This year saw the event in a slightly different format with the Wheelers and Newport C. C. combining their events on the same hill on the same day. Logistically this was a sensible idea but the big plus for all concerned was that fact that Jim & Jane Morrison opened up their restaurant, 'Darcy's' as the event HQ and laid on C.T.C. support (for those not into the C.T.C. this really means Coffee, Tea & Cakes!!).
So many thanks to Jim & Jane for giving up their Sunday to support the event - please support then next time you go for a meal out - highly recommended!
The day started very misted and the first real cold autumn morning this year, but the sun soon broke through to brighten the spirits.
The Sunday club run from both clubs traced their way to Ironbridge for the start of 'hostilities' at 11.30 am.
Young Joe Lister who lives relatively close to the course set a very respectable time of 4 minutes 11 seconds which was good enough to clinch the Youth award ahead of young Matt Lewis who was equally impressive.
The fastest Junior was 16 year old Tom Knipe who's time of 3 minutes 52 seconds was good enough to clinch second place overall - one to watch for next season....
Mark Spruce was the fastest of the five veterans who took to the start and his 4 minutes 9 seconds of pain was good enough for third place overall.
But the outright winner was 'Come Back Man', Matt Morris, exactly 20 after his last title win!!! Matts time of 3 minutes 48 Seconds was just 31 seconds off what he set as a 20 year old 1st category rider back in 1994 on the same hill! Matt has been training hard this year and is now set for even better things next season - watch out the Road Race League!
Many thanks to all those who helped with the running of the event, particularly, Jane Kyte, John Ireson, Dave Cunningham, Mark Lewis, Ian Lister, Ian Horton & Simon Toghill -My apologies if I have omitted anyone.