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Evening 10s Rd 4 & racing round-up

Peter Baker by Sue Collett

Round 4 round of Lewes Wanderers’ series of 10-mile time-trials took place on the evening of Monday 24th May; albeit it was actually only the second event of the series to take place with Rounds 1 and 3 cancelled due to bad weather.

Conditions were far more favourable for the 14 contestants who raced up and down the A22 with the quickest by a long margin being Joe Benians with a new personal best of 21 minutes and 35 seconds.  Runner-up was Peter Baker in 24:24, just ahead of Gavin Richards (24:28), with Darren Haynes (24:48) the only other athlete to beat 25 minutes.

In equal 5th, with Neil Edwards, Kate Parrish (25:41) took bragging rights among the two female competitors, but she was only 16 seconds ahead of 8th placed Kate Thomas (25:57) with the two split by Vince Busk (25:53).

Back on Sunday 16th May Sally Turner (racing for trainSharp) and Lisa Davis (Drag2Zero) were among a dozen female riders competing in the Veteran Time Trials Association (London & Home Counties) 10-mile event along the A41 near Tring, Hertfordshire.  In an event run by Newbury Velo Sally set a new personal best of 21 minutes and 35 seconds to claim the runner-up spot and 45th overall by just a single second, while Lisa was 6th female and 73rd overall in a strong 23:09.  Lisa’s husband Brett (trainSharp) finished in equal 8th with a blistering new personal best of 19 minutes and 51 seconds.

The following Saturday (22nd) daughter and father Anna and Nick Dwyer had travelled to near Farnham in Surrey for a North Hampshire Road Club 10 along the A31.  Anna’s time of 23:19 was an agonising 3 seconds outside her PB, but fastest of the 9 female entrants and 28th overall.  Nick posted a fine 21:36 to place 13th from 61 overall.

On Tuesday 25th May a trio of Lewes Wanderers were down at “Glorious Goodwood” for the latest of a3crg’s 11.8 mile time-trials around the historic motor racing track.  Paul Fletcher (representing trainSharp) did the best with 16 th place thanks to a time of 26:41.  Richard Burchett came 21st in 27:26 and Guy Brown 31st from 42 in 28:34.

On Saturday 29th May Joe Benians sliced a further 13 seconds off his 10-mile PB as he finished a superb 4th in a Southborough & District Wheelers run event east of Tenterden in a time of 21:22.  Kate Thomas was 21st overall and 2nd fastest of the 7 female competitors in 26:16 while her father John Mankelow came 28th of 38 finishers in 27:29.

On the same afternoon Peter Baker recorded a time of 23:45 to claim 29th out of 54 entrants in a BEC CC “10” along the A24 south of Dorking.

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