News – Skeats’ Brothers dominate Club’s Rough Ride


Matt Skeats returned home from University in York for his Easter break and cruised around the 20 mile circuit in a winning time of one hour 12 minutes 44 seconds.

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News – Skeats’ Brothers dominate Club’s Rough Ride

The 20-year-old averaged nearly 17 miles per hour over a mixture of bridleways, farm tracks and some tarmac to finish well over three minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Marc Bowers. Mandy Burchett finished in third position with a comfortable gap of over three minutes ahead of Richard Carrington, although she was disappointed that her average of 14.98 was below 15mph!

Ryan Skeats was only 12 minutes slower than his older brother to easily win the Under 18’s section in a time of one hour 24 minutes and 35 seconds. Josh Murad, who has only recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday and four years younger than the winner, averaged over 12 miles per hour to record a time of 1hr 38m 58s to finish second. And to his credit the teenager from Thetford also suffered a puncture and had to walk to final section of the course!

The Mildenhall Club’s Chairman Mark Burchett said afterwards “One of the most pleasing aspects of this year’s Rough Ride were the number of children taking part and together with their parents they made up a significant proportion of the 25 members taking part.”

The Robb family from Exning consisting of Mum Judith and children 12 year-old Alexander and 9 year-old Francis completed the event in a time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 41 seconds. While the Flack family from West Row of Helen and Paul were joined by their daughters Aimee (11) and Millie (12) to finish in a time of 2 hours 12 minutes 14 seconds.

In a departure from recent annual Rough Rides, it has reverted back to it’s original early season calendar spot and under the guidance of Martin Skeats held over new routes.


Under 18
1. Ryan Skeats 1hr 38m 41s
2. Josh Murad 1hr 38m 58s

Over 18
1. Matt Skeats 1hr 12m 44s
2. Marc Bowers 1hr 16m 25s
3. Mandy Burchett 1hr 21m 28s
4. Richard Carrington 1hr 24m 17s
5. Harvey Wright 1hr 28m 16s
6. Matthew Cook 1hr 29m 07s
7. Dave Robb 1hr 46m 06s
8. Mark Burchett 1hr 49m 26s
9. John Williamson 1hr 49m 45s
10. Max Dorling 1hr 50m 38s

Families / Groups
Paul Maltby / Sam Crockett 1hr 51m 40s
Judith, Alexander & Francis Robb 2hr 04m 41s
The Flack Family 2hr 12m 14s
Jean Poole, Ann Williamson & Clare Williamson 2hr 13m 26s


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