Press Report for June

The 4th of June saw the Stretford Wheelers CC 25mile TT on J2/9 fastest of congleton riders in a superb time was Mike Jones in 59:14, other riders were Dave Farrington 1:00:10,  Steve Sladin 1:02:46, Kelvin Milward 1:02:53,  Dunc………

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Cheshire East Tour of Britain Charity Sportive, promoted by Congleton Cycling Club

Sportive ad.v1186 Miles with over 5000 feet of climbing. The route follows some of the roads and all the climbs which the 2016 Tour of Britain stage 3 will be following two days later.

Event Date: Sunday 4th September 2016

Event HQ:  Congleton High School, Box Lane, Congleton CW12 4NS

Sign on: from 07:30. Group starts from 08:00 until 09:00

Enter today: HERE

Entry Fee £25 with all profits going to our two chosen charities:

  1.   Children’s Adventure Farm Trust who provide a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. www.caft.co.uk
  2.   North West Air Ambulance provides the rapid pre-hospital care needed to make a life changing difference, and has been influential in helping save the lives of some cyclists in our area. https://nwaa.net/

 Rewards:

  • Stunning views
  • Route includes all the main features of TOB stage 3
  • Some of the best cycling lanes in the country
  • Famous Cheshire landmarks such as Jodrell Bank, Tatton Park and the Cheshire Peak District
  • Fast sweeping descents
  • Iconic Brickworks and Cat & Fiddle Climbs

Entry Includes:

  • Event souvenir
  • Chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Downloadable Certificate
  • 2 Feed Stations
  • Medical support
  • Mobile Mechanic Support
  • Fully way marked route.
  • Downloadable GPX/TCX Files
  • Refreshments after the ride
  • Free parking

Event Sponsors: Cyclestore.co.uk

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Press Report – 9/6/16

May started on a sunday with unsurprisingly a sunday ride!, numbers were down as the club had organised a weekend away in Yorkshire, unfortunately the weather wasnt kind to the visiting rider Mark and the 3 club members as it barely stopped raining for the full ride, the destination was The Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall.

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Jill, John, Mark & Rowland

The Yorkshire weekend was a great success as well as some beautiful scenery to ride in for the 16 members that took part, it was organised to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire is organised by the Tour de France organisers, and is fast becoming one of world’s top three day races. There were several World Tour Teams and many of the world’s top 100 cyclists competing along with all of the best British teams.

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May saw the ramping up of the racing season with many members taking part in Time Trials external to the club, in addition to our hosted events which on the 3rd May was on the Chelford J2/1 course it was a ‘fast’ night with several riders reporting PB’s, taking the honours for the fastest on the evening was Ben Norbury  in a PB of 21:24 second and third of the Congleton riders was David Farrington 23:23 (PB) and Rob Dale 23:34. Top lady was Sue Blake in 28:20 from Polly Wilding 28:56 (PB) and Denise Hurst 29:31.

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Denise Hurst

The Gawsworth JC/5 coursed hosed the 10 mile time trial on the 10th May, the weather was very windy and heavy rain had been forecast which affected the amount of riders, having the smallest entry for years. Ben Norbury on super form took the honours  with another PB of 21:21. Stephen jackson was second with 24:17 and third placed Congleton rider was Kelvin Milward with 25:50.

Best of the Congleton ladies was Polly Wilding in 29:09 whilst Lesley Norbury came in with 32:01 having stopped in the first mile and then completed the ride with broken cleat on her shoe!

Saturday social ride saw a new destination on the 14th may to Cudmore Lakes, Ten riders set off including three guests, Tim Clifford, Andy Wolstenholme and Richard Tadman whom we hope will become new members. We found Greg Spencer at the cafe when we arrived.

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The Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course was host for the 10 mile time trial on the 17th May, early riders off remained dry but the later riders were hit with heavy rain and strong side wind, the first 4 places were taken by visitors, best Congleton rider was David Farrington in a PB 22:56, followed by Pete Tatton in 23:48 and Paul Dentith in 24:18. Fastest Congleton lady was Denise Hurst with 29:49 from Lesley Norbury 30:01.

Ben Norbury edged a little closer to breaking the 21 minute barrier with another PB 21:14 in Gawsworth’s JC/5 10 mile time trail on 24th May edging out the returning Steve Hulme 21:57, third of the Congleton riders was Charlie Evans in 22:59.

