CYCLING: Riders prove reliability in rain

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THIRTY-six riders took part in Witham Wheelers’ ninth reliability ride of the winter.

The full distance took in a hilly 63-mile route to Melton, Tilton on the Hill and back via Oakham, with shorter routes of 38 and 56 miles another option.

Early morning sunshine lulled riders into a false sense of security, with steady rain hitting the riders around Melton and stayed with them to the finish, making for a cold, wet ride and a real sense of achievement on completion. Hot drinks and cake at the finish were especially welcome.

Riders and average speeds (mph): Adam Egner 11.6 Tony Hardenberg 11.6 John Hill 11.6 Christine Hill 11.6 Cameron Bibby DNF John Clifton 14.7 Robert Duckett-Smith 14.7 Reece Egner 14.7 Mick Egner 14.7 Bill Harrison 14.7 David Hoskins 14.7 Mike Lewis 13.2 Martin Lister 14.7 Carol Milne 14.7 Matt Pennifold 14.7 Steve Pullinger 14.7 Celia White 14.7 Karl Baillie 16.8 Clive Baillie 16.8 Harry Browning 15.8 Simon Cocker 16.8 Leighton Davies 16.8 John Farmer 16.8 Martin Milne 16.8 Dave Moulds 16.8 John Pygott 16.8 Andrew Shore 16.8 Dave Strickson 17.6 Dean Toon 14.9 Robert Warner DNF Phil Atherton 16.8 Peter Cocker DNF Paul Conneely 18.0 Phil Etches 18.0 Tony Mendham 16.0 Ross Tomblin 17.3

l The Sunday’s ride will offer three distances of around 40, 50 and 70 miles, to suit all abilities, based on a route to Colston Bassett, Waltham and Castle Bytham. The group will leave Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse Lane at 8.30am.