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  • Richard A Thackeray

    17 May 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I did this event this morning, we started from the Hospice, with some of the capable/mobile residents coming out to wave us off*

    There was approximately 280-300 riders as far as I can gather :shock:, not bad for a reasonably small local Hospice.

    Three routes were available; 25 miles, 45 miles & 60 miles.

    All followed the same route for the first 15 – 16 miles, then the 45 & 60 diverged east.

    Most of my Club-mates were in the 60 miler, but I’ll admit the longest ride I’ve probably had since the beginning of April was about 25 miles :oops:, so the 60 may have been pushing it a bit.

    I did bump into one person from work at the start, one of our Radiographers was doing the 25mile.

    The breaks started within the first 5 miles :roll:, as the 1st/2nd cat roadies belted off.

    I passed quite a lot of people, & hooked up with a rider at around the 10 mile mark (in Beal)

    We shared the pace-making, both on the flat, me on the ‘rollers’ (not really proper hills)

    It was a damned blustery day, with a head (or ‘on the shoulder’) wind for at least 30 miles of the 45

    We had 4 controls to check in at too!

    There was a group away in front of my ‘partner’ & myself, we kept seeing them at the checks, then they’d set off, as we pulled in- so we weren’t that far behind them.

    At the last check (‘Chequers Inn’ at Ledsham), we caught them up & got away as one of their number had a puncture

    This is where I pulled into the car-park just in front of our Radiographer, despite her doing 20miles less at this point 😀

    So, leaving the ‘speeders’ in that group to mend the puncture, we set off.

    We returned to the Hospice in (I think, as I didn’t set my stop-watch) 3:01 (including all the check-points & one disputed junction)

    It was nice to be told we were placed at 4th (me) & 5th out of the 79 starters at that distance 😀 😀

    I’ll confirmed that when I know for certain.

    (I think first home was a guy on a Kuota carbon-fibre TT bike, with the Zipp wheels & the fancy aerofoil seat-stays)

    We agreed that it’d be a damn fine run in summer(& without any wind), so could the Hospice please run it in July next year 😆

    For the benefit of anyone who maybe interested we passed through;

    Pontefract, Carlton, Darrington, Stapleton,Womersley, Cridling Stubbs, Kellingley (edge of), crossed the A645, Beal, Birkin, Hambleton, crossed A63, Thorpe Willoughby, east side of Bishops Wood), Cawood, Ryther, Ulleskelf, Towton, Saxton, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Ledsham, Ledston, Castleford, back under the M62 (near ‘Xscape’), past Pontefact race-course & back to the Hospice

    *’P O W H’ is in Pontefract (just east of Wakefield, near jct 32; M62 & FerryBridge; A1/M62 interchange.

  • Gunner

    17 May 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Well done, I hope that result stands, 4th is no mean feat. 😀

    As for the wind, it was blustery here too, as it has been all week. 🙄 🙄

    How did Sharon and Linda do in their attempt at the 60 miler out of interest, do you know?

  • Richard A Thackeray

    17 May 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Well done, I hope that result stands, 4th is no mean feat. 😀

    Thanks, I hope it does too 😀

    Without wishing to sound condescending (me??, with my reputation? 😆 ), if it had been in the 25 miler, it might not have been as good a result as you could up against Mr/Mrs average on their £99 MTB (ie; not much competition…)

    Click on pic to open

    As for the wind, it was blustery here too, as it has been all week. 🙄 🙄

    Yes it was spooking the Horse a bit when we went round this afternoon to muck out, feed & groom

    How did Sharon and Linda do in their attempt at the 60 miler out of interest, do you know?

    Sorry, not yet

    The link given at the start of my opening post will hopefully be updated (if not the Club website will probably carry the results)

  • Richard A Thackeray

    17 May 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Forgot 😳

    On passing through Womersley, I noticed something aircraft shaped at the side of the flooded sand quarry which is home to the Blue Lagoon Diving & Leisure

    I mentally noted to try & find out what it was, as I thought it was a Blackburn Bucaneer on my speedy(!?!) ride past

    I’ve just had a browse of ‘Thunder & Lightings’ & found it to be a Hawker Hunter bearing the serial number; WT799

    Plus there’s another one submerged in the water!!

    It was almost as surprising seeing it there, as the first time I saw the English Electric Lightning in that (closed) scrapyard alongside the A1 at Baldersby (east side of Newark)

    XN 728

    With my old Discovery in front of it (circa April 2005)

  • Richard A Thackeray

    19 May 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I had a couple of hours spare this morning so went over & rode a large part of the 25 mile course this morning……… stopping to look at the Hawker Hunter at Womersley, before diverting off & extended it slightly.

    On the return leg, I called into the ‘local bike shop’, who help to sponsor the event each year.

    Tracey, who owns the shop, along with her husband Gary, mentioned that they’d been told upon their own return on Sunday that if all pledges/sponsors were honoured, the Hospice would collect the grand total of around £21,000 😯 😀

    It’s their biggest fund-raiser of the year, far eclipsing the 10K road-race

    Tracey rode the 25 with some friends, who were just doing it for the sponsorship, but she’s a damn good rider in her own right

    Gary’s an ex-Cat 1, Grass-Tracker, Track-rider, Cyclo-crosser & ‘tester’ & bloody fast

    He used to train (& keep up with!!) with, the infamous, Wayne Randle – now that says a lot about his abilities!!

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