The day was warming up nicely when the first riders, tandem pair Simon Hall (Andover Whlrs) and Mary Corbett (Sotonia CC) took to the road at 7am. They clocked 1-2-40 for the course which features three laps of the Upton bypass.
Behind them the competition, like the weather, was hotting up.
First to beat the hour was Sotonia’s Philip Connell with 59-18. Bournemouth Jubilee’s William Soloman was next “under” with 58-48, then it was New Forest CC’s Stuart Peckham, a little off his best but satisfied with 59-28.
There followed a host of cracking rides including VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna’s 54-20 for eventual fourth place, GA Cycles’ boss Gary Allan’s 55-47 and New Forest’s Ben Boardman’s 56-06.
Off number 70, Poole Wheeler Gary Dighton sped around to a flying 51-53. Starting two minutes later, CC Weymouth’s Greg Parker could not match Dighton’s power and finished 2min 2sec in arrears.
It was down to last starter Whitewick (VeloRefined Aerosmiths) to drive home the final nail and he finished with 51-43, just 10 seconds quicker than Dighton.
Other Southampton area riders: Nick Tarmey (Sotonia) 56-08, Stephen Wood (Antelope RT) 56-59, Simon Barnes (GA Cycles) 57-19, Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael) 1-0-25, Richard Blake (Antelope RT) 1-1-16, Colin Crocker (Sotonia) 1-3-14, Norman Harvey (Sotonia) 1-11-31, Bob Jolliffe (NFCC) 1-12-48.
Ben Boardman took the maximum three club championship points in New Forest CC’s evening club 25 on a tough course made even harder by drizzle driven by a strong wind.
Seemingly ignoring the dingy weather, he nipped around the course, starting at Holmsley and taking in Brockenhurst, the Ornamental Drive and Burley, in 1-00-20.
Newly crowned European junior triathlon champ Ali Rogers took the two points for second place with a hard fought 1-3-35, to beat Stuart Peckham into third with 1-3-51.
Peckham still leads the championship table with 11 points from Boardman with nine.
Others (NFCC unless stated): Peter Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 1-4-38, Dan Edwards (Sotonia) 1-6-32, Hugh Roper 1-10-16, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 1-17-28, Chris Mills 1-18-25, Peter Hawker 1-20-51.
Allan wins Arrow 10
Two evenings later GA Cycles’ Gary Allan won the regular Bournemouth Arrow 10 between Ringwood and Sopley in 23-11 from Verwood Paralympian Darren Kenny (Para) with 23-15.
Ross-on-Wye CC visitor Sam Walker took third with 23-17 from Kevin King (Sotonia) 23-20, Ben Rickaby (Southampton University RC) 23-23 and Simon Barnes (GA Cycles) 23-29.
Other Southampton area times: David Hanbury (Sotonia) 26-35, Richard Baldwin (NFCC) 27-06, Julian Sheppard (NFCC) 27-18 and Martin Balk (NFCC) 28-43.