Report/Results: Mildenhall Cycling Festival

Mildenhall Cycling Festival blighted by bad weather on the Sunday fails to stop racing on the long weekend of cycling

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Report/Results: Mildenhall Cycling Festival

This year’s Mildenhall Cycling Festival was blighted by bad weather on the Sunday which deterred most of the people who would have visited on the Sunday from attending athough it did not stop most of the hundred’s camped on site from staying and take advantage of the improvement in the weather on Monday.

Mark Burchett chairman of the organisers Mildenhall Cycling Club said “It is something beyond our control but it is terribly disappointing that all the hard work put in by Club  members and the organisations, sponsors and traders we work with, reaped very little reward on the day. The weather forecasts before the weekend predicted rain with wind of up to 40mph and although we were not hit by the strong winds like other events further south, the forecast and the rain on the day was enough to deter all but the hardiest of souls to venture out. It could have been so much worse but after the Children’s Duathlon in the morning which had a reduced entry, the crowds disappeared”

“The grass-track still went ahead but using the Fun alternative programme that ironically had been planned when we were in the middle of the drought to reduce the risk of accidents for the riders racing on a track that would have been more like riding on an ice-sheet with no grip. Instead it was used because the conditions were too wet! Mr Burchett added.
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The one race that was not cancelled was the 8km Mini-Milk Race as it was the penultimate round of British Cycling’s National Grass-Track Endurance Series. In spite of the conditions it was a thrilling race to watch and was won by one of the pre-race favourites Laurence Lisher (Green Arrow CRT). It had begun with a spill of riders, although fortunately none were injured and all were able to get back up. In the latter stages David Mitchinson (Contour Cycles RT) made a bid for glory and Series points attempted to go away and led by up to 50m at one point. But First Category rider Lisher showed why he is leading the Series this year to produce an electrifying turn of pace on an energy sapping track to overhaul Mitchinson in the closing laps.

The Mini-Milk race was sponsored by local cricketer and cyclist Ken Lucas from Worlington in memory of his brother Robert who died recently. Mr Lucas has been cycling with the Mildenhall Club since the 1960’s.

Laurence’s brother Phil Lisher (Hemel Hempstead CC) won the Men’s Parsramps and JKH Drainage Omnium events, while Jennifer Andrews (CC Ashwell) won the Women’s A&A Motors, JKH Drainage, Mark’s Fruit & Veg stall Omnium.

The Festival weekend had got off well with the majority of the 150 camp and caravan pitches occupied by the end of the Friday evening. At 5am Saturday morning, 29 intrepid riders started the C.T.C. (Cyclists Touring Club) Suffolk Festival Roving 300km Audax ride, with the first rider back at 4.47pm, averaging nearly 16mph (25.5kph)! The last one arrived at two minutes passed midnight – 58 minutes inside the cut-off time! In all 148 rode in these timed touring routes over 57, 100, 160, 200 & 300km distances.

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The first ever running of an official On & Off-Road Time-Trial, sanctioned by time-trialling’s governing body in the UK, Cycling Time-Trials (CTT) was an over-whelming success. Run as a Taster Event, it may have only attracted 16 riders, but this was more of a learning exercise for the Club and the CTT. Judging by the reaction of each and every rider they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and this event will definitely be part of next year’s Festival.

Paul Moss from local club Stowmarket & District CC was the fastest around the mixed and unique Fenland 23km course of byways, tarmac lanes and Droves in a time of 40minutes 27seconds, well ahead of his nearest rivals. David Robb for the host club missed out on second place by just three seconds from Andy Bell (Selby CC), which he would easily overcome had he not had a fall on the course.

Saturday evening’s Cycle Jumble was as popular as ever with plenty of people browsing the jumble tables which continued out of the marquee, such was the interest in having a table! The Children’s Duathlon supported by SJ Parr & Sons on Sunday morning did manage to miss the rain with nearly 50 children from across the UK competing in the different age categories. The 5 & Under section included what must have been the youngest competitor over the whole weekend, two-year-old Anwyn Wienloch-South from Fenland Clarion CC.

