Wrekinsport CC Autumn Sprint 5
The curtain came down on Wrekinsport's club racing season with a fast and furious 5 mile event - not that the shortened distance made any difference to the almost inevitable winner. Held on the A442 between Crudgington and Shawbirch Chris Halford rode off the front of the field and didn't look back, recording a fabulous time of 11 minutes 33 seconds, the only rider under 12 minutes on a cool and windy evening.
It was a close call for the runner-up spot as Rob Jackson pushed out the first of the visiting riders, Jef Outhwaite by just three seconds. This distance requires full gas effort all round with the event's short nature pushing riders to their limits. Jackson stopped the watch on 12:22 to make it a Wrekinsport 1-2 with Outhwaite back on 12:25.
The best placed Woman wasn't too far behind with Nova Raiders Deb Hutson-Lumb posting an excellent effort of 12:30 to end her a strong 5th Overall from a field of 11 riders enjoying a last gasp midweek time trial.
Meanwhile in the Juniors Henri Bedford is clearly on the road to recovery from illness after registering a fine 13:09, with Wrekinsport 14 year-old Henry Fleming runner-up in 16:46 after making a determined push for the finish line.