CYCLING: Witham Wheelers prove reliable in the fog

Pea souper: Witham Wheelers emerge from the mists on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

Pea souper: Witham Wheelers emerge from the mists on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

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Conditions for Witham Wheelers’ fifth reliability ride changed overnight, with the frost being replaced by quite thick fog which never really cleared all through Sunday morning.

Luckily, the roads were fairly quiet and, with various lighting combinations, all the riders got round safely in four groups of similar ability, and at good average speeds in damp but wind-free conditions.

The route was quite a testing 48 miles circuit down to Castle Bytham, returning via South Witham.

Taking part were Bill Harrison, John Clifton, John Hill, Julie Clark, Mick Smith, Phil Johnson, Stephen Garton, Vicky Saffaris, B. Stevenson, Gerry Taylor, Ian Metcalfe, Ian Rayson, Russell Newman, Carol Milne, Graham McAndrew, Louise George, Simon Cocker, Tony Mendham, Chris Carter, Crispin Bridges-Webb, Dave Edlin, Ehren Courtman, Jim Lee, Karl Baillie, Llewey Byrne, Martin Milne, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Paul Conneely, Peter Cocker, Reece Egner, Robert McAndrew, Russ Openshaw, Tim Booth, Tony Ablewhite and Tony Swaby.

This Sunday’s route is a rolling 50 miler down towards Rutland Water and back via Cottesmore, with a shorter route also available. First group leaves Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 9am. All welcome. Visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk