The month of May was dominated by the Club Open 25 on May 21st. It was a bigger event than members had been involved in during recent years with a separate event for Ladies and Juniors and an overflow event for Men. In his first year as Event Secretary, Simon Kinsey had planned meticulously for all eventualities, even for the road works sending traffic around the A465 roundabout the wrong way during the week leading up to the event. What he could not control was the weather, so it was fingers crossed the forecast would be favourable and accurate.
On the day it could not have been much better, reasonable temperatures with a slight wind which at times was a head wind. The overflow Men’s event began at 10.07am, unfortunately new Club member Dave Singleton was unable to start but the Club was represented by first timer Alec Morris. Not certain what he was capable of over this distance, Alec probably surprised himself with a very good 57m31s. We all look forward to see him improve over the season.
The Ladies Event followed with 9 of the 28 strong field having LTS best times under the hour. Many participants and supporters commented on the large Ladies’ entry which in part must be due to Simon putting on the separate event and insisting that the prize fund was equal to that of the Men’s event. 13 of the Ladies posted times under the hour on the day and 10 Ladies posting P.B’s. The eventual winner, seeded number 1, was Alice Lethbridge of Drag2Zero with a time of 52m25s, 4 seconds off a PB.
The Men’s Event was led off by Club Member Jeff Rees and, as ever, he was not prepared and things were not quite right, Jeff’s cup is always half empty. Jeff posted a 1h00m59s which gave him a Vets Std of +7.40. After this effort Jeff still found the energy to return to the HQ and help out other members and supporters. The assembled field was one of the strongest in many years for the Club Open25, with 7 of the riders having LTS best times of sub-50 minutes and only 6 riders having an LTS best time of over 1 hour. Anthony Redman was the third Club Member on the start line but, disappointingly, his time of 57m44s was just off his LTS best time, though still a creditable time on the day.
The seeded riders certainly lived up to their ranking with 10 riders going under 50 minutes, winner Keiron Davies missing a PB by 4 seconds posting a time of 45m37s. 47 of the entries for the Men’s event and overflow posted PB’s suggesting Simon had got the weather just right.
Also helping the riders to good times were the hard core group of Acme members and supporters who ensured the success of the Event from the early starters putting up the signage, the marshals out on course for over four hours and those setting up and running the HQ. Event Sec. Simon Kinsey received many positive comments from riders sent directly to him and there were further positive comment on social media. Riders had travelled from all parts of England and Wales and a group had made the long journey from Guernsey. The Club appreciates the efforts the riders made in getting to our event and contributing to the success it was.
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