Thursday 24 February 2011

Bournemouth Daily Echo 25/02/11

• Paralympic gold medalist, Darren Kenny OBE has been training hard ahead of the Para-Cycling track World Championships in Italy next month. Verwood based Kenny; along with the GB Para-Cycling squad has been doing intensive training at the Newport Velodrome in Wales and is coming into form at the right time. The strong GB squad will be looking to bring home a good haul of medals but perhaps more importantly score qualification points for the London 2012 Paralympics. The amount of points each nation scores will determine the number of athletes eligible to compete in the 2012 games. Kenny will be riding the 1 Kilometer time trial, the 3KM Individual pursuit and the Team Sprint. As the reigning world champion, Kenny is entitled to wear the rainbow colours and will not give up his title easily. Two ex-servicemen, Tel Byrne and Jon-Allan Butterworth who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined the squad through the Battle Back Rehabilitation programme, which helps injured service men and women return to an active life.
• Bournemouth Arrow was forced to cancel their 10 mile time trial last week, after race Official Anne Stevens was injured in a freak accident. Stevens was coaching at the Calshot track the day before when she was brought down by another rider and sustained a broken rib and elbow. Over 20 riders had signed on for the event but the club was left with no choice but to cancel. This weekend sees the Andover wheelers promote their early season hilly 10 mile time trial on the Vernham Dean course.
• The final round of the Rempstone mountain bike Duathlon series saw Kim Little (Gillingham Wh) break the course record for the 4 mile run,15 mile Cycle and 2 mile run in the Purbecks. Little recorded a time of 1hr 27.36 in the muddy conditions to clock up his third win in the 4 race series and takes the series overall from Jon Clemas (BJW)

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