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CYCLING: Reece rides to victory in Witham Wheelers BBQ 10


Week 11 of Witham Wheelers 10 mile time trial league saw dry but tough conditions as a westerly breeze slowed riders on the drag up to turn two.

Quickest on the evening was Reece Egner in 22min 23sec, 15 seconds in front of Karl Baillie, with yonger brother Adam third in 23.27.

On handicap, it was the turn of the ladies as the only ones to improve, with young Evangeline Searle leading the way with a 50 second improvement, a great effort in the conditions. Vicky Saffaris was second with 31 seconds and Tracey George knocked a single second off previous best.

Michael Smalley returned to his winning ways in the veterans’ competition on +3.13, well in front of Stephen Hobday (+1.58) and Tony Hardenberg (+1.44).

After the race, the club held its annual club BBQ with a good turnout of members and friends. This year money from the tickets and raffle went to the New Life Charity specifically to raise funds for Jake Baillie to help purchase an urgently needed specialist bed, as featured recently in the Journal. A total of £550 was raised.

Special thanks to Dave Beckett and Vicky Safarris for spending all day preparing the food and to Chris, Andrea, Donna, Gill and Jessica for helping to make the evening a success.

Results: 1 Reece Egner 22.23, 2 Karl Baillie 22.38, 3 Adam Egner 23.27, 4 Henry Gould 23.58, 5 Stephen Hobday 24.38, 6 Matthew Kingston-Lee 25.05, 7 James Westwood 25.06, 8 Simon Cocker 25.44, 9 Adam Madge 25.50, 10 Michael Smalley 26.01, 11 Mick Egner 26.11, 12 Graham McAndrew 26.20, 13 Tony Hardenberg 26.39, 14 Sean East 26.51, 15 Gary Tudbury 27.16, 16 Lara Thornhill 27.43, 17 Guy Haws 28.23, 18 Jennifer McAndrew 28.24, 19 Wayne Searle 28.44, 20 Oliver Wood 29.42, 21 Tracey George 29.50 pb, 22 Carol Milne 29.53, 23 Stephen Wells 31.15, 24 Vicky Safarris 31.31 pb, 25 Phil Gibson 32.35, 26 Joshua Gibson 32.35, 27 Bill Harrison 32.38, 28 Donna White 33.43, 29 Joanna McGrath 34.13, 30 Isobel Hobday 35.02, 31 Evangeline Searle 36.01 pb, 32 Mike Lewis 37.15, 33 Kerry Munroe 38.15, 34 Suzanne Holdsworth DNF.

l Witham Wheelers brothers Adam and Reece Egner went to Plungar last Wednesday evening to take part in the 35-mile category 3/4 road race.

With only 30 riders turning up on the night, it looked like Reece could get the one point he needed to get his second cat licence.

It was a fast paced race with only a couple of breakaways working for a short while, with Adam and Reece both having several goes off the front. It came back together for a bunch sprint from which Adam went for an early one out of the last village.

He got brought back and managed to finish around 15th place whereas, after getting boxed in, Reece managed to find some space and sprinted all the way up to take his second win of the season – his second in the space of four days – and gain his licence upgrade.

l Sunday morning saw Martin Hedley represent Witham Wheelers in the CTT National 100 Mile TT Championship aat Boroughbridge.

The first and third legs were very tough going, into a strong head wind, with Martin recording 4.41.18.


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