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Puncture denies Witham Wheelers the trophy




Despite some great rides by everyone on Thursday evening, Witham Wheelers felt robbed after fast man John Pilgrim suffered an early puncture.

This effectively meant that instead of winning the men's Inter-Club 25-mile Time Trial trophy this year by a couple of minutes, they lost it by some three minutes to VC Lincoln.

With Newark back in the frame promoting this year on the fast A46 dual carriageway course from Newark to the Stragglethorpe intersection, there was the potential for some fast times.

Gary Symons led the way for the Wheelers, finishing in 55min 46sec, backed up by Stephen Hobday who went under the hour for the first time in an excellent 58:16, as did Paul Pearson in 59:42, with Henry Gould just outside the hour in 1:00:40

There were also some excellent rides by the Wheelers ladies, Louise George finishing first in 1:04:52, with Tracey George (1:06:09) and Julie Clark (1:10:05) coping well with their first rides on a dual carriageway course.

Others: Simon Cocker 1:01:18, Michael Smalley 1:01:45, James Westwood 1:03:09, Tony Hardenberg 1:03:09, Russell Newman 1:09:03, John Scott 1:14:14.



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