CYCLING: Witham Wheelers triumph in inter-club 25

Karl Baillie
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Witham Wheelers promoted the annual Jack O’Connor Inter-club 25-mile time trial on the Sleaford-Osbournby-Donnington course last Tuesday.

Racing against riders from Newark Castle, VC Lincoln and Sleaford Wheelers, Witham Wheelers’ youngsters stepped up the mark, not only winning the trophy for the club but also filling the top three places.

In warm, dry conditions, with only a light northerly breeze slowing riders, times were generally fast. Eighteen-year-old Peter Cocker (Team Forme), riding second claim for the Grantham club, led the way by recording a three minute improvement on his previous best for the distance, clocking a rapid 56min 54sec.

Nineteen-year-old triathlon specialist Patrick Cutmore improved by two minutes in 57.52, with 16-year-old Karl Baillie also beating his previous best with 58.05. Fourth counter for the team was veteran Martin Hedley in 1.02.50.

Other club riders winning prizes on the night were Jennifer McAndrew (first lady) in 1.08.16, Paul Conneely (first handicap) 1.04.34/52.37, Reece Egner (first juvenile) in 1.04.10, plus various age group winners and many other riders recording personal bests.

Other times: John Farmer 1.03.16, Mark Kokocinski 1.03.13, Pete Watson 1.03.40, Bill Harrison 1.03.40, Martin Milne 1.04.15, Jon Beere 1.04.33, James Westwood 1.05.16, Dave Moulds 1.05.47, Mick Egner 1.06.37, Dave Herd 1.07.14, Simon Cocker 1.09.43, Paul Fairey 1.09.44, Michael Smalley 1.11.10, Adam Egner 1.15.09, Trevor White 1.15.20, Carol Milne 1.16.12.