Best lady was junior Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/Congleton CC) in 28:35 from Denise Hurst 29:41, and Lesley Norbury 30:34.  Rob Waghorn has been riding a retuning year, and since the season started he’s been improving week in week out so was delighted to achieve a PB of 30:43.

The last sunday ride of the month was a cooker being the warmest day of the year, six riders headed out on a hilly ride to Jacksons Garden Centre, Bagnall in Staffordshire taking in some quiet and beautiful villages.

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Rowland enjoying a light bite!

The final time trial of the month was on the 31st May, and was switched to the Holmes Chapel JC/27 course due to a partial road clash with another club, great organisation skills ensured it was carried out smoothly with great support and help from the volunteers. There was a strong head wind to the turn and Holmes Chapel which slowed riders down, Ben Norbury recorded the fastest time of 21:41, just a day after recording a first ever 100 mile time of 4:01:50 in the Anfield 100. Next fastest Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:28 and Adam Spittle 24:25.  Congleton best lady was Sue Blake 28:04 followed by Denise Hurst with 28:51 and Lesley Norbury 29:56. Lesley had recorded a maiden 50 mile time of 2:40:05 in the Warrington RC event at the weekend.

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Club 10. 31/5/16 – Congleton JC27

Mark Lovatt. Best Road Bike.

Mark Lovatt. Best Road Bike.

Last Tuesday’s Club 10 was run on the Congleton to Holmes Chapel road JC27 course after an event clash at Chelford forced a move from the scheduled event on J2/1.
In windy conditions, Ben Norbury recorded a winning time of 21:41, just a day after recording a first ever 100 mile time of 4:01:50 in the Anfield 100. Second on the night was Chris Quin (Macclesfield Wheelers, with Rich Bowditch (Lyme RC third. Next fastest Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:28 and Adam Spittle 24:25.
Best lady was Claire Harrison (Vision Racing) in 24:47 from Sue Blake 28:04 and Sally Birchall (Lyme RC) 28:05. The next two Congleton ladies were Denise Hurst with 28:51 and Lesley Norbury 29:56. Lesley had recorded a maiden 50 mile time of 2:40:05 in the Warrington RC event at the weekend.
Fastest Road Bike (no tri bars), was one of our most famous “exports”, Mark Lovatt (Planet X) with 23:19

A full result of tonight’s event can be seen by HERE

Ken Norbury’s photos of the event can be seen HERE (thanks Ken)

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CHANGE FOR TONIGHT’S TT

PLEASE NOTE – AND PASS ON IF YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH ANY REGULAR RIDERS
Tonight’s club 10 has been switched from the Chelford based J2/1 to the Congleton based JC27 course on the Holmes Chapel Road.
This is because of an event clash at Chelford. All other details as before. Sign on near Blackfirs Lane from 18:30. First rider 19:16

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Club Evening TT 10 miles JC/5 -24/5/15

Rob Waghorn. Best on handicap

Rob Waghorn. Best on handicap

Ben Norbury edged a little closer to breaking the 21 minute barrier with a PB 21:14 in last Tuesday’s 10 mile TT at Gawsworth. He beat Steve Hulme, back after a few weeks out with 21:57. Colin Lynch (Manchester Wheelers) was third in 22:20, a week after claiming two silver medals (Road Race and TT), in the Paracycling World Cup in Belgium. Third of the Congleton riders was Charlie Evans in 22:59.
Best lady was junior Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/Congleton CC) in 28:35 from Denise Hurst 29:41, and Lesley Norbury 30:34.
Best on Handicap with another comeback year PB of 30:43 was Rob Waghorn.
For the full result click HERE.

See Ken Norbury’s photos HERE Thanks Ken.

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Tuesday night 10 JC27- 17/5/16

David Farrington on his PB ride. (photo by Ken Norbury

David Farrington on his PB ride. (photo by Ken Norbury)

Only the first few finishers got home in the dry in last week’s 10 mile TT on the Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course. The first 4 places were taken by visitors.
In first place was Joe Brennan (Pro Vision C.C.) in 22:20 with the top three completed by Jon White (Pro Vision C.C.) and Alex McNicol (VC Moulin). Best Congleton rider was David Farrington, 5th in a PB 22:56, following on from a PB 25 mile time of 59:29 in the M & DTTA championship on Saturday. Next Congleton riders were Pete Tatton in 23:48 and Paul Dentith in 24:18.
Fastest Congleton lady was Denise Hurst with 29:49 from Lesley Norbury 30:01 (also did a PB 25 of 1:15 in the M and D event). Lucy Rogers (unattached) recorded 24:39 on a road bike.
Junior Arron Mansell riding with his dad stopped the watch on 25:27 and novice junior Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision C.C. showed great promise with 27:10 in his first ever TT.
Regular first place rider Ben Norbury (resting tonight) ahead of a SPOCO league event tomorrow, did a 54:54 PB in the M and D championship 25 on Saturday.

