Griffiths Grinds It Out To Win Hill Climb

The weather wasn’t to be kind for the first Newport Shropshire Cycling Club Open Hill Climb for quite a while, but it didn’t deter the hardy club riders from the region turning up to give it their best. Based from Darcy’s restaurant at the Station Hotel in historic Ironbridge, the hill starts right outside the front door, heading up the 15% plus Bridge Road up towards Broseley.

Nineteen riders started, with a field including last year’s club event winner Matt Blythe, hoping to defend against challenges from Paramount’s Dave Griffiths and local, but Manchester Wheelers affiliated Paul Bailey. Two Newport juniors were out for prizes and one determined Newport Lady, Julie Edwards.

Racing got underway on a shortened course, from 0.7 miles to 0.4 owing to a mistake in the timekeeper using an old course which wasn’t realised until the first few had started – apologies to all. As predicted the overall positions came down to a three way battle, with Dave Griffiths dominating with a 1:46 time, and Paul Bailey just pipping Matt Blythe by 0.4 of a second at 1:58.4 and 1:58.8 respectively. Sam McGowan took the juniors battle with Ed Adams and Julie clinched the ladies win. In the vets category Karl Moseley headed up the table followed by Rob Cannell and Mark Stocks.

Despite the conditions and course issues the event went well and the hospitality of Jim and Jane at Darcy’s a fine change to the more traditional race HQ. Thanks also to Gill Morrison and Merriel Griffiths on timekeeping duties, Dave Griffiths (no, not the race winner!) for pushing off and all others who helped out on the day.

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Report by Sean Lacey
No.NameClubCatFinishPosition
15Dave GriffithsParamount CRT01.46.31st Overall
19Paul BaileyManchester Wheelers Club01.58.42nd Overall
20Matt BlytheNewport (Shropshire) CCV4001.58.83rd Overall
18Kirk VickersMid Shropshire Wheelers02.04.6
11Karl MoseleyStourbridge VeloV5002.13.51st Veteran
17Robert KerrOswestry Paragon CC02.13.8
3Sam McGowanNewport (Shropshire) CCJun02.20.21st Junior
10Robert CannellNewport (Shropshire) CCV5002.22.42nd Veteran
8Gareth EvansNewport (Shropshire) CC02.24.8
14Mark StocksNewport (Shropshire) CCV4002.35.63rd Veteran
6Sean LaceyNewport (Shropshire) CCV4002.36.6
13Alistair HattonWrekinsportV5002.37.1
16Guy RobertsV4002.38.6
1Malcolm PageNewport (Shropshire) CCV5002.50.2
9Alex CapstickNewport (Shropshire) CCV5003.12.9
4Ed AdamsNewport (Shropshire) CCJun03.34.92nd Junior
2Julie EdwardsNewport (Shropshire) CCV4004.09.21st Lady
7Philip JohnsonNewport (Shropshire) CCV6004.22.1
5Desmond McKeownNewport (Shropshire) CCV7004.27.5
12Tim NelsonNewport (Shropshire) CCV50DNS
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