Rider News: Justyn Cannon Breaks record


Sgt Justyn Cannon of the Royal Air Force Cycling Association has re-written the Combined Services Record Book

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Sgt Justyn Cannon of the Royal Air Force Cycling Association based at R.A.F. Benson in Oxfordshire has re-written the Combined Services Record Book when on Wednesday 8th May 2013 he convincingly beat the previous 10 mile record set by cycling legend now retired Flight Sergeant John Pritchard B.E.M.

The previous record which has prevailed for 22 years, was set by John Pritchard in a time of 19mins 18secs on the legendary U4 course back in 1991. Justyn, who took part in the London and Home Counties Open 10 mile event on Wednesday 8th May, stormed home in a scintillating time of 18mins 59secs to take 39secs off his previous personal best time and claim the all time record by a convincing 19 secs. Fastest rider overall was the very in form Steve Irwin of the Kingston Phoenix CC posting a time of 18:39.

Justyn said” I know John Pritchard well and I am sure he will be one of the first to congratulate me. He really is a legend in the world of cycling and dominated the scene both home and abroad for many years. To now be mentioned in the record books alongside a cyclist of his calibre is indeed a priviledge and an honour “.

Following on from his record breaking ride on Wednesday, Sgt Cannon then went on to compete in the RAF and Combined Services Time Trial Championships near Newmarket promoted by the Lea Valley CC and was first serviceman home in a time of 20:21 for the 10 mile course. Wet and blustery conditions ensured that no further records were going to be broken. Coming a close second was ex Combined Services Champion WO2 Childs of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines CA (RNRMCA) who put in a credible attempt to beat the flying form of Cannon.

First civilian rider home and winner of the open event was Dr Michael Hutchinson of the INGEAR Quickvit squad in a spectacular time of 19:47 in what can only be described as nasty conditions.

Again proving that they are the lead Service when it comes to team efforts, the Royal Navy and Royal marines Cycling association took the team prize headed by RNRMCA champion Sean Childs.

SAC Keri Parton once again proved that she was the one to beat in the forces females by posting a time ahead of Pilot Officer Victoria Williams by becoming Combined Services and RAF Champion in one foul swoop


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