Good times for Wheelers

The good weather for the mid-May 10-mile time trials and the improving fitness of the riders resulted in some excellent times.On Tuesday, May 19, nine of the riders who took part in the 10-mile time trial succeeded in achieving either a season personal best on the course or a career personal best.

The good weather for the mid-May 10-mile time trials and the improving fitness of the riders resulted in some excellent times.

On Tuesday, May 19, nine of the riders who took part in the 10-mile time trial succeeded in achieving either a season personal best on the course or a career personal best.

Of the other three riders Catherine Essex of King's Lynn CC came close to her course record of 24:09 for a lady rider and M Wood, a new member of the North Norfolk Wheelers, was competing in his first ever 10-mile time trial.

The following Thursday saw an equally impressive night with nine of the 12 riders achieving personal bests or season personal bests.


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The following Tuesday evening the weather had taken a turn for the worse and after a very wet morning there were gale force winds, which deterred many of the riders from turning out for the 25-mile time trial and the four brave souls who faced the weather had a gruelling time, but all managed to stay the course. Given the high winds, Guy Thorold did well to win the race on handicap.

Two North Norfolk Wheelers, Steve Rush and Karl Read, competed in the 25-mile time trial on the E2 on the May 24. The conditions were good, but tough coming back after the turn. Karl completed the course in 58:46, the first time he has been under the hour since 1998, but a way off his personal best, and Steve took just over the hour, finishing in 1-0:22.

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10-mile time trial, May 19 (actual times): Dorsett 21:29 (modern course record), Bailey 23:18 (spb), Read 23:30 (spb), Essex (female) 24:28, Rush 24:39, Platts 24:53 (spb), Rivett 25:42 (pb), Poulter 25:47 (spb), Griffiths 26:38 (spb), Thorold 27:49 (pb), Brown 28:35 (spb). Handicap times: Rivett 19:41, Brown 19:55, Griffiths 20:13, Platts 20:21, Thorold 20:35, Dorsett 20:41, Poulter 20:51, Read 20:53, Bailey 20:59, Rush 21:25.

10-mile time trial, May 21 (actual times): Davison 23:07 (spb), Bailey 23:09 (spb), Wright 23:39 (pb), Hunt 24:01, Turner 24:14 (spb), Rush 24:35 (spb), Clark 25:30 (spb), Etheridge 25:57 (spb), Spencer 26:02 (spb), Chapman 26:21 (spb), Griffiths 27:12, Childs (female) 34:18. Handicap times: Turner 20:39, Etheridge 20:46, Clark 20:48, Bailey 20:51, Davison 20:52, Rush 21:21, Griffiths 27:12, Childs 34:18. (Spbs are season personal bests on the course).

25-mile time trial, nay 26 (actual times): Knowles 67:45, Poulter 69:30, Griffiths 75:49, Thorold 76:38. Handicap times on 57 minutes: Thorold 57:03, Knowles 58:46, Poulter 58:55, Griffiths 61:17.

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