Congleton Cycling Club
Sunday Oct 9 – Clubrun and Johnny Helms Grand Prix des Gentlemen TT
Denise Hurst, Mary Renshaw, Peter Hayhurst and Doug Taylor threaded their way through the hundreds of runners / joggers up Rood Hill and along Giantswood Lane – saying “Hello” to Bill Boynton who was doing his annual marshalling job (as a Harriers Member). We were overdressed for cool, wet weather – which hadn’t appeared – so had to start unzipping through Bate Mill. We delivered Mary Renshaw to Marthall Village Hall to get her marshalling location for the Johnny Helms 2-up, Grand Prix des Gentlemen TT which was commencing at noon. The rest of us carried on via Mobberley and Ashley to Tatton Park café, where we were joined by Roy Hayhurst. After our usual nourishment, we rode through Knutsford to the end of Seven Sisters Lane at Toft where we kept Mary Renshaw and Carol Pardoe (Seamons C.C.) company for the duration of the race. We recognised most of the riders from last year’s event – the Old Timers and the Young Pacers – who came from all over the country. We gave them a hearty cheer on each of their three circuits. The wind force increased and the clouds became gloomy and the later riders had to contend with rain and wet roads. Half of our group returned home via the lanes and the others made their way to the Prize Presentation at Marthall.
Friday Oct 14 – Newcastle Track Cycling Association Awards
Edward Mulroy aged 5, the clubs youngest member, was the winner this year of the Newcastle Track Freewheelers League Group 3. He accepted his award from Rick Notley, (photo attached) at their annual presentation evening on Friday evening. Last year the same competition was won by older sister, Hollie. This year Hollie aged (8), has progressed to Freewheeler Group 2, where she finished a fine 4th. The Freewheelers league races are held every Thursday evening throughout the season (weather permitting). This year, there were 64 youngsters across the 3 groups comprising the league.
The NTCA also award an annual trophy in memory of Graham McCargo our late club chairman. The award is for the winner of the season long Keirin League. This year the winner was Barney Swinnerton of Team SIS.
Saturday Oct 15 – Club Social Ride
Six riders enjoyed a circuitous route on a fine day to Hopley House at Wimboldsley. Bob Norton led the group comprising Georgina Norton, Bev Hambleton, Bob Banner, David McVitie and guest, Martin Bee. They rode out via Lower Withington, Jodrell Bank, Goostrey and Middlewich, returning via Cledford Bridge and Brereton Heath for a pleasant round trip of 33 miles
Sunday Oct 16 – Horseshoe 212K and Aqueduct 178K Audax.
Denise Hurst promoted two long distance rides under Audax UK rules on Sunday. Both routes went via Malpas to Chirk and returned via Holt / Farndon, Tattenhall and Church Minshull. After Chirk, the 212 km event went out beyond Llangollen towards Corwen, across the Dee and through Rewl, then over the Horseshoe Pass and down to Llandegla, to Rossett. The shorter, less hilly ride of 178 km cut across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen. After a wet section between Nantwich and Malpas, the sun appeared, the temperature rose and the beautiful views down the Dee valley and over Llandegla were enhanced by the autumn tints.
Forty riders completed the longer ride, including Members: Denise Hurst (who checked the route on Friday), Peter and Roy Hayhurst, Stephen Kane and Darren Nicholls. There was a group of ten from Derby Mercury, two from Cumbria and two from Kent. Twenty Four riders completed the shorter ride including Members: Georgina and Bob Norton, David Hurst, David McVitie and Doug Taylor. Rob Waghorn also joined the ride. Everyone thanked Denise Hurst for the excellent organisation and for the food and drink at the Rugby Club which was served by Jo Brown, Mary Renshaw, Avril Waghorn and John Dean.
Thursday Oct 20 – Activities Evening
The club enjoyed a games and ‘activities’ evening – organised by our Social Secretary – Georgina Norton, who reports:
“Twenty four people participated in a range of activities including, quizzes (general knowlege and geography), baked bean tasting and changing inner tubes as well as 10 pin bowling (wii version) arranged by Bob Norton. Mike Harrison was fastest at changing an inner tube -taking 2:04 minutes (maybe a club record ?). He also won John Dean’s General Knowledge quiz. Rob Waghorn and Bob Norton proved they were connoisseurs of baked beans and certain café’s preferences. Too much time spent in these cafés perhaps? Even on a tie-break taste they could not be separated! John Green and Ruth Goreham won a prize for their geographical knowledge of the British Isles – Rob Waghorn’s “Round Britain” quiz. There was also a constant queue for the services of our resident masseuse -Avril Waghorn, who has not revealed (yet) who had the best legs”.
Members congratulated Georgina on the excellent organisation and her tasty and plentiful refreshments of sandwiches, salads and snacks. All in all a Great Success!
Weekend Oct 22 – 23
Clwydian AUDAX 210k from Corwen
Sixty riders did the shorter versions but Denise Hurst was our sole representative among 20 starters in this long, hilly AUDAX which was rated as 3.5 AAA due to the many climbs. Following the flat section around Lake Bala, the route headed over the Nant-y-Garth, down to Ruthin and then to St. Asaph and Abergele before the long climb up to Llyn Brennin. The weather was excellent during daylight hours but the return leg to Corwen was in darkness and into a head-wind. Twelve hours was her elapsed time.
Clubrun to Rose Farm, Utkinton
Nine Members plus one friend rode via Goostrey, Lach Dennis, Davenham, Oulton Park and Utkinton to this pleasant venue. The group comprised: Georgina & Bob Norton, Denise & David Hurst, Bev Hambleton, Roy Hayhurst (spare tyre king), Stephen Kane and friend, Ewan, Dave McVitie and Wayne Powell. The return ride went via Church Minshull, Middlewich and Brereton – for a total of 55 miles – in breezy but mild and dry conditions.
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