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Monday, 2 July 2012

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Bob Jolliffe writes....AN emergency call for assistance has gone out from Maggie Bracher whose 16-year-old mile-eating son Konnor will be attempting the 960-mile Land’s End John O’Groats ride with his Uncle Dug next weekend.Maggie said: “We've had a bit of a hiccup on the LEJOG front and have lost one of our support crew for Konnor due to a family crisis.“I know that this is really short notice but we desperately need a third support crew member to be able to share the driving of the motorhome and preferably be comfortable with repairing punctures/changing tyres etc. “So far Konnor's crew are myself and one of Dug's Marine colleagues.“We are aiming to be in Taunton for about 5.00 on Friday evening (July 6) for a meal with everybody at Dug's work 'pad'.“We are sleeping there and driving to Land’s End on Saturday morning with a view to starting the ride at 2pm on Saturday. We are aiming for the lads to finish the ride by Tuesday (July 10) afternoon/evening. “We have a campsite booked for Tuesday night for those of us who want to stay there and are starting the drive back to Taunton on Wednesday (July 11).“I know this is clutching at straws, but I live in hope that somebody might be able to get off work for a few days and would like a fleeting glimpse of the UK countryside albeit, some of it in the dark!”Anyone who can help out with this worthwhile ride which will raise money for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust and the Go Commando charities should contact Maggie as soon as possible at mags.bracher@googlemail.com.

Beale on form!
Second claim New Forest member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) was happy to hit top form in the A3CRG 25 the previous evening, clocking a season’s best 55-02.Totton’s Stephen Whitewick (Contre la Montre) was quickest in 49-51 from Sotonian teammate Harry Bulstrode (50-13) and Steve Irwin of Kingston Wheelers (50-48).Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale went well with 55-26 and veteran clubmate Alan Sharpen clocked 1-04-06.Beale went on to clock 23-19 for fourth place in Bournemouth Arrow CC’s 10 on the Ringwood-Sopley course in dry but windy weather on Thursday evening behind Simon Thomas of KTM, first with 23-07, and GA Cycles’ pair Simon Barnes (23-08) and Ray Claridge (23-12).New Forest CC’s Colin Humm was eighth with 24-15, clubmate Stuart Peckham, who punctured in his club’s 15, was 11th with 24-36 and Howard Doe 14th with 25-24.

Peckham fourthPeckham said he was “quite chuffed” to take fourth place in the 40 to 44 age category in the Derek Witt Memorial Road Race run by the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists at Kilmeston at the weekend.

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