Wednesday 24th May - Wednesday League, Steeple
On a great night for time trialling we had 5 PBs and 2 CBs (course
bests); leading the way was Peter Stiff with a course best of 23:49 also
good enough for First on Handicap and Vets Age Standard. Charmaine
Sterling was fastest Lady and Clayton Thomas Fastest Junior. John
Gretton, Ross Taylor, Peter Harley, Andy Merchant and Clayton Thomas set
PBs with a Course Best for Julie Kane.
Fastest rider on the night was Tim Torrie of HMT.
May - Maldon 10, Steeple
Jamie Maidment recorded a time of 23:49, fastest rider on the night
was Alex Dowsett with 19:15
Sunday 21st May - Maldon Open 50, Steeple
Chris Smith III beat two hours to record a PB of 1:59:07, good
enough for 4th overall. With only few 50 mile TTs completed, this has
consolidated Chris's position in the Best All Rounder competition.
Saturday 20th May - ECCA Championsip 10,
Six Mile Bottom
Paul Hart and Mick Hennessy were our two entries for this event.
Wednesday 17th May - Wednesday League, East Hanningfield with Essex
Just 6 Wheelers braved the wet weather tonight with Peter Stiff
taking the honours of Fastest Wheeler, First on Handicap and First on
Vets Age Standard. Carol Cartwright was fastest lady on a night where
the Ladies made up half of the field.
Tuesday 16th May - Maldon 10, Steeple
Jamie Maidment recorded a time of 24:19 - pleasingly under the 25
minute mark. Fastest rider on the night beat the 20 minute mark with a
new course record of 19:06. You can probably guess that his name was
Martin Harris Alex Dowsett.
Saturday 6th May - Lea
Valley 10, E2
Mike Hennessy broke his own Age Record for 76 with a stunning time
of 25:41 up at Six Mile Bottom. An excellent ride.
Sunday 14th May - Club Hilly TT, South Hanningfield
After 3 laps of the Hanningfield circuit, Chris Smith III is the
2017 Club Hilly Champion, Peter Stiff was fastest Veteran and Lesley
Pearce fastest Lady. Completing the Hilly is also mandatory for the BAR.
Wednesday 10th May - Wednesday League, Steeple
David Pennington continued his great form with his third Wednesday
victory and sixth of the season so far with a time of 26:30, also good
enough for First on Handicap. Once again Peter Stiff was second, fastest
Veteran and First on Vets Age Standard. Daniel Harley was fastest Junior
and Kate-Ann Elliston fastest Lady. Elsewhere there were 2 Personal
Bests - John Gretton 26:30 and Andy Merchant 28:04. Mick Hennessy's time
of 29:23 is the fastest that the Webmaster has in his archives so could
also be a PB. Fastest rider on the night was James Jenkins of
Richardsons-Trek in 22:09 - a touch slower than Alex Dowsett's 19:27
from ;ast night's Maldon 10.
Sunday 7th May - Maldon 25 Mile TT, Steeple
Chris Smith III was 3rd overall with his Personal Best time of
58:21. Peter Stiff 1:02:52 and Jamie Maidment 1:07:04 were our other two
riders. Fastest rider overall was Colin Ward down in the 52s.
ECCA Festival - a message from our club chairman
IT TRULY IS THE TAKING PART THAT COUNTS!
A very big thank you and well done to everyone who made the time to
support the club by getting involved in the ECCA Festival this past Bank
Holiday Weekend. By marshalling, racing or participating in the
non-competitive events, 29 members and friends helped us amass a very
healthy total of 201 points over the three days. Unfortunately this
wasnít enough to secure a hat-trick of wins in this annual inter-club
competition; although no other clubs fielded a team anywhere near as
numerous, we were beaten into 2nd place by Lea Valley Youth CC who
scored 225 points (all results subject to confirmation).
Todayís showing was particularly impressive; Southend Wheelersís yellow
and black colours predominated at High Easter Village Hall and the ECCA
president was particularly thankful for our support, saying that without
us the Festival would be much the poorer.
Special thanks to Denise Kemp for once again acting as chief motivator
and to Jamie Maidment for his efforts in trying to whip up a meaningful
challenge from other clubs. Extra special thanks to Denise for providing
a seemingly endless supply of delicious fudge and flapjacks!
I appreciate that a Bank Holiday Weekend creates difficulties for some
members, but if you didnít take part this year, please consider how you
might get involved next year and help us take back the trophy. After
all, us grown-ups (with apologies to Katie-Ann!) donít wonít to be
beaten again because of our inability to field any competitors in the
youth and junior events!
Terry Butcher Ė Club Chairman
Picture: Southend Wheelers at High Easter Village Hall. (Adrian
Wednesday 3rd May - Wednesday League, East Hanningfield with Essex
Fresh from his treble at the ECCA Festival, David Pennington was
fastest Wheelers around the East Hanningfield with a time of 24:20, also
good enough for First on Handicap. Peter Stiff was Fastest Veteran and
First on Vets Age Standards. Katie-Ann Elliston was Fastest Lady.