For the full result click HERE

For Ken Norbury’s photos click HERE – Thanks Ken

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Tuesday Night 10 10/5/16

Dean Roberts waiting to start

Dean Roberts waiting to start

Last Tuesday’s 10 at Gawsworth had a small (smallest for some years), but select field and rewarded riders with some good points in the club league.
Ben Norbury followed up his superb PB in Saturdays Dukinfield 50 (1:53:31) with another PB in the 10 of 21:21. Stephen jackson was second with 24:17 and Rich Coates (Leek C.C.) third with 24:38. Third place in the club league tonight, went to Kelvin Milward with 25:50.
Best of the Congleton ladies was Polly Wilding in 29:09 whilst Lesley Norbury came in with 32:01 having stopped in the first mile and then completed the ride with broken cleat on her shoe!
Dean Roberts  improved by 3 minutes on last week but was beaten in the race on handicap by Rob Waghorn, riding his second 10 of the week, Ben Norbury, Stephen Jackson and Polly Wilding.

Full Result HERE

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Tuesday Night 10 J2/1 3rd May 2016

Ben Norbury on his way to fastest time

Ben Norbury on his way to fastest time

Last Tuesday nights 10 at Monks Heath had 32 riders. In cool but pretty good conditions there were some good rides and several reported PB’s.
Ben Norbury was one, in 21:24 which won from Joe Brennan 22:17 and Jon White 22:31 (both Pro Vision C.C.). Second and third Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:23 (PB) and Rob Dale 23:34. Top lady was Sue Blake in 28:20 from Polly Wilding 28:56 (PB) and Denise Hurst 29:31.
New members, Phil Savage (25:22) and Steve Smith (27:10 road bike), rode their first events with us.
For full result click HERE.

Event Photos by Ken Norbury

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Club 10 26/4/16 Gawsworth JC/5

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AP, Phil and Sam start timekeeping and pushing off.

Well what a difference a week can make, having being greeted at the sign in with near freezing temperatures, strong wind and hail in contrary to last weeks early summer.

Naturally it had an impact on the size of the field having only 26 riders,  despite that the winds dropped for the first rider at 19:00 although many riders had lots of layers on at the start line and trembling riders and volunteers was a common site.

At the finish line some riders reported it wasn’t too bad out there, a slight head wind on the return leg, but in general most riders times were between 30s and a minute slower than normal.

Top four spots were taken by members  Ben Norbury 21:30, Steve Hulme 22:55, Mike Jones 23:18 and Rob Dale 23:25.  Three ladies took part Sue Blake 30:02, Polly Wilding 30:40 and Lesley Norbury 30:49.

Well done all riders, Ben Norburys time of 2s off his PB was impressive, also noteworthy Mark Nicholls now riding for Pro Vision has PB’d last two weeks, and many thanks to his lady wife who rescued Lee Wood after his flat tyre.

Thanks to Roy Hayhurst for all his efforts in coordinating the event and all the volunteers that are needed, and to those volunteers and marshals for standing out in the cold and hail, thank you for your dedication.

Adrian Pennington

Official results can be seen here

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Press Report 21/04/16

March saw the annual Hilly 33 mile reliability ride with around 1400 meters of climbing which tested the legs of the 14 starters with about a dozen stiff climbs on a route taking in Cloudside, Rushton Spencer, Danebridge, Wincle, Sutton, Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough and Bosley Wood Treatment. There were a few punctures and some slight variations of route, but all got round safely. First back were Steve Hulme with guest rider David Bayes in an impressive 2 hours and 11 minutes. The photos shows……

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Club 10 19/4/16 Gawsworth JC/5

Polly Wilding

Polly Wilding starting PB run

Our first event this year on JC5 took place last night, the 42 riders were met by beautiful weather, a light north easterly breeze and warm 17 degrees.

The conditions certainly helped as some fast times were recorded a number of which were PB’s, top of the table with a course PB of 21:25 was Ben Norbury, followed by Steve Hulme 22:28 and Matt Stephenson 22:40 (Wills Wheels), third best CCC rider Rob Dale 23:03.

