CYCLING: Coleman sets new personal best 10

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TOP ‘tester’ Jim Coleman recorded a new personal best time for a 10-mile time trial in the City RC Hull open event on Good Friday.

The renowned super-fast out-and-back course suited Witham Wheeler Jim’s style and the race attracted some of the fastest riders in the country to South Cave.

Jim was hoping for a top 10 finish and succeeded by recording a nippy 19min 33sec to take ninth place. The event was won by Michael Hutchinson in an astounding 18.04 – just seven seconds shy of his own UK competition record.

l Witham Wheelers youngsters took part in the East Midlands Youth Circuit Race Championships at Ollerton on Sunday.

In the combined CDE race, Adam Egner rode well but couldn’t stay with the fast pace set by the leading riders, while Kerrigan Robb placed second in the under-10 age category. In Youth B (under-14s), Karl Baillie rode strongly at the front throughout but lost out in the sprint finish to finish fourth overall – but it was good enough to take the medal for first East Midlands boy. Adam finished the race well but was outside the medal positions

A field of more than 30 riders contested Youth A (under 16s) including Wheelers Peter Cocker, Harry Browning and Cameron Bibby. Peter finished sixth overall in the bunch sprint and fourth East Midlands rider. The result confirmed his place in the East Midlands team for the three-day Inter-Regional Championships at Perth in July.

Harry finished strongly after finding the initial pace a little too quick and Cameron rode a steady race.

gaining experience in only his second race.

l Peter Cocker won his first hard track race in the Youth Omnium event at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

He had a slow start, finishing fifth in the one-lap time trial and seventh in the sprint. But he improved as the distances increased, taking third in the five-lap handicap and winning by a tyre’s width in the seven-lap scratch race to give him overall victory.

l Ten members of Witham Wheelers rode the Sleaford Wheelers Charity 10 on Saturday.

Jim Coleman just missed out on victory, finishing one second adrift of winner Tony Nash in 21.16.

Others: Chris Carter 23.11, Neil Sentence 23.29, Bill Harrison 24.32, Toby Kiely 25.08, Martin Hedley 25.14, Kim Paxton 26.19, Martin Lister 26.40, Mike Lewis 27.52, Ian Clark 28.49.

l Peter Cocker went up against some of the top youth riders in the country in a 90-minute support race to the Melton Classic at Owston last Sunday.

After dropping off a 15-man break, Peter finished a respectable 18th from a full field of 50 riders.

l Thirty-seven riders lined up for the fourth round of Witham Wheelers’ 10-mile handicap time trial league in Gorse Lane.

Jim Coleman was quickest with the fast improving Peter Cocker second in 23min 36sec. Winner on handicap was Mick Egner who leads the league overall with 18 points from John Farmer on 13.

Results: Jim Coleman 21:19 1, Peter Cocker 23:36 2, Dave Strickson 23:54 3, Bill Harrison 24:39 4, Toby Kiely 25:04 5, Martin Hedley 25:21 6, Chris Crawford 25:36 7, Dave Reeves 25:41 8, Jason Harlock 25:51 9, Karl Baillie 25:52 10, Peter Barnes 26:08 11, Dave Ashby 26:11 12, Martin Harlock 26:22 13, Harry Browning 26:29 14, Ashley Money 26:37 15, Steve Lord 26:45 17, Simon Cocker 26:45 16, Martin Milne 27:05 18, Patrick Cutmore 27:14 19, Mick Egner 27:15 20, Kevin Flint 27:24 21, Lara Thornhill 27:26 22, Carl Jennings 27:39 23, Matt Pennifold 27:43 24, John Farmer 28:00 25, Ian Simpson 28:04 26, Reece Egner 28:24 27, Gavin Dowsett 28:47 28, Peter Jennings 29:13 29, James Carter 29:21 30, Daniel Jennings 29:24 31, Carol Milne 31:27 32, Tony Hardenberg 32:11 33, Dave Beckett 33:02 34, Michael Smalley 33:51 35, Karen Crawford 35:13 36, A. Knightall 38:55 37.