Also notable was Ivy Adams who like Anwyn not only competed in the Duathlon but the Barry Atkin Children’s Sports that were held every day. Not that anyone watching her would have known but this brave little 5-year-old girl only has half a heart and all the associated problems that that brings! It is a testament to the Festival that children of all ages and abilities can compete and above all else enjoy themselves in the family friendly atmosphere. Ivy’s family especially her grandparent Lyn and Alan Gay who live in the Hull area have been coming to the event for well over 25 years.

In addition to those events Ivy also took part in the Balanceability Bike Sessions for 4-7 year olds, provided by Abbeycroft Leisure. They used balance bikes which are lightweight, pedal-less child’s bikes, enabling young children to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.

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The Sainsbury’s Quiz Sunday evening packed out the village hall, whose wonderful facilities the Festival is based at and around. Seventeen teams watched by friends and club-mates enjoyed an evening of trying to answer questions on the weird and obscure set by quiz master and West Row resident, Dave Sennitt. Helen Gower from Sainsbury’s in Mildenhall who helped score during the evening presented the prizes to the winning team ‘Fenland Clarion Youth’

On the final day of the Festival Cyclo-Cross took advantage of the rural setting of & around the village hall and adjacent land of Alan Rolfe to provide an interesting and testing course!

Like the Duathlon, the Under 9 and 12’s races were very popular with the children and watching parents & spectators. William Holland-Leader, whose family are from Godalming, Surrey and have been visiting the festival for a number of years won the Under 9’s group, ahead of local rider Caris Gregory from local club West Suffolk Wheelers. Other local riders were Emily Mistsenico from Thetford, Norfolk and Eila Ward from Stanton, Suffolk.

Riding for the host Club in the Under 16’s race was Colin Mantle who finished sixth ahead of West Suffolk Wheeler’s Matthew Waller.

The Mildenhall’s traditional ‘Mad Madison’ was won by father and son team of Kevin & Tom Payton from Stourbridge CC in a time of 34minutes 13 seconds. A further minute down was Mitch Powell & Laurence Lisher (Slug Slug) while Mildenhall’s own father & son team of David & Alex Robb finished in a very respectable seventh.

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Children’s Sports – Sponsored by Barry Atkin

Under 5’s
1 Demi Stoneman
2 Robyn McLean
3 Allina Morley

5 & 6
1 Hunter Morley
2 Axel Gay
3 Oscar Wright & Thomas Holland Leader

7 & 8
1 Dexter Gay
2 Archie Wright
3 Alex Griffiths

9 & 10
1 William Holland-Leader
2 Peter Unwin
3 Boyd Baker

1 Jade Pettitt
2 Erica Dodsworth
3 Caitlin Griffiths

On & Off-Road Time-Trial

1. Paul Moss Stowmarket & District CC 40m 27s
2 Andy Bell Selby CC 44m 02s
3 David Robb Mildenhall CC 44m 05s
4 Steve Gelder Team Swift 44m 50s
5 David Dodsworth Maldon & District CC 45m 02s
6 Andy Trotter Selby CC 46m 11s
7 Jordan Black Newmarket C & TC 46m 54s
8 Dan Tozer – 47m 53s
9 Andy Hansen – 48m 09s
10 Chris Ridley Maldon & District CC 48m 24s
11 Mark Wyer CC Ashwell 51m 13s
12 David Rutter – 1hr 00m 05s
13 Stevie Wyer CC Ashwell 1hr 00m 26s
14 Michael Wielock Fenland Clarion 1hr 04m 34s
15 Mitchell Powell Team Terminator 1hr 09m 00s
16 Alex Robb Mildenhall CC 1hr 14m 05s

