Result: Birdwell Hill Climb


New course record for Richard Marsden of Manchester Wheelers in the Birdwell Hill Climb

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Result: Birdwell Hill Climb

BIRDWELL WHEELERS Hill Climb 4/9/2016

Words by Paul Heggie, pictures by John Potter 

“Last Sunday Birdwell Wheelers ran their annual Open Hill Climbs on the private drive to Wentworth Castle Gardens Visitors Centre which has a maximum gradient of 10%.


Richard Marsden rides to a new course record © John Robert

The rainclouds had disappeared by the time the first of the riders in the Under 16 event, 7 year old Matilda Claxton of Langsett Cycles RT, completed the 670 yard climb in 3m 47.3s

The first of the 18 riders under 2 minutes was Joseph Whitworth of Hudd. Star Wheelers in 1m 47.4s. Oscar Williams of the same club then took the lead in 1m 43.6s only to be beaten in the end by the final rider Harry Buxton of Broomwagon RT in 1m 20.4s .

Harry Buxton’s winning ride © John Robert

Next came the senior riders with Courtney Blockley-Campton of Uni. Of Birmingham CC going quickest of the early riders in 1m 10.2s. Andy Nichols of Team B38 then went quicker in 1m 5.9s and held onto the lead with only five riders left.

Shortly after Emilie Verroken of Langsett Cycles RT finished in 1m 24.7s which ultimately proved to be the winning woman’s time.

Emilie Verroken on the way to 1st place © John Robert

Richard Marsden of Manchester Wheelers then went quickest in 1m 3.6 s , a new course record.

Last year’s winner Shaun Dolby of Birdwell Wheelers was last to go but despite beating his time from last year his 1m 4.7s wasn’t enough to claim first place. The presentation of prizes took place outside the Visitors Centre at Wentworth Castle Gardens where Richard Marsden received the Upperthorpe Bowl from club chairman Paul Heggie.

More details on all the above can be found on the club website

1 Richard Marsden Manchester Wheelers 01:03.6 (new course record)
2 Shaun Dolby Birdwell Wheelers 01:04.7
3 Andrew Nichols Team B38 01:05.9
4 Marc Etches Sheffrec CC 01:07.6
5 Luke Allen Sheffrec CC 01:07.9
6 James Allen Sheffrec CC 01:08.7
7 Andrew Sedgwick Langsett Cycles Race Team 01:08.9
8 Sam Mansfield Champion System/VCUK 01:09.5
9 Courtney Blockley-Campton University of Birmingham CC 01:10.2
10 Hamish McDougall Leicester Forest CC 01:11.6
11 Paul Armstrong Sheffrec CC 01:14.2
12 Rick Bailey Cycles in Motion 01:14.3
13 Adam Quixall Worrall Wheelers 01:15.7
14 Paul West Rutland Cycling Club 01:15.8
15 Tom Andrews University of Sheffield CC 01:16.0
16 Stuart Bolton Sheffrec CC 01:16.4
17 Andrew Askwith Bridlington CC 01:19.5
18 Matthew Chappell Worrall Wheelers 01:20.3
19 Matt Bourne Huddersfield Star Whs 01:20.4
20 Greg Godley Birdwell Wheelers 01:22.6
21 Trevor Mayne Birdwell Wheelers 01:23.0
22 Alex Whitmore Ratae RC 01:23.6
23 Rich Stoodley Sheffrec CC 01:23.7
24 Peter Knight Stocksbridge Cycling Club 01:24.1
25 Thomas Booth Birdwell Wheelers 01:24.5
26 Emilie Verroken W Langsett Cycles Race Team 01:24.7
27 Charlotte Gorman W Bury Clarion CC 01:28.3
28 Nicola Holloway W Sheffrec CC 01:31.4
29 Kate Dommett W Sheffrec CC 01:31.6
Paula Huddlestone W Huddersfield Star Whs DNS

1st Richard Marsden £30
1st Woman Emilie Verroken £30
2nd Shaun Dolby £20
2nd Woman Charlotte Gorman £20
3rd Andrew Nichols £10
3rd Woman Nicola Holloway £10

Under 16

1 Harry Buxton Broomwagon RT
2 Oscar Williams Hudd RT Star Whs
3 Ruby Boyes Hudd RT Star Whs
4 Tia Sheldon Langsett Cycles RT
5 joseph whitworth Hudd RT Star Whs
6 Ben Ramsden Hudd RT Star Whs
7 Sophie Ramsden Hudd RT Star Whs
8 Amy Mourne Hudd RT Star Whs
9 Rowan Baxter Hudd RT Star Whs
10 Dylan Boyes Hudd RT Star Whs
11 Ben Mourne Hudd RT Star Whs
12 Jody Mills Hudd RT Star Whs
13 Oliver daniel Hudd RT Star Whs
14 Amos Dukes Hudd RT Star Whs
15 Oscar Baxter Hudd RT Star Whs
16 Elena Green Hudd RT Star Whs
17 Harriet Claxton Langsett Cycles RT
18 Matilda Claxton Langsett Cycles RT

Thanks to Wentworth Castle Gardens for the excellent venue. Thanks also to the timekeepers John Clarke and Philip Minto and helpers on the day John Woodhouse, Andrew Cutts, David Wingfield, Carol Booth, Daniel Taylor and Christine Minto.




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