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CYCLING: Witham Wheelers finish third at Heckington Show

Witham Wheelers grasstrackers at Heckington Show. Photo: Alan East
Witham Wheelers grasstrackers at Heckington Show. Photo: Alan East

Witham Wheelers took part in a great day of grasstrack racing in front of the usual large and enthusiastic crowd around the main arena at Heckington Show on Saturday.

There were six teams of six riders in total, each required to have a mix of boys and girls and age categories. Witham Wheelers were represented by Robert McAndrew U16, Ehren Courtman U16, Sam Trotter U14, Josh Kettle U14, Amy Kolbert U10 and Ethen Squires U10.

Each rider rode three events starting with a sprint, followed by a team sprint with each team starting together with the lead rider doing half a lap before peeling off, and finishing off with a scratch race. All riders scored points in every event, ensuring that every place was keenly contested.

With two strong squads of experienced riders from Bourne, the mixed Witham Wheelers were always going to be up against it, but just lost out on second place by two points.

l Two club riders managed to get in the Team Jaden 10-mile time trial on the super fast South Cave course, near Hull, on Saturday afternoon.

An incredibly popular course, the event closed on riders quicker than 21 minutes.

Despite windy conditions, Gary Symons managed a 20:22 (one second slower than his personal best) for 51st oveall. The westerly wind was increasing throughout the event and as almost the last rider to go, he claimed he got the worst of it.

Clubmate John Pilgrim was slightly quicker in 20:12 for 42nd overall.

Overall winner David Crawley in a super quick 18.27, while Hayley Simmonds broke the ladies’ competition record with 19.31.

On Sunday, Gary rode the VTTA 25 on the E2/25 course. With pretty good conditions but tired legs, he still managed a 50-second PB with a time of 53:48, finishing 11th out of 116.

l Peter Cocker (Giant Rutland Wattbike) continued his busy road racing programme with sixth place in the E/1/2/3 category circuit race promoted by Barnsley RC at Sheffield on Saturday afternoon.

He followed that up by taking his fourth win out of six events in the Tuesday evening Harvey Hadden circuit race league for 2/3 categories.

With the points from these two events, Peter now has the 200 points this season necessary for him to regain his first category British Cycling racing licence, was one of his main targets of the year.


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