Report – November 18th 2011

Congleton Cycling Club

More Sad News
John Dean, a longstanding and much valued Member, passed away on the 9th of November. He died at 1:30 p.m. in the intensive care unit of Macclesfield Hospital, where he had been admitted with breathing difficulties.
In recent times John has contributed greatly to the social side of the club. He was always ready with a witty quip and was our quiz master in the well attended quiz evenings. He took great interest in time trialling, supporting the club’s active riders. In earlier years he rode for Middlesex Road Club and was a very good time trial rider himself, excelling at the longer distances.
John was also a member of the RAF Association, and Pam has asked for donations to them. Funeral arrangements: Cremation at Macclesfield on Thursday, 24th November (today) at 1.20 p.m. Members on bikes will leave Broken Cross (Fallibroome Road) at 12.50 p.m. to lead the cortège.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Pam and family at this sad time.

Sunday Oct 30 – Clubrun to National Hill Climb Championship
Eight Members: Denise and David Hurst, Mary Renshaw, Graham Barker, Roy Hayhurst, Stephen Jackson, Bob Norton and Wayne Powell rode via Macclesfield, over the Cat & Fiddle to Buxton and then up to Long Hill in order to support our Neil Skellern who produced a splendid performance to claim 1st place in Age Category B (45-49) and 29th overall, against all the UK top riders. Our group then headed via Kettleshulme and up Charles Head, for a late lunch at Pott Shrigley Tavern and then returned via Bollington, Prestbury and Broken Cross – all in bright and sunny conditions but with a cool breeze.

Sunday Nov 14th – Clubrun to Audlem
Georgina and Bob Norton, Bill Boynton, Roy Hayhurst, David Hurst, Stephen Kane and Doug Taylor rode via Alsager, Audley, Madeley, Barr Hill, Ashton, Norton-in-Hales, to the ever popular Priest’s House Café and after nourishment and a good natter, returned via Wybunbury, Haslington, Hassall Green and Brownlow – for an enjoyable 60 miles in fine weather.

Saturday / Sunday Nov 19th / 20th
Social Ride to Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
Georgina and Bob Norton were the only participants, which was surprising as the weather was very kind. They rode via Radnor Bank, Bate Mill, Chelford and Marthall for a first visit to Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre which they now highly recommend due to the overall high quality of food, service, facilities and friendliness. The return route (to achive 30 miles) would need to be via Goostrey, Middlewich, Brereton, Smallwood and Brownlow.

Clubrun to Shire Horse Centre, Cotebrook
In dull and misty conditions, Denise & David Hurst, Georgina & Bob Norton and Stephen Kane rode via Lach Dennis, Davenham and Vale Royal to Cotebrook and enjoyed the warmth and the calory intake and then returned via Little Budworth, Willenhall, Church Minshull, Middlewich and Brereton.- for a total of 60 miles.

Results of MDTTA Championships – 2011
Senior Best All-Rounder is our own Neil Skellern! His average speed of his best performances on local courses, over 25-, 50-, 100-miles and 12-hours, was 25.816mph which was 0.3mph faster than Mark Turnbull of Leigh Premier. Peter Hayhurst managed to crawl into 10th position with 18.85 mph average. Unfortunately, our Club did not have a 3rd rider so could not compete for the Team Prize.

Individual events: Neil Skellern won the 12-hour Championship Trophy for his 286.45 miles (a Club Record) and also, 1st Veteran (Over-40) on Standard Time. He was 2nd in the 50-mile Championship. Alf Hilton took 2nd place in the 25-mile Championship and 3rd place in the 100-mile Championship

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