Grass-Track Racing

Juvenile Omnium ‘E’ – Under 8 Sponsored by Shires Residential
1. Tristram Bramma Spalding CC
2 Caris Gregory W Suffolk Wheelers
3 Harry Hayter BCF Private Member

Juvenile Omnium ‘D’ – Under 10 Sponsored by Linda Allen
1. Harry Tozer Fenland CC
2. Evander Wishart Fenland CC
3. George Collins Colchester Rovers

Juvenile Omnium ‘C’ – Under 12
1. Harley Gregory W Suffolk Wheelers
2. Nate Gordon Colchester Rovers
3. Aston Baker VC Lincoln

Juvenile Omnium ‘B’ – Under 14
1. Alex Galpin Bourne Wheelers
2. Dan Gilpin Bourne Wheelers
3. Matthew Waller W Suffolk Wheelers

Juvenile Omnium ‘A’ – Under 16
1. George Ratcliffe Otley CC
2. Thomas White Colchester Rovers
3. Thomas Wright Spalding CC

Children’s Duathlon – Sponsored by SJ Parr & Sons Ltd

5 & Under
1. Dexter Gay –
2. Oscar Wright Maldon & District CC
3. Thomas Parry-Jones –
4. Edward Holland-Leader VC Londres
5. Thomas Holland-Leader VC Londres
6. Ivy Adams  –
7. Anwyn Wienloch-South Fenland CC

6 – 8 years
1. William Holland-Leader VC Londres
2. Leo Eilliott –
3. Peter Unwin –
4 Monty Clarke Tuxford Clarion
5. Laura Tozer Fenland CC
6. Alexander Parry-Jones –
7. Violet Adams –
8. Jenny Clarke Tuxford Clarion
9. Archie Wright Maldon & District CC
10. Felicity Griffiths Maldon & District CC
11. Boyd Baker VC Lincoln
12. Alex Griffiths Maldon & District CC

9 – 10 years
1. Evander Wishart Fenland CC
2. Aston Baker VC Lincoln
3. Harry Tozer Fenland CC
4. Solomon Unwin –
5. Louis Cipriani Fenland CC
6. Erica Dodsworth Maldon & District CC
7. Caitlin Dodsworth Maldon & District CC

11 –15 years
1. Matthew Waller W Suffolk Wheelers
2. Aiden Pettitt South Pennine RC
3. Isaac James Smith Chesterfield Couriers
4. Maple Unwin –
5. Matthew Dodsworth Maldon & District CC
6. Nathan Pettitt South Pennine RC
7. Tom Woods –


Grass-Track Racing

Men’s 8km (A National Endurance League Counting Event) Sponsored by Ken Lucas in memory of
his brother Robert Lucas
1. Laurence Lisher Green Arrow
2. David Mitchinson Contour
3. Mitchell Powell Team Terminator
4. Ian Hayter Contour

Ladies Grass-Track Omniun Sponsored by A&A Motors, JKH Drainage, Mark’s Fruit & Veg stall
1. Jennifer Andrews CC Ashwell
2. Matilda Gurney Spalding CC
3. Sherlyn Powell RC Ravenna

Men’s Grass-Track Omniun Sponsored by Parsramps and JKH Drainage
1. Phil Lisher Hemel Hempstead
2. David Mitchinson Contour
3. Grant Betts –
4. Guy Cook Chesterfield RC

