Race Date: 3rd March 2019
Round 2 of 12 – Divisional Road Race Championship
Hot on the heels from the season’s opener, round 2 of the championship at the old favourite Norton 9 saw a bumper turn out of Striders, with 129 being officially recorded in the results. Despite slightly challenging conditions there were impressive times posted, perhaps spurred on by a little “friendly” inter-division rivalry.
In the Premiership there were debuts for some of the S18 big names, and Joe Sweetham-Powell was no doubt keen to show why the club paid an extortionate transfer fee for him. Phil Skelton took the honours on the day running a very impressive 51:32 (also finishing 2nd overall). Stu Carrack finished hot on his heels in 3rd, running 51:58. Another newly minted Strider, Stephen Schubeler, also had a strong showing finishing in 52:53:
Dave Forrest continued his fantastic form in Division 2, again claiming maximum points, clocking 56:40, surely marking him out as an early favourite for promotion. Tim Holt, Tom Bassindale, John Kilcoyne and Malcolm Baggaley also had strong runs showing they could well be in contention at the end of the season:
Into Division 3 and Jordan Moat showed why the smart money had been backing him preseason with a very impressive 57:54. Behind him Heather Hatton and Steve Smith were only separated by 31 seconds. Jonathan Legon sadly had to withdraw due to injury after a strong start:
James Staves took the 20 points in Division 4, doing well to run under an hour. Seth Kirby and Jimmy Sharman somehow contrived to finished in a dead heat meaning they both equally received 18 points:
Division 5 saw Ben Sanderson continue his domination, finishing over 3 minutes clear of his nearest divisional rival. Roger Watson continues his return to form with a strong 1:06:12, good enough to claim 17 points:
Claire Grisdale showed that the recent speed she’s been showing on the track translates to road, leading the way with a time of 01:03:26. Sarah Allcard was also able to make her first race of the season after a period of injury coming away with 17 points for her efforts.
Division 7 saw another imperious performance from Daniel Driscoll, who finished in 01:03:33. Poppy Tovey again finished 2nd behind him, with Gareth Pert and Nicola Ross also carrying through their form from the previous round.
It’s all tied at the top of Division 8 with both Matt Gibson and Phil Dooley having good runs to claim 19 and 18 points respectively behind Gillian Allen:
Luke Prest pipped Mark Warriner at the post in Division 9, while it was also pleasing to see fan favourite Laura Greaves racing, rather than papping fellow Striders this round, as she came back from injury to run a solid 01:17:32.
Dave Rooney led the way in Division 10, finishing a clear 5 minutes ahead of the rest of division rivals. Lucy Cowell built on her great run at Leciestershire to take 19 points:
Finally in Division 11, Sharon Renshaw showed why she had been heavily backed in the fantasy league with a very impressive 01:22:58:
Full standings can be found here.