Fastest amongst the ladies was Sue Blake 28:02, followed by Polly Wilding, PB 29:52 and Lesley Norbury 30:02

We had two “2 up’s” last night, the fastest in a scorching time of 23:20 was Liz Mathison and Mark Turnbull (Leigh Premier RC), the second was as equally impressive 12 year old Aaron & Dad, Mick Mansell (Lyme RC) in a PB 25:14.

Whilst its hard to single riders out when all had done so well,  but Mark Allen achieving 23:18 is brilliant and I’m sure a PB.

Well done to all riders.

Safety was once again paramount with clear signage and marshals highly visible on course mainly down to the organisational instructions left by Bob Norton club chairman, ably carried out by the team lead by Roy Hayhurst, some trying roles they hadn’t done before, all did an excellent job.

Tea and biscuits were provided, and kind comments were received from riders on the quality of the event.

Once again Congleton CC is excelling in the promotion and deivery of time trials amongst the local club scene.

Full results can be seen here

A static start line camera recording real time HD can be seen here.

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Congratulations Champ!

During this weeks Paracycling Track Worlds held at Montichiari in Italy, Club member and Team GB ‘Mega’ Megan Giglia took part in 3 events , 3km pursuit, 500m TT  and , 40 lap Scratch Race.

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In qualification for the 3km pursuit Megan broke the World Record, and later that day took the Gold Medal.

Next day took Gold in the 500m TT also breaking the World Record,  Megans time of  41.761 seconds surpassed the previous world record of 42.955 held by the USA’s Jamie Whitmore Cardenas, who finished third,  Megans time was sell ahead of the silver medal placed Denise Schindler (43.159) of Germany.

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Her final event a 40 lap Scratch race she took 6th place being understandable tired.

Amazing we are all delighted for her, very well done indeed.

 

 

 

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Bike Maintenance 6 of 6 – Headsets and Bottom Brackets

Calling all members for support “Your bottom bracket needs you!”

The last bike maintenance night wasn’t well attended, I know we all have busy lives but come on down, its what you asked for as part of the members survey! This week the mysterious and dark art of bottom brackets will be explored and Headset adjustment & lubrication.

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Changing bottom bracket bearings come on down and learn how with a few tools we can do some jobs ourselves which is so satisfying :-)

 

 

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Jan Feb News 2016

This is a part of Adrian Penningtons recent press report.

65 RT Ben Norbury leads a group

65 RT Ben Norbury leads a group

The first reliability ride of 2016 took place in late January, a stunning turnout of 83 riders.

 There were a number of possible rides which were accompanied with a route card,  26 miles, 49 miles and differing speed choices. Riders were let off in phases re the volume of riders, with the furthest distance and fastest group first.
The weather was surprisingly warm, lots of muddy faces returned to the Rugby club and smiles told us it had been fun ride with something for all.
The clubs second reliability ride took place early February
The second event was 65miles and again of different speeds, riders were blessed with fabulous but chilly weather and many reported enjoying the ride, some adventurous riders claimed they got a good work out from picking one of the the fast paced groups and pushing on as hard as they could.The third reliability trial, took place mid February which was a ride of 100 miles.  Thirty five riders took the circular route around south Cheshire and North Shropshire.  The wet forecast thankfully didn’t materialise but the wind certainly did, the route out was into the strong head wind but naturally, and ideally as legs become tired, the tail wind helped all riders return.

Many riders were out for up to 8 hours, deciding they didn’t want that the Tandem pairing of Mark Tilstone and Sue Blake (photographed above in the 65 mile event) made it back in the least time, a great ride well done to them.
It was another successful event in no small part to the volunteers at the Rugby Club base and those providing refreshments en route, a number of riders commented on the quality of the support (and cake!) many thanks to them.
Read the full report HERE
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Congleton start for Stage 3 of the 2016 Tour of Britain

Theo-155_rdax_999x568_75The Tour of Britain race route was announced yesterday. Congleton is the start of stage 3 on September 6th.
The route looks like it goes out through Alsager, Nantwich, Middlewich, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, Chelford, Tatton Park and then a loop through Macclesfield, Cat and Fiddle, Algreave Bosley and back to finish in Tatton Park. Its a great tour around Cheshire East.

The club will be planning some promotional events in the run up to the Tour. To be involved from the start, come to the Beartown Tap, Willow Street on March 3rd, where we will be holding a preliminary planning meeting.