Children’s Sports – Sponsored by Barry Atkin

Under 5
1 Demi Stoneman
2 Edward Holland-Leader
3 Summer Elliott

5 – 6 years
1 Jenny Clarke
2 Dexter Gay
3 Ivy Adams

7 Years
1 Boyd Baker
2 Harry Hayter
3 Jack Rogers

8 Years
1 Leo Elliott
2 William Holland-Leader
3 Monty Clarke

9 & 10 Years
1 Evander Wishart
2 Aston Baker
3 Harry Tozer

11+ Years
1 Aiden Pettitt
2 Matthew Dodsworth
3 Nathan Pettitt


1 Fenland Clarion Youth 75
2 Broom Wagoners 74
3 Motley Crew 73
4 Captain’s Crew 70
4 Bigger Faster Smarter Smoother 70
6 Rita’s Rascals 68
7 The Flatflanders 65
7 The Cone Heads 65
9 Edgar Lingard +2 61
10 Quiz Hoy 60
11 Maddors 58
12 Crocs & Socks 56
12 Where’s Michael 56
14 Weight Wheelers 54
14 You’re a Quizard Harry 54
14 Hullencians 54
17 CC Ashwell 38


Under 9’s
1 William Holland-Leader VC Londres
2 Caris Gregory W Suffolk Wheelers
3 Leo Elliott –
4 Arthur Smith Chesterfield Couriers
5 Monty Clarke Tuxford Clarion
6 Harry Hayter –
7 Laura Tozer Fenland Clarion
8 Violet Adams Team Swift
9 Jenny Clarke Tuxford Clarion
10 Noah Fincham –
11 Robyn McLean Beacon Wheelers
12 Emily Mistsenlco –
13 Eila Ward –

Under 12’s
1 Aston Baker VC Lincoln
2 Evander Wishart Fenland Clarion
3 Edie Palfreyman Cambridge Junior CC
4 Harry Tozer Fenland Clarion
5 Abbey Thompson Ipswich Velo
6 Isaac Smith Chesterfield Couriers
7 Matthew Dodsworth Maldon & District CC
8 Nathan Pettitt South Pennine
9 Thomas Fincham
10 Alice Elliott
11 Erica Dodsworth Maldon & District CC


Under 16’s
1 Daniel Hall Colchester Rovers
2 Harley Gregory W Suffolk Wheelers
3 Josh Palfreyman Cambridge Junior CC
4 Martha Lebentz Hadleigh CC
5 Dom Pauley St Ives CC
6 Colin Mantle Mildenhall CC
7 Matthew Waller W Suffolk Wheelers

1 Kevin & Tom Payton Stourbridge CC 34m 13s
2 Mich Powell & Laurence Lisher Slug Slug 35m 14s
3 Dan Blackburn & Luke Hurst VCN Ashtons 35m 57s
4 Matt & Barry Denny WSW / Maglia Rosso @ 1 lap
5 Steve Gelder & Andy Trotter Team Sift / Selby CC @ 1 lap
6 Phil Lisher & Rowan Elliott PR Stunt @ 1 lap
7 Alex & David Robb Mildenhall CC @ 1 lap
8 Grant Betts & Sherilyn Powell RCR @ 1 lap
9 Geoff Booker & Dadid Dodsworth Oxonian CC / Maldon CC @ 1 lap
10 M & F Gill Chelmer RC / Team OnForm @ 1 lap
11 Malc Jacklin & Steve Hope Fenland Clarion @ 1 lap
12 Andy Bell & Carolyn Bell Spalding CC @ 2 laps
13 Andrew Waller W Suffolk Wheelers @ 2 laps
14 Michael Wieloch & Dan Tozer Fenland Clarion @ 2 laps

Children’s Sports – Sponsored by Barry Atkin

Under 5 Boys
1 Hunter Morley
2 Edward Holland-Leader
3 Theo Allen

Under 5 Girls
1 Robyn McLean
2 Demi Stoneman
3 Summer Eilliott

5 Years
1 Dexter Gay
2 Ivy Adams
3 Jack Johnson

6 years
1 Mikey Fatibene
2 Jenny Clarke
3 Riley Osborne

7 years
1 Boyd Baker
2 Harry Hayter
3 Laura Tozer

8 years
1 William Holland-Leader
2 Leo Elliott
3 Alice Elliott

9+ years
1 Mackenzie Osborne
2 Evander Wishart
3 Matthew Dodsworth


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