Fastest rider on the night was James Jenkins of Richardsons-Trek with a
time of 24:05 on a road bike.
Monday 1st May - Mike Dixie 10 Mile Time Trial
Ian Mackenzie recorded a time of 31:04, which is his fastest time since
at least 2012 (that is as far back as the Webmaster's results go!).
He also recorded a time of 1:27:45 for the 25 Mile TA Eastern Time
Trial. Both times were, of course, on his trike.
Monday 1st May - ECCA Festival 100km Randonee, High Easter
For those not suited to Racing and Time Trialling, the Randonee
gives club members another way to earn Festival Points for the Southend
Wheelers. The route heads East from High Easter to Great Leighs, then
South to the familiar territory of Boreham, East Hanningfield and Stow
Maries before heading North up Hagg Hill, passed chez-Dowsett to Utling
then North-East to Kelvedon before turning West back to High Easter via
Silver End, Cressing and Felsted.
An interesting day was had with the large group consisting of Adrian &
Carol Cartwright, Jane and Martin Harris, Andy Merchant, Cheryl Perry,
Julie Kane, Lesley Pearce, Dave Whybrow and Andy Merchant (Dan Jenkins
rode the event solo - apologies to other Wheelers not mentioned).
There was a brief shower early on but it was dry for the rest of the
day, with the weather getting better as the day progressed. Martin had a
puncture about 6 miles in but didn't quite fit the tyre properly, though
well enough to prevent any pinching before fixing it properly later.
Lesley had a mechanical (or shall we call it an electrical) and had to
call out International Rescue (Peter Stiff) who had his inter-Time Trial
recovery period interrupted with a rescue mission to the Peartree Tea
Rooms and Julie had a minor incident on Hag Hill for the second
year running. Overall a great route and we got back to High Easter to
share Festival Stories with our time-trialling buddies.
Nothing confirmed yet but the early indications are that we have not
done enough to the retain the Festival Trophy.
Monday 1st May - ECCA Festival 10 Mile Time Trial,
This race is also part of the Sunday League and we have another good
showing with 9 entries.
David Pennington was fastest Wheeler and 3rd overall as well as
recording the fastest time of the season so far in 22:05. Peter Stiff
was fastest Vet in second place with 24:28. Denise Kemp was fastest Lady
and also making Festival Appearances for us were Barry Simpson, John
Gretton, Terry Butcher and Chris Smith (snr).
Monday 1st May - ECCA Festival 5 Mile Time Trial, High Easter
Surely this is a Prologue rather than a Time Trial? Anyway 10 of the
23 entries are Southend Wheelers
David Pennington: 9:55 (3rd overall)
Peter Stiff: 10:34 (Fastest SW Vet)
Barry Simpson: 11:02
Jamie Maidment: 11:02
John Gretton: 11:41
Jan Harvey: 12:21 (Fastest SW Lady)
Chris Smith (snr): 12:39
Terry Butcher: 12:41
Arthur Knowler: 12:48
Monday 1st May - ECCA Festival 14 Mile Time Trial, High Easter
Southend Wheelers have one Ladies Team in the Gentlemen's 2-Up and
six solos on the Start Sheet
David Pennington: 33:01
Jamie Maidment: 35:26
Peter Stiff: 35:56
Terry Butcher: 43:36
Arthur Knowler: 43:46
Denise Kemp & Jan Harvey 2-Up: 41:43
Sunday 30th April - ECCA Festival 25 Mile Time Trial, Hatfield
This race is part of the Sunday League and the Southend Wheelers
have 5 solo entries and one 2-Up on the start sheet.
On a very windy day, Chris Smith III was the only Wheeler to break the
hour, recording a PB of 59:13. Peter Stiff was a little way back on
1:03:51, Jamie Maidment 1:04:29 and Denise Kemp 1:14:04. Our 2-Up Team
of Barry Simpson and Katie-Ann Elliston were 1:08:41.
Sunday 30th April - ECCA Festival Road Race E123, Hatfield Heath
Paul Hart is our sole entry in this race but we do have Simon
Alexander, Kieran Brady and Luke Hattersley of Richardsons-Trek to cheer
on as well.
Unfortunately Paul Hart DNS.
Sunday 30th April - ECCA Festival Map Reading Competition
Unfortunately Southend United's final game of the season (well maybe
not, the play-offs are still a possibility) has meant that Team Harris
and Team Cartwright are not entering the competition this year.
Saturday 29th April - ECCA Festival Road Races, Hog Hill
The 2017 ECCA Festival kicks off with the Junior Road Races at Hog Hill
with the Southend Wheelers represented by Katie-Ann Elliston.
Katie-Ann was 6th overall but more importantly 3rd from the ECCA
qualified clubs. A great result, especially as she was taking part in
the track league last night.
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