IN very gusty conditions which saw one rider blown over on the start line, 120 riders took part in the annual Worcester St John’s CC open 10-mile time trial and Charlie Grieg Memorial Trophy on Saturday.
The time trial – which was also a Midlands Women’s Series counting event – took place on the popular horse-shoe shaped Stoke Priors course near Alcester, so although there was a strong headwind for the first four miles, the riders enjoyed a tailwind for the final six miles, with a quick section along the A46.
This led to some fast times – the winner, Scott Walker of Team Bottrill/HSS Hire, completed the course in a blistering 19 minutes 54 seconds. First Worcester St John’s rider was Simon Garrett, whose 20 minutes 24 seconds was his fastest ever 10-mile time. The next Saints riders home were Paul Guest (21.12) and Mark Daffin (21.23). The first woman home was Fiona Prew (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) in 23.02, and the first junior was Worcester St Johns rider Ollie Morgan, with an excellent time of 21 minutes 34 seconds. The rider that raised the most smiles was Martin Staines of Worcester St Johns, who completed the course on a tandem, with eight-year-old Jake enjoying every minute on the back.
The event was organised by club stalwart Dave Walker, who said the event was a huge success with a new trophy especially made for the winner of the ladies event,.
“I would like to thank the army of volunteers who turned out on the day to make this popular event such a success, from the all important marshalls to the ladies who provided well earned refreshments. Riders came from a wide area to take part and we are confident it will be just as successful next year. We were oversubscribed and were very sorry to have to turn some riders away.”
1st Scott Walker, 19.54
2nd Jon Simpkins, 20.03
3rd David Kiernan, 20.07
4th Tim Ashton, 20.12
1st Woman Fiona Prew, 23.02
2nd Woman Susan Semple, 23.23
3rd Woman Fay Barrington, 23.34
4th Woman Suzy Patience, 23.35
1st Junior (Male) Ollie Morgan, 21.34
1st Junior (Female) Beth Hinett, 25.20
1st MV40 Jon Howard, 20.22
1st MV50 Jeremy Stone, 21.02
1st MV60 Phil Brown, 22.22
1st MV70 Terry Icke 22.16
1st FV40 Debbie Bradley, 24.42
1st FV50 Jan Birkmyre, 23.44
1st FV60 Arja Scarsbrook, 25.48
1st Ladies’ Team: Wyre Forest CRC
1st Men’s Team: Success Cycling
1st Road Bike Adrien O’Brien, 24.50
2nd Road Bike Susan O’Shaughnessy, 24.56
3rd Road Bike Fern Hordern, 26.53
1st Tandem Robert Gardner and Tanis (?) Hand, 25.58