Headlines - 08/09/2008

Club Dinner Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Annual Club Awards Dinner are on sale NOW!

Please print your forms off and send to Ann Cater, or see her at the Club room on Tuesday Evenings.

Club Kit Order

With the winter rapidly approaching, it will soon be time to dig out those old leggings and jackets, and patch them up for their umpteenth season's use. Don't worry though - there's an alternative. You can be both Comfortable AND Smart during the dark months by treating yourself to some of our fantastic new Club Kit!

The next order will be placed with our suppliers on the 25th September and this order is being strategically placed to arrive in advance of Christmas. Please ensure that Jason Harris has all of your requirements promptly. Full details available on the Club Kit page.

European Junior Track Champs

Warsaw - 3rd to 7th September

Congratulations to Corrine Hall who represented Great Britain in the European Junior Track Championships last weekend at the Pruszków Velodrome.

"Just got back from Poland today. Got 16th in 500m TT and got a PB at the same time, also rode the keirin and finished 10th, not bad as this was my first keirin race :) and me being an endurance rider!

Didn't get a chance to ride any endurance events as the older riders did them!, but roll on next year when I am one of the older riders and I will be out for that European jersey !!!!

Although I didn't race as many events I had hoped to it has been a great experience just being there and I have learnt a lot for next year."

Well Done Corrine

National '24 Hour TT Record-Breakers - Update

Although we still await Charlotte’s and Liz’s formal distance, Mersey RC have now updated and confirmed John Warnock’s distance, a massive 491.39 Miles, eclipsing last year's effort (and setting a new PB in the process) by 2 miles, thereby creating a New Club Record!

Great News

Sherbourne Ironman

Congratulations to Alex & Debs Muir for completing the Sherbourne Ironman Triathlon in Dorset on Sunday.

As you may already know, the Ironman course comprises of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride, and 26.2 mile run. And just for good measure, the organisers included a whopping 6791 feet of climbing in the bike route!

For the record, Alex's time of 12:27:50 positioned him 458th of 1193 finishers overall (splits 01:02:05 / 06:49:00 / 04:25:07), whilst Debs' 13:40:28 was good enough for 772nd place (splits 00:58:31 / 07:39:13 / 04:48:59).

The winning time recorded by Pro Triathlete Stephen Bayliss (winner of this year's Ironman South Africa) of 8:53:59 was in stark contrast to the bravery of the tail-ender's 16:57:52. In addition, there were no fewer than 102 DNF's !

Superb Efforts Alex & Debs
I do so hope that there was a beer or two waiting for them at the finish!

Reading Track – 01/09/2008

Well Done to Rob Drinkwater winning a the 'A' Sprint last Monday. In addition, David Jack picked-up 3rd position in the 20k event.

Well Done Chaps

Another E2E !

Richard King is the Club's 3rd rider this year to ride the length of Britain. His 8 day trip took him on the "downhill" route from John O'Groats to Land's End.

His efforts were in favour of the Wooden Spoon charity, that is heavily supported by the rugby community and helps handicapped and disadvantaged children throughout the UK & Ireland. Richard has a minimum target of £2500 to raise for his chosen charity, so if you wish to contribute, please visit his Just Giving page.

"I was one of 13 guys aged 45 to 61 who completed the ride in 7 1/2 days.

The route took us via Inverness, Glenfarg (near Perth), Carlisle, Warrington, Leominster, Taunton and Wadebridge.

We covered 120+ miles for each of the first four days through Scotland and northern England followed by a 90 mile ride to Leominster, then two more 100+ mile days before the final 56 mile half day last Saturday to Land's End.

The route was fairly direct and used a fair amount of 'A' roads that was not that pleasant but did make for generally easy navigation.

We encountered very strong headwinds right through Scotland and heavy rain on the morning of day three. For most guys this proved to be the toughest session over some hilly terrain with most taking over four hours to cover the 40 or so miles to the morning break. The weather cleared in the afternoon and then everyone's speed picked up on the run in to Carlisle.

The climb over Shap summit on the A6 was also tough, again by virtue of the headwind, rain and mist/low cloud. I felt cheated as the conditions denied us a fast decent.

By the middle of the week I felt I had rapidly become stronger.
My legs felt good whilst riding and I didn't ache afterwards.
I had a sore bum though!

The ride through Shropshire, Herefordshire and the Wye Valley was particularly good. The Avonmouth area was the ugliest. Devon and Cornwall was a bit more up and down but quite good fun apart from using long stretches of the A30.

Our arrival at Land's End was great with 50+ friends and family to greet us. We then had good meal and presentation at a hotel in St.Ives.

The ride has given me the confidence to tackle longer MTB events that I have tended to shy away from and I may try and do some longer Cyclosportives. It also makes you appreciate the fantastic efforts of the likes of John Woodburn, Eileen Sheridan, Andy Wilkinson and Gethin Butler in breaking the End2End record over the years, and of course those Twickenham members who did it quicker than me!

Congratulations Richard

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