, Barry Wootten and Steve Roberts finished the Bournemouth Sportive in Gold times the previous Sunday, while Simon Dobby rode the standard distance in 4-44-31 for a silver award.
Steve’s time was 5-15-08, Lee’s 6-08-36 and Barry’s 6-13-04. No time was available for Steve.
Barry described it as “a blisteringly hot day and a lovely scenic course through Wiltshire and Dorset”.
Chris rides Godric 10
Chris Jolliffe clocked 26-44 in the Godric CC 10 in Suffolk on Tuesday. First place was taken by Jim Burgess of Anglia Velo with a rapid 21-09.
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.