Every week our Club Scribe, James Walker, writes up a piece for inclusion in both The Barnsley Chronicle and on The Barnsley News and Sport Website. If you have something upcoming like a sportive or charity ride you are participating in, or have completed in any kind of event during the previous week please E-mail James asap so he can get it in print. Obviously overall control of what gets printed in the paper or on the website will be down to The Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport themselves, but to be in with a chance of seeing Your name and achievements proudly securing a portion of Barnsley`s finest fish & chips You need to get as much detail to James as you can. Each weeks submissions will also be posted on this page.
Barnsley Road Club report for week ending Sunday 4th June 2017.
On Wednesday evening 31st of May, 29 riders took part in Barnsley Road Club`s weekly 10 mile time trial on Park Springs Road. Once again Darren Gough headed the `Road Club riders with a 21min 35 secs ride, nearly a minute in front of Tony Johnson`s 22min 31secs who was very closely followed by Garreth Bruff in 22min 39secs.
Other `Road Club riders times were :- Dek Crawshaw 23m 07s. Michael Newton 23m 23s. Tony Galvin 23m 33s. Wayne Randall 23m 47s. Gary Thornton 23m 51s. Steve Cannon 24m 53s. Ian Lazenby 25m 00s. David Bird 25m 23s. Paul Ruta 26m 23s. Jillian Pendlebury 28m 11s was fastest B.R.C. lady.
Fastest rider on the night, Dan Taylor Birdwell Whs in 21m 09s.
Sunday 4th June. Barnsley Road Club`s tri-athlete James Walker tried his first open water swim in the Rother Valley Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. Walker said “I`m quite pleased with how it went seeing as how I`ve only done pool swims up to now” and did it in a split time of 12mins 37secs for the 750 metres. In the bike section that followed Walker found the lumpy 20 kms course with it`s 1,000 ft of climbing more to his liking. This split being 49mins 54secs. Next came the run section. Luckily all flat, around the edge of the lake, spilt time of 20mins 28secs for 5kms. Walker`s total time for the three disciplines came to 1hr 25mins 57secs, this gained him 15th place overall and 8th in his age group.
Also on Sunday the `Road Club`s Garreth Bruff was entered in the East Bradford C.C. 15 mile Time Trial on a course near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. Bruff`s time of 35mins 08secs was good enough to give him 12th position overall and he also took the 45 – 49 age group prize. The winner was 2016 Para-Olympics Tandem Pilot Gold medalist Adam Duggleby from Brough, East Yorks in a time of 30mins 17secs.
Sarah Bird does not ride time trials very often, but when she does they are usually pretty hard ones. This was the case when Bird rode the Huddersfield Star Whs hill climb up Mount Road in Marsden. The mile long course took Bird 7mins 19secs to complete and she slotted into 34th position out of a total of 57 finishers, she was 4th in her age group.
On the Club Run scene, Sunday saw the annual `100 miles in 8 hours` reliability ride. The `A` group going to Allerthorpe near Pocklington had 13 riders completing the course well inside the allotted time and the `B` group 8 riders also completing a slightly different course, calling at Spaldington near Howden.
28th May 2017 Barnsley Road Race, Reg B ¾ Hade Edge, 55 Miles
1st Jack Brown Holmfirth CC.
2nd Billy Harding PH Mas/Paul Milnes/Oldfield
3rd Mattthew Burt University of Leeds CC
4th Andy Cunningham All Terrain Cycles Ride in Peace
5th Hayden Allen Alba Rosa
6th Tom Whalley Buxton CC/Sett Valley CC
7th Matthew Kellet 3RT
8th Jonathan Bourne
9th Daniel McDermott FTR Milltag
10th Daniel Collier University of Sheffield CC
1st Junior – Jack Brown Holmfirth CC
After days of sunshine, 25oc +, and a bank holiday weekend race, you can almost certainly guarantee that the weather will be completely the opposite come race day, on this Barnsley Road Club promoted event. And needless to say, this morning was absolutely the case. Racers set off in a complete pea souper, barely enough vision to see your hand in front of your face, and a massive cross wind on the ridge. Nevertheless, race they did.
