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It’s award time for Southend Wheelers’ winners
SOUTHEND Wheelers Cycling Club members celebrated their successes of the past year at their annual prize presentation.
In the cyclo-cross category, Fergal Swanwick collected the Junior cup, while brother and sister Matthew and Hannah Kane made it a clean sweep — Matthew taking the senior cup and Hannah winning the Brian Stroud memorial cup for the third year in a row for the best female rider.
The time trial awards followed with the notable awards going to Ian MacKenzie, who set a total of 12 age records for ages 65 and 66 at 10, 25, 30 and 50 miles during the season.
MacKenzie also completed his tally by winning the 12-hour time trial championship.
Not to outdone with the setting of new club records, Steve Shore set a new 100 mile record in a time of 4hrs 29mins 12secs, while Jenny Patience set a new ladies’ veterans age record for 10 miles with a time of 27mins 17secs.
And 71-year-old Mike Hennessy, a previous club champion, set a new age record for 10 miles in a time of 23mins 46secs, while Roy Godbeer, still racing at the age of 83, set three new age records.
At the other end of the age scale Jordan Kemp, who had to recover from a broken ankle earlier in the year, collected third place in the club’s evening juvenile league and equal third in the Sunday juvenile league.
Jordan’s mum, Denise Kemp, had one of the longest list of the evening as she collected 12 awards in total ranging from the ladies 10 and 25-mile championships, the vets handicap championship and the ladies’ championship with an average speed of 23.20mph.
Her evening was rounded off by being awarded the Best All Rounder championship.
Sweeping the board and representing the men was James Gander.
Aged only 15 during the season, he won both the junior and juvenile leagues, the evening scratch and handicap leagues, the junior 10 and 25 miles cups, the juvenile and junior championship and the Easter 10 cup and the Senior 25 miles championship cup.
But his most notable rides were in the GHS East district schoolboy championships, where a third place took him through to the national final where he finished a creditable 15th place.
On the road-racing scene, Simon Alexander collected the coveted Jack Ivory Cup, awarded to the rider for the best performances in open events at any discipline.
Finally, the Ted Parsons Rose Bowl, presented by club patron Hazel Parsons, went to Terry Butcher for his work within the club over the past year.
This was an added bonus for Terry who had collected several other awards earlier in the evening, most notably the prestigious Goss Brothers cup for winning the Sunday handicap league.
Club chairman Graham Pearl said that it was good to see the awards going to such a wide spread of competitors of different ages.
Anyone interested in cycling can join the Wheelers’ Sunday morning training rides out of Canewdon village hall from 10am, or by visiting the club website at www.southendwheelers.org