Southend Wheelers looked back to the successes of the 2019 cycling
season at the Chalkwell Park Rooms at their Annual Dinner and Prize
Presentation last Saturday 1st Feb. The 59 perpetual trophies were
shared out with 19 award winners, although the top three champions
shared 36 trophies between them.
The guests also looked forward to the Club’s centenary in 2023. Two of the trophies date back to 1924, and only one is as old as the Club, the Time Trial Championship cup, first won in the year the club started in 1923.
Paul Hart gave some Elite Time Trialling advice that has taken him to achieve the first ever National Senior Time trial record broken by a Southend Wheeler. As well as collecting the Time Trial Championship cup, the 91st time the title has been awarded, Paul won 7 other Championships, this total equalling the number of open wins he has had in time trialling in 2019.
Katie-Ann Elliston had the biggest trophy haul with 17, and also was lauded for her win in the Welwyn Women’s Track League, 3rd place in the CTT National Junior Girls BAR Competition, and a new CTT National Junior Women record for 30 miles, and 14 Open wins.
Dave Pennington had a trophy haul of 11, including Sunday League Time Trial Champion.
The last trophy of the evening was a volunteer award for the member who made the greatest contribution to the club in the last year, and the Ted Parsons Remembrance Bowl was awarded to Kevin Smith.
For the first time, guests were able to enjoy a montage of all the Trophies and how they are won, which might increase the competition for them in season 2020. The Trophies were presented by Club President Dave Whybrow, no stranger to the Club Trophy table in his long racing career.
2019 Roll of Honour
|2019 Award Winners|