CYCLING: Sidwells is guest of honour at Witham Wheelers awards

Witham Whieelers life members Christine Edwards, Janet East and Alan East, along with Loz Willetts (pictured below) who was also awarded with Club Person of the Year. Photo: Alan East
Witham Whieelers life members Christine Edwards, Janet East and Alan East, along with Loz Willetts (pictured below) who was also awarded with Club Person of the Year. Photo: Alan East
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Witham Wheelers’ annual prize presentation and dinner took place at Belton Park Golf Club, with more than 90 club members and guests enjoying the evening organised by Janet East and Christine Edwards.

Following the meal there was a question and answer session with guest speaker Chris Sidwells.

Chris is a cycling journalist who has written many books on a wide range of biking topics, making regular contributions to a variety of magazines. He has interviewed many famous riders, including Lance Armstrong and Eddy Merkx, so he was able to give a lot of interesting insights on a variety of current and past issues.

This part of the evening could probably have gone on for several hours on its own but eventually Tony Mendham, the evening’s master of ceremonies, managed to draw it to a close so that the awards for the 2014 season could be presented.

Simon Cocker announced the winners and Chris presented the awards, with the main recipient of the evening being John Pilgrim who took seven time trial trophies.

Other notable achievements included Martin Hedley who won the 100-mile TT award, the first club rider to complete the distance since 2001.

The Egner family won seven awards between them and Jennifer McAndrew received a special award in recognition of her success in winning several national junior time trial awards.

Louise George won the inaugural ladies’ 25-mile TT award.

Of the awards decided by the committee, Heidi Moulds won the most improved rider in recognition of the great strides she has taken in two years, from hardly riding a bike to competing in cyclo-cross, time trials and regular coaching sessions at Fulbeck. Suzanne Holdworth won the merit award for organising and leading the weekly Saturday club social rides, and the young personality award went to Max and Leo Moore for their enthusiasm at whatever activity they have taken part in.

The Jack O’Connor clubperson of the year award, voted on by the members on the evening, went to Loz Willetts.

There was then a special presentation of club life membership certificates to Alan and Janet East, Loz Willetts and Christine Edwards in recognition of the support they have given the club for many years, without which many of the club activities would not take place.

Awards: G. S. Mallett Senior BAR - John Pilgrim 4:25:37, Handicap BAR - John Pilgrim 2:08:50, Veteran BAR - Rick Yates +43.50, Junior BAR - Reece Egner 1:44:50, John Edwards Juvenile BAR - Adam Egner 1:51:44, 100 Mile Cup - Martin Hedley 4:54:00, K. F. Baker 50 Mile Cup - Rick Yates 1:51:49, 30 Mile Champion Shield - John Pilgrim 1:11:26, 25 Mile Champion Shield - Gary Symons 58:41, 10 Mile Senior Male Champion Shield - Karl Hunt 23:07, 10 Mile Junior Champion Award - Reece Egner 24:33, H. K. James 10 Mile Juvenile Champion Cup - Adam Egner 24:55, Ladies’ Championship 10 Mile Shield - Jennifer McAndrew 26:34, Fastest 25 Mile of the Year Shield - John Pilgrim 54:54, W. Harris 25 Mile Handicap Cup - Gary Symons 56:26, Fred Branston Three Distance Trophy - John Pilgrim 2:09:08, 10 Mile Male Handicap League Cup - Mark Bailey 180pt, 10 Mile League Award on scratch - John Pilgrim 231pt, Juvenile 10 Mile League on handicap, boy or girl - Ehren Courtman 120pt, John Edwards Ladies’ 10 Mile League Cup - Vicky Safaris 120pt, Veteran 10 Mile League on standard, men or women - Rick Yates 238pt, Circuit Time Trial award - John Pilgrim 1:10:23, Road Race Champion Cup - Jennifer McAndrew, Veteran Road race - Dave Moulds, Barkston Heath Cup Youth Road Race Cup - Robert McAndrew 10pt, Senior Cyclo-cross - Sean East 259pt, Junior Cyclo-cross - Reece Egner 30pt, Juvenile Cyclo-cross - Robert McAndrew 438pt, U12 Cyclo-cross - Jessica East 15pt, Don Ray Senior Hill Climb Cup - Peter Watson 3:11, Junior Hill Climb Award - Juvenile Hill Climb - Adam Egner 2:58, Veteran Hill Climb - James Westwood 3:37, Freewheel - Mick Egner, John Edwards Memorial Open 10 - Karl Hunt 22:23; Committee Awards: Tourist Trophy - John Pygott, Most Improved Rider - Heidi Moulds, Merit Award - Suzanne Holdsworth, Jade Ostler Young Personality - Max and Leo Moore, Jack O’Connor Club Person of the Year - Loz Willets.