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Feb 19

Training continues on the Sproatley circuit

After the snow and ice of the last two weeks the Sproatley circuit proved a little less hazardous and maybe it was the wind which frightened off many of the riders that we had in the early weeksThis circuit is more open, there is little hedge shelter from the strong westerly wind, and it is half a mile longer than the Brantingham one. We did eight circuits in view of the reduced numbers and the leaders completed these in 58:50. We had only three groups comprised of:

Anthony Hunter, Brad Palmer, Damian Evington, Gary Knowles, Gary Trees, Ian Ridsdale, James Bray, Lee Cairns, Lee Hunter, Mark Brocklesby, Mike Bradly, Mark Simons, Neil Dean, Nick Rodgers, Paul Shepherd, Peter Fielding Smith, Phil Eden, Phil Oakes, Richard Dean, Richard Vickers, Rob Busby, Stuart Fletcher, Victoria Hood and Will Waudby.

It was good to see Damian who came all the way from York because he enjoys the training, he was a regular as a young lad twenty years ago, a first cat rider but his work and an accident took him away from the area. Unlucky Damian only did one lap as his chain broke, luckily near the start/finish area, and Sarah had to come and pick him up.

Lap times were:

Group 1

Group 2a

Group 2b

Group 3

Lap 1

7.54

7.39

8.11

Lap 2

7.11

7.26

7.51

8.10

Lap 3

7.20

7.30

8.46

8.09

Lap 4

7.17

7.19

8.41

8.05

Lap 5

7.20

7.26

8.37

8.03

Lap 6

7.20

7.16

8.23

8.04

Lap 7

7.26

7.27

8.29

7.56

Lap 8

7.02

7.03

7.46

7.32

 

Not a great deal of difference between groups one and two after group two started to split in the early stages. Although there were a few more novices in group three it kept together fairly well and it was good to see Victoria holding her own in that group, she’s improved a lot over the last couple of years.

I nearly didn’t make it myself when we discovered a water leak from the loft when we got up and had to call a plumber. Luckily Dave Millson came straight away and fixed it for us – if you need a good plumber then look no further.

We were very short of marshals today and I have to thank Gill Bradley for volunteering the far end of the circuit, Sheila for the Burton Constable junction and Terry Grainger for the main T junction on the Aldbrough road in Sproatley. Richard did the laps and I took the photos. Next week is the last one before the real racing begins with the City RC 3-up the following Saturday and the Hull Thursday 2-up the week after that.

Jim Sampson