SCS Divisional Road Race Championship 2019 Update 2 of 12

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:

Name Time Points
Phil Skelton 00:51:32 20
Stuart Carrack 00:51:58 19
Stephen Schubeler 00:52:53 18
Joe Sweetnam-Powell 00:53:40 17
Liam Turner 00:53:59 16
Paul Middlemas 00:55:28 15
James Fulcher 00:55:41 14
Conor O’Boyle 00:56:00 13
Zanthe Wray 00:56:49 12
Caroline Brock 00:57:04 11

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:

Name Time Points
David Forrest 00:56:40 20
Tim Holt 00:57:26 19
Tom Bassindale 00:59:09 18
Daniel Cubitt 00:59:12 17
Malcolm Baggaley 00:59:24 16
John Kilcoyne 00:59:36 15
Adrian Fisher 00:59:52 14
James Smith 01:00:01 13
David Wilson 01:00:08 12
Thomas Cudmore 01:01:07 11
Michael Slater 01:03:34 10
Doug Banks 01:04:55 9

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:

Name Time Points
Jordan Moat 00:57:54 20
Heather Hatton 01:00:53 19
Steve Smith 01:01:24 18
Alex Green 01:01:38 17
Rio Cooper 01:02:09 16
Adam McAuley 01:02:35 15
Karl Patterson 01:02:49 14
Neil Booth 01:05:32 13
Mike Wu 01:08:06 12
Jonathan Legon DNF 0

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:

Name Time Points
James Staves 00:59:27 20
Mark Ramsell 01:01:02 19
Jimmy Sharman 01:01:53 18
Seth Kirby 01:01:53 18
James Boreman 01:02:05 17
James Ogden 01:02:19 16
Charlie Field 01:02:30 15
Neil Schofield 01:02:41 14
Adam Bishop 01:03:31 13
Joe Dunne 01:03:33 12
Rob Davies 01:04:47 11
Regan Hanson 01:05:37 10
Jeni Harvey 01:08:58 9

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:

Name Time Points
Ben Sanderson 1:01:49 20
Peter Brown 1:05:12 19
Phil Howson 1:05:56 18
Roger Watson 1:06:12 17
Dominic Sleath 1:06:22 16
Neal Pates 1:07:02 15
Rob Betts 1:08:41 14
Tom Brooks 1:08:43 13
Chris Hodson 1:08:47 12
Nicky Rafferty 1:08:48 11
Kim Bateman 1:10:53 10

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.

Name Time Points
Claire Grisdale 1:03:26 20
Chris Rea 1:06:05 19
Charlotte Roper 1:06:35 18
Sarah Allcard 1:08:24 17
Kate Scott 1:08:34 16
Frances Norman 1:08:55 15
Scott Liddle 1:09:57 14
Andrew Lock 1:10:28 13
Andrew Pembroke 1:13:49 12
Arif Ali 1:16:13 11

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.

Name Time Points
Daniel Driscoll 1:03:33 20
Poppy Tovey 1:05:38 19
Will Day 1:06:40 18
Gareth Pert 1:07:51 17
Nicola Ross 1:08:02 16
James Broomhead 1:08:24 15
Sarah Ward 1:09:52 14
Philip Swirles 1:12:11 13
Richard Adams 1:14:10 12
Claire Johnson 1:15:11 11
John Atkinson-Croad 1:15:56 10

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:

Name Time Points
Gillian Allen 1:06:18 20
Matt Gibson 1:08:08 19
Phil Dooley 1:09:18 18
Loz Harvey 1:12:10 17
Steven Millar 1:12:42 16
Cara Hanson 1:13:04 15
Anna Lowe 1:13:25 14
Jane Evans 1:16:04 13
Rose Royles 1:19:14 12
Lucy Woodward 1:20:09 11

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.

Name Time Points
Luke Prest 1:10:29 20
Mark Warriner 1:10:47 19
Morven Lowe 1:15:07 18
Ryan Talley 1:15:21 17
Dawn Short 1:15:54 16
Michelle Vermeulen 1:16:32 15
Mark Jackson 1:17:30 14
Laura Greaves 1:17:32 13
Zoe Dickinson 1:17:36 12
Vikki McAuley 1:19:19 11
Ian Blackburn 1:19:28 10
Stephanie Street 1:20:36 9
Naomi Rabin 1:21:14 8
Ang Jackson 1:21:22 7
Simon Gleadhall 1:23:23 6

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:

Name Time Points
Dave Rooney 1:17:06 20
Lucy Cowell 1:22:52 19
Nicole Nield 1:23:25 18
Julia Rose 1:25:24 17
Andrea Snowden 1:25:35 16
Ady Good 1:26:55 15
Ruth Jacks 1:28:48 14
Corrine Howse 1:28:54 13
Gaynor Hobson 1:37:54 12
Jade Rose 1:38:39 11

Finally in Division 11, Sharon Renshaw showed why she had been heavily backed in the fantasy league with a very impressive 01:22:58:

Name Time Points
Sharon Renshaw 1:22:58 20
Helen Smith 1:26:08 19
Rachel Rea 1:28:49 18
Sandie Farrow 1:29:01 17
Paul Cooper 1:32:39 16
Gayle Dooley 1:34:48 15
Ali Forward 1:34:49 14
Sarah Schofield 1:35:20 13
Zara Thomas 1:42:34 12
Gill Pearson 1:43:43 11
Jo Gleig 1:57:46 10

Full standings can be found here.

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