An overview of the Stage 3 route can be seen here. ToB2016_Stage3_Overview

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Clubroom Programme for coming weeks

Riding Home from Istanbul

Riding Home from Istanbul

This Thursday Jan 28th, don’t miss Stephen and Ann Jackson’s account of their epic ride home from Istanbul last year.

The club meets every Thursday night in the Rugby Club at 8:30 p.m. except on the first Thursday of each month when we meet in the Beartown Tap.

 

 

The club night program for the next few weeks is

January 28th Riding Home from Istanbul. A presentation by Stephen and Ann Jackson Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
Feb 4th Beartown Tap Social Evening Beartown Tap from 20:30 hrs
Feb 11th Bike Maintenance 4 of 6. Brakes Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
Feb 18th Normal social evening Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
Feb 25th Bike Maintenance 5 of 6. Wheels Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
March 3rd Social evening Beartown Tap from 20:30 hrs
March 10th Bike Maintenance 6 of 6. Headsets and Bottom Brackets Rugby Club 20:30 hrs

Also, Pete Smith and Roy Hayhust are putting together a “Road Safety Evening”, hoping to involve a traffic policeman. We have no date yet, but this will be fitted in, as and when we can get said policeman. It might bump one of the bike maintenance sessions.

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Chronicle Report 21/01/2016

Charlie Evans

Charlie Evans

December the 28th saw the Macclesfield Wheelers Supercross.  Amongst the hundreds of riders in the Cross Country races, Congleton was represented by Mike Jones (finished 49th) in the veterans race and by Will Booth (finished 36th) and Charlie Evans (finished 28th) in the senior race.

 

See full Press Report HERE

Other press reports by Adrian Pennington, our new Press Secretary have also been added.

24/12/2015 Press Report HERE

26/11/2015 Press Report HERE

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Velodrome Evening Dec 21st 2015

Velodrome Dec 21Twenty Four members enjoyed a two hour, club only track session at Manchester Velodrome on Monday Dec 21st.  The levels of experience on a banked track varied from expert to novice, but the club coach kept everyone safe by giving everyone a session appropriate to their ability.

All said that they had great fun and gained something from the session and we hope to repeat it in a few months time.

Ken Norbury took photographs at the event. To view them click HERE

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Club Dinner and Awards Ceremony 05/12/2015

Megan Giglia

Megan Giglia

Last Saturday evening 63 members and friends of Congleton Cycling Club assembled at Astbury Golf Club for the cycling club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The Chief Guest was Megan Giglia who is now established as a star rider in British Cycling’s paracycling squad, with high hopes of representing GB at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Awards were preceded by speeches. Sue Blake welcomed the visitors, before Megan entertained everyone with the story of her cycling journey, since being disabled by a severe stroke in 2013. Megan went on to hand out the club’s trophies, assisted by Wayne Powell. Winners were announced by Bob Norton. After which flowers were presented to Megan and to Georgina Norton, who organised the event.
Finally Edgar Reynolds winner of the Graham McCargo Cup as Veterans BAR and The Karl Austin Memorial Trophy for most miles in TT’s replied on behalf of the award winners.
Major award winners were:-

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Mark Allen, who won the Junior BAR TT competition, the Junior Evening TT League and the Beartown Road Race Trophy.

 

 

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Sue Blake

 

Sue Blake, who won the Ladies BAR TT competition, The Ladies Evening TT League and the Ladies Hillclimb Championship.

Steve Hulme

Steve Hulme

Steve Hulme, who won the Veterans Evening TT League, the Denby Biddulph Plate for the fastest 10 mile TT with a time of 20m 45s, The Jeff Burt Memorial Trophy for the Fastest 25 mile TT with a time of 55m 19s and the Lyndon Trophy for Veterans Standard in the Club Events Competition.

 

Ben Norbury 56:09

Ben Norbury

Ben Norbury who won the Evening Time Trail league overall and on handicap, the Tony Willis Cup as senior hill climb champion, The Ven Machin Trophy for the fastest 50 mile TT with a time of 1h, 55m and 6s, and the Bill Mees Trophy for being the actual fastest on average speed in the Club Events Competition.
One of the biggest rounds of applause went to Les Lancaster who was voted Clubman of the Year. Les was the oldest riding member in 2015; regularly completing the Saturday club runs and was a willing helper at most of the clubs TT promotions.

A full list of award winners can be seen HERE.

Ken Norbury took photographs of the occasion. They can be seen HERE. Thanks Ken.

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