Report 6th January 2013

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events 

Up-Coming Event:

Social Ride on Saturday, 19th January at 10 a.m.

Meet outside Unicorn P.H. on Holmes Chapel Road for a 15 mile ride to a favourite café for a drink / eat / chat then return on different lanes – at the pace of the slowest rider. All cyclists welcome.

Reliability Trials, 49 mile or 29 mile on Sunday, 20th January

at 09.15 for 09.30 in 12,5 and 15 mph groups. Meet at Congleton Rugby Club, Park Street / Mountbatten Way

Recent Activities: 

Club Runs Saturday Dec 15th and Sunday Dec 16th.

The club’s monthly short club runs tend to be popular and on Saturday 8 people enjoyed a leisurely amble through lanes for refreshments at Radway Green. Starting from the Unicorn at West Heath Bob and Georgian Norton, Davids McVitie and Hurst, Bev Hambleton, Pete Nelson, Bob Banner and Bill Boynton enjoyed 27 miles in fine weather.

Sunday again dawned bright and mild. Surprisingly only 3 riders started a ride to Grappenhall. Others must have had a premonition, because despite the seemingly kind weather, the group of Pete Smith, Stephen Kane and Bob Norton found a patch of black ice on a small descent at Bate Mill near Jodrell Bank. Pete and Stephen crashed, with Stephen coming off worst. After a week in hospital he is now recovering from 2 fractured vertebrae and a fractured pelvis. The news is good in that there is no permanent damage, but he is expected to be off his bike for a while. 

Sunday December 16th – Club’s annual dinner and prize presentation at Astbury Golf Club

Club members, families and friends gathered to enjoy a fine four course dinner and see the club trophies and silverware awarded to the winners for 2012.
Club chairman Bob Norton welcomed the guests including representatives from the North Shropshire Wheelers, Seamons C.C, Leek C.C. and Macclesfield Wheelers. The Chief Guests were Barry Broadbent and his escort for the evening Ann Bradford. Barry entertained the diners with tales from his years as an international commissaire and board member, both of the UCI (world governing body) and of British Cycling, before presenting the silverware. 26 Awards (Trophies, Plaques, Certificates) were presented to 19 Members, of which, Pete Smith received the most.
During the evening there was a raffle with lots of cycling goodies kindly donated by , and time out was taken, to vote in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year completion, duly won by Bradley (now Sir Bradley) Wiggins.
Stephen Kane should have been present, but was injured in a club run accident when he and Pete Smith took a tumble on black ice near Jodrell Bank earlier in the day. Stephen was in hospital during the awards but managed to escape to home, just in time for Christmas with his Family.

Club Run Sunday Dec 23rd to High Legh Garden Centre – 55 miles

For a pre-Christmas spin 5 riders visited High Legh Garden Centre, without doing any shopping. Pete Nelson, Wayne Powell, Bob and Georgina Norton were joined by visitor David Booth from Maidenhead C.C. for the ride, which went through the Cheshire Lanes by way of Goostrey, Knutsford, and Great Budworth to High Legh. The return was through Tatton Park (no deer were spotted), Over Peover and Lower Withington for a distance of 55 mile. Amazingly, the weather was dry, following the heavy rain of the previous few days.

Club Run Sunday Dec 30th to Delamere Station Café – 53 miles

The last club run of 2012 was to Delamere. Six riders left Congleton in unseasonably mild weather. They were Sue Blake, Pete Smith and Peter Nelson, Ed Wright and Bob and Georgian Norton. The group only got as far as Cranage before a broken spoke in Ed’s rear wheel required a bit of nifty work with a spoke key from Pete Smith to get him mobile again. The onward trip went via Lach Denis, Davenham, Hartford and Norley to Delamere Station cafe for lunch. To make the ride a circular one the return was through Cotebrook, Little Budworth, Whitegate Way, Winsford, Occlestone Green and Brereton. The wheel broke another spoke near Middlewich, and again it was trued up enough to get home (Ed needs a new wheel), for a ride distance of 53 miles. 

Tuesday, 1st January – New Year’s Day Walk around Rushton / Rudyard


Bob Norton, Chairman and photographer, reports: “It has become a tradition for Congleton C.C. to do a walk on New Year’s Day. This year 25 walkers including one dog, Bertie a black Labrador, completed a circuit of Rudyard Lake. We walked in an anticlockwise direction starting from the Rushton Spencer end of the lake. Blessed with good weather with a good deal of sunshine, fine views over the lake were enjoyed. At one narrowing of the path a number of mountain bikers were temporarily held up by the group, leading to an odd situation of cyclists being delayed by a pedestrian cycling club! The walk of about 5 miles was followed by lunch in the Knott Inn at Rushton Spencer which is run by a relative of club member Bob Banner. The walkers shown in the photograph are (from the left: Katie Mulroy, Kelvin Milward (obscured), Joan Hewines, Bertie (obscured), Glynn Hewines, Hollie Mulroy, Bob Norton, Dave Mulroy, Les lancaster, Wayne Powell, Lorraine Powell, Jean Lester, Rosie Norton (obscured), Matt Norton (at back), Joshua Norton, Eddy Mulroy at front), Georgina Norton, Angie Norton, Doug Taylor, John Broadbent, David Hurst, Ruth Broadbent (obscured), Angela Taylor, Denise Hurst, Bob Banner.”

Club Run on Sunday, 6th January to Lavender Barn / Red House, Dunham Massey

Eleven riders, five new people and six members made the most of the almost spring like weather. We made our way out of town via Giantswood Lane heading for Goostrey. From here we went through Over Peover to Knutsford and into Tatton Park. The park was very busy with walkers and cyclists. In fact we remarked that we had not seen so many cyclists out in early January before. From there we made our way past Bucklow Hill to Broomedge (Lymm) and on to the Trans Pennine Trail. The trail was somewhat muddy, so we exited back on to the road after a couple of miles to reach our refreshment stop at Red House Farm near Dunham Massey. The intended cafe was the Lavender Barn, but with a group of 11, Red House was less crowded. The return to Congleton was via Hale, Mobberley, Marthall, Lower Withington and Newsbank, mostly on rather muddy lanes.

The participants were: Georgina and Bob Norton, Sue Blake, Peter Nelson, Roy Hayhurst, David Hurst and welcome Guests, Rowland Bainbridge, Gill Armstrong, Paula Kennerley, Paul Turner and Steve Pullen. All said that they enjoyed the 54 mile ride. 

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The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. at the Rugby Club, Park Street, except for the first Thursday of the month where the venue is Beartown Tap. Anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics is welcome to attend.