CYCLING: Good turnout for latest Witham Wheelers ride

Witham Wheelers enjoy the improved weather conditions. Photo: Alan East

Witham Wheelers enjoy the improved weather conditions. Photo: Alan East

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A significant improvement in the weather conditions from the previous week saw a good turnout for the seventh of the Witham Wheelers reliability rides as 34 riders set out in three ability groups to take on the 63- and 50-mile routes.

It was a reasonably flat circuit heading out to East Heckington, before turning south towards Bourne and back to Grantham via Little Bytham.

With all the groups riding well together, nearly all riders completed at their target speed.

After seven weeks, three newcomers to the rides – Ian Metcalfe, Ian Rayson and Julie Clark – hold pride of place having completed every ride so far, which is a great achievement considering the weather conditions some weeks.

Riders: Anthony Conneely, Ben Stevenson, Bill Harrison, Blake Cowey, Carol Milne, Carl Friskney, Chris Sammler, Crispin Bridges-Webb, Dave Edlin, Dave Miller, Ehren Courtman, Graham McAndrew, Ian Metcalfe, Ian Rayson, Jennifer McAndrew, John Hill, John Scott, Julie Clark, Llewey Byrne, Martin Milne, Matt Knockolds, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Mick Smith, Paul Conneely, Phil Johnson, Robert McAndrew, Rob Johnson, Russ Openshaw, Russell Newman, Stephen Garton, Suzanne Holdsworth, Tim Booth, Tony Swaby, Tracey George.

This Sunday there is a choice of a 62-mile hilly route out to Tilton on the Hill via Melton Mowbray, returning to Grantham via Oakham, with a shorter 50-mile route missing out the hilly Tilton section. The first group leaves Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 8.30am. All welcome. Further details and routes on the club website: www.withamwheelers.co.uk