45 Road Club

County stars find top form across Midlands

Justin Garon is enjoying a fine debut year.

Published in Northants ET on Thursday 7th July 2011

The County’s time trial brigade made hay while the weekend sun shone with a string of records and new best performances in open events across the Midlands.

Leading the spree was Wellingborough-based 45 Road Club, who had four riders in action at Belper BC’s 25-mile test at Etwall, in Derbyshire, and returned with three personal bests, a club team record and a couple of hard luck stories to boot.

With the stiff breezes of previous weeks replaced by warm and calm conditions, first-season racer Justin Garon (52.33), Tom Kruger (54.00) and Simon Fitzhugh (54.39) all broke new ground and their combined time of 2:41.12 took over three minutes from the club’s long-standing team record set more than 20 years ago.

Fitzhugh was delighted with his first improvement for three years, coming off the back of some hard work to lose weight and remain competitive.

It could have been so much better for Kruger who, in his first year out of the junior ranks, missed his starting slot and, going off late, incurred a 90-second penalty in his final time, without which he would also have been in touching distance of Zak Moore’s 2008 individual club record of 52.20 which just survived Garon’s assault, while fourth rider Alan West had to pull out due to a mechanical problem.

Dave Lazenby (A5 Rangers CC) clocked 53.05 to slice 34 seconds from his personal best set earlier in the year, Matt Plews (Welland Valley CC) improved 70 seconds to post a new best of 55.08, and Paul Ashdown (Kettering CC) was also celebrating as he lowered his best by 35 seconds to 57.53. Victory in the event went to former national champion Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit RT), 46,48, who was almost three minutes clear of his closest rival.

Isham’s Sam Barker (Planet X RT) broke through the 30mph barrier for the first time this season, clocking 19.52 for sixth place in Whitewebbs CC’s 10-mile time trial at Great Amwell, in Hertfordshire, where Nick Dwyer (Lewes Wanderers CC), 19.19, was the winner.

And the following morning, Barker recorded a season’s best 52.05 for second place in Icknield RC’s ‘25’ at Tempsford, Bedfordshire, behind Dave Kendall (Finsbury Park CC), 51.31.

Kettering CC’s Tony Brown knocked exactly two minutes from his best, clocking 56.04, while second-year rider Stuart Jones improved by a wide four-minute margin to record 57.58, and there new bests for A5 Rangers CC pair Ian Ellis (58.19) and Ian Mead (1:00.17).

Other local times: Andy Sharman (Baines Racing) 56.54, Mark Booth (KCC) 59.15, Andy Ilsley (BR) 1:00.23, Murray Kirton (A5) 1:04.16, Bernard Smith (KCC) 1:12.04.

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