David Thompson and John Galway race to victory in Paragon’s final time-trial

Mark Hardie and Mark Hepples
Mark Hardie and Mark Hepples

Scarborough Paragon’s final 10-mile cycling time trial event of the year at Snainton, enjoyed the best attendance and race conditions so far.

Despite a few regulars not able to make it, there were a total of 27 entrants.

Pete Connelly

Pete Connelly

The event was advertised as a 2-up (teams of two), however there were also two tandems and seven who chose to ride solo in addition to the eight teams.

The timekeepers had to have their wits about them, so thanks to Jack, Don, Mick, Richard and Simon for helping with that and marshalling.

Veteran riders David Thompson and John Galway led the way, taking the victory with a rapid time of 22:08, which equals David’s best solo performance on that course.

A great ride from Carl Martin and Andy Browne secured second place for them with 23:09 whilst Ian Dack was pleased with third place with Pete Connelly on 24:00, a couple of minutes faster than Ian has done solo.

Rob Powell and Dave Leaming were close behind them with 24:02 and junior Lewis Scott (age 16) rode well with 13-year-old Ben Sixsmith to record an excellent time of 24:16. Mark Hepples and Mark Hardie joined forces again to clock 24:46 and a lot of credit should be given to Mike Potter and Keith Jamieson, timed at 25:16 just nine months after Keith suffered a broken hip and only two seconds short of a lifetime best.

Another great performance came from 12-year-old Eli Scott, observed riding in front of her Dad Mike, who could be heard shouting encouragement to her all the way, stopping the watch on 31:00.

The tandem pairings were 12-year-old Hannah Bayes, stoker to Chris Goode. They recorded a great time of 26:13, while Hannah’s Mum Rachel Langley paired with Andy Toes to 28:42, which were both excellent first-time efforts.

The fastest of the solo riders was Paragon’s Chris Duck with 25:05, followed by Darlington’s Cameron Turner 25:31 and Richardson’s Callum Norris who managed a huge improvement on his personal best, reducing it to 27:24 at age 15.

New paragon rider Rob Grainger also excelled himself to a new personal best of 27:45 in only his second event at 10 miles.

Paragon juvenile Callum Ramsay did a fantastic time of 28:45 (age 13) for another PB. Veteran Dave Priestman recorded 29:00 and Jimmy Morrison 29:19 to complete the line-up.

Amazingly, the earlier thunderstorm cleared in time for eleven riders to sign up for the final mid-week 10-mile time trial of the year, this time at Brompton.

A good ride by Pete Connelly scored him another win, recording 23:13. Matt Purnell also did well in second place with 24:38, closely followed by Mike Scott 24:40 (Team Swift).

Malton Wheelers’ Rob Powell continued his good form with fourth best time of 25:10 and junior Lewis Scott fifth in 25:21 (Team Swift).

Barrie Cappleman 25:51 was closely followed by juvenile Ben Sixsmith 25:53 (age 13). Dave Priestman did 28:46 and Robert Grainger 29:14.

Welsh visitor Dave Frith (Clifton CC) unfortunately went off course in Ayton but returned after realising his error at 4.5 miles to return in a time of 27:35. Darlington CC’s Cameron Turner could not start unfortunately, as he had a mechanical problem.

Last Sunday at South Cave, juvenile Louise Scupham (age 14) tackled the charity Team Swift 10-mile time trial and recorded another respectable time of 26:12.

Ray Gullen completed his first race in a year and recorded a respectable 21:28 following two weeks holiday. In the same event some fantastic results were posted, with Michael Hutchinson making his trip up north from London worthwhile, by updating the national competition record for the distance to a remarkable time of 17:45 (33.8mph average speed).

Of particular note, was Associate Paragon member James Gullen’s fantastic performance of 18:16 (32.8mph average speed) for second place overall, making him one of the fastest men in the country over the distance.

On Saturday Paragon will host their annual open (national) time trial at Burton Fleming at 2pm on a challenging hilly course.

It is expected that James Gullen will be coming back to his Scarborough roots to score the win over the other 38 contestants.

Helpers and spectators welcome