Gullen smashes course record at Burton Fleming

James Gullen
James Gullen

Scarborough Paragon Club pulled out all the stops to promote another successful 10-mile time-trial at Burton Fleming, which attracted some top riders in the country in the field of 51.

James Gullen of JLT-Condor, with family roots in Scarborough, reigned supreme, lowering his own course record to a sizzling 19:48 (30.3 mph average speed); an amazing 55 seconds improvement.

This was Gullen’s second course record in a week, following a Paragon event five-mile time of 9:13 (32.5mph average speed), taking 27 off the previous figure.

Teammate Graham Briggs claimed second at Burton Fleming in a superb time of 20:51 which was just eight seconds shy of Gullen’s original record from 2016.

Third place went to Filey’s junior National 25 miles champion Cavan Walker (Prologue RT) in a time of 22:45 to take the junior prize.

Staying in Scarborough, Paragon’s 14-year-old juvenile Harry Butterworth took second place in the junior prize list with a 24:05 and will receive the John Leadley Memorial Trophy for being the fastest Paragon young rider.

His ride gave him eighth place overall in the event.

Hannah Bayes came home in second place in the women’s section and third in the juniors with an excellent time of 26:42.

Local rider John Galway also did well in the veteran’s section, gaining second place on standard time recording 23:58 in seventh place and beating his standard by 3:46.

Harry Butterworth was the best-placed Paragon rider overall followed by an improved performance from Robert Grainger in 11th, stopping the watch at 24:34, closely followed by Matt Purnell 24:44.

Richardsons CC rider Dan Joyce came home 15th with 24:52, Paul Griffiths 26:18 and juvenile Megan Simpson 35:00.

Other Paragon riders: Jon Dyer 26:00, Barrie Cappleman 27:36, Jimmy Morrison did a good time of 29:18 at the age of 76 and an exceptional personal best came from Jim Gleeson of 29:53.