Cycling: Charlton claims new record
BARRY Charlton has claimed his third national veterans' tricycle record of the season.
The Lyme Racing Club (Swinnerton Cycles) three-wheeler has added the 30-mile mark to the 10-mile and 25-mile honours he achieved during the past two months.
The 46-year-old, from Hanford, clocked 1hr 5mins 12secs in the Leo promotion in Cambridgeshire, knocking 18 seconds off the record set by Steve Brown (East Bradford) in 1997.
He said: "I want to become the first man to hold all the records and I'll be going for the 100-mile mark next year."
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The next day he teamed up with Ryan Mullen (Planet X) to take victory in the prestigious Warrington Road Club Grand Prix des Gentleman invitation two-up team time trial.
The pair finished second in the veteran category, picking up £600 to be donated to charity, by covering 20.8 miles in 43mins 22secs.
Paul Robinson and Steve Turner took fifth place out of 42 teams in a time of 47.56.
Lyme veteran Cliff Knox and Olympic legend Les West (GS Strada) managed 22nd position with 52.40.
Sam Hall (Lyme) is still holding on to third place in the under-10s West Midlands Youth Cyclo Cross Series.
Hall finished eighth out of 34 riders in the third round of the competition at Tackeroo, Cannock Chase, having come third in the first two events.
His club-mate Ross Ferguson, in his first competitive race, took eighth place from 18 riders in the under-six class, while Sallie Birchall took victory from five riders in the under-16s girls race.
Chartered accountant Chris Hall, aged 57, from Ladderedge, Leek, narrowly missed a 25mph ride in the VTTA East Anglia Open 30.
The Lyme veteran was 10secs short, but recorded a life-time best by more than a minute with 1h 12mins 10secs while Tracy Rowlinson finished with 1:21.34.
Sarah Taylor pulled off an all-round performance to finish 11th in the Carsington Duathlon and first in the 45 to 49 age group.
The Newcastle Tri club athlete completed the first 5km run in 20mins 54secs before taking to her bike and covering 30km in 1hr 1min 35secs.
Back on her feet, she finished with another 5km run in 21mins 28secs to cross the line in 1hr 46mins 1sec.
Team Manning won the overall women's race in 1:30.23 while Yvonne Shuttleworth was next in the 45-49 division, more than seven minutes behind Taylor.
A TOTAL of 65 riders will slug it out up Station Road, Mow Cop, on Sunday for the Lyme Racing Club Hill Climb.
The gruelling, three-quarter of a mile course has a gradient of one in four in parts and the event boasts prize money including £30 for fastest overall rider and £20 for fastest lady.
An additional £25 is on offer to any rider who breaks the course record of 4mins 36secs set by Jim Henderson in 2008.