In typical fashion on the Flight Hill circuit above the Holme Valley in West Yorkshire, the field of 60 was in ribbons very early on as a high tempo was set from the start from this field comprising 25 riders that were juniors or under 23.
Phillip Gleave (Congleton CC) saw an attack with 5 laps to go reeled in, various attacks from Billy Harding (PH Mas Paul Milnes/Oldfield ER) throughout the remaining passage of the 4 mile circuit, but it was local rider Jack Brown from Holmfirth CC who hit out on the penultimate climb, and maintained a 30 second lead til the end to take an impressive and much celebrated victory, with many riders taking the ride up the hill to great Jack across the line.
A sprint finish for second to seventh, then ones and twos over the next 10 minutes, show what a mean spirited circuit this is, particularly on a day that promised no compromise from the off. True Yorkshire racing.
Next up for Barnsley Road Club is their Town Centre Crit on 28th July, find details via this link http://barnsleyroadclub.org.uk/the-barnsley-town-centre-races/
Barnsley Road Club`s report, week ending Sunday May 28th 2017.
Wednesday evening, 24th. B.R.C. 10 mile time trial.
Yet again Darren Gough pulled out all the stops to win the race on Park Springs Road (A6195) from 27 other riders. His time of 21mins 50secs was too quick for the rapidly improving Garreth Bruff`s time of 22m 14s, Tony Johnson completed the top three with 22m 39s.
Other B.R.C. times on the night were Dek Crawshaw 23m 14s, Michael Newton 23m22s, Wayne Randall 23m 41s, Gary Thornton 23m52s, Tony Galvin 24m32s, Phil Tyas 24m 53s, Paul Ruta 25m 03s, Ian Lazenby 25m 13s, David Bird 25m 47s, Peter Bould 26m 21s.
Thursday evening, 25th. North Midlands Road Race League.
Darren Gough showed that he can `road race` as well as `time trial` when he finished 14th in the 3rd race of the series. The whole bunch stayed together for all the distance, this was due to atrocious conditions and the event was rightly reduced by a third to just 3 laps. Gough was supported by John Catley, Tony Johnson.
Saturday afternoon, the 27th, saw Garreth Bruff in action again, this time in the Holme Valley Whs `25` in North Yorkshire near Ripon. Although there was a full field of 150 riders entered, only 69 competed the distance. The weather was so bad with heavy rain, thunder & lightening a large number of riders decided the conditions were too bad to start or just abandoned during the event.
Bruff shrugged off the conditions and produced one of his best rides ever, just missing a personal best with his time of 56m 55s (26.4mph). The winner was York speedy rider Phillip Graves (NOPINZ) 51m 35s. Bruff had shown he was riding into form the previous week at Bridlington when he rode into 10th place (58m 41s) behind another Barnsley man Richard Dean (Team Swift) whose 54 minute ride gave him top spot.
Barnsley Road Club report for weekending Sunday 14th May 2017.
In Wednesday night`s evening 10 mile T.T. Darren Gough again came out on top of 31 riders with a excellent 22mins 07secs ride. Gough was 38 seconds in front of Tony Johnson (22-45) and John Catley (23-04) was a further 19 seconds adrift.
Other `Road Club rider`s times were, Derek Crawshaw 23-29, Wayne Randall 23-48, Tony Galvin 23-54, Steve Cannon 24-54, Ian Lazenby 25-01, 70 year old Paul Ruta 25-31, Phil Tyas 25-48, Paul Schofield 26-04, Peter Bould 26-07. Jillian Pendlebury was the fastest of the four ladies riding with a personal best time of 27m49s.
On Thursday evening in the North Midlands T.L.I. Road Race League four riders from Barnsley Road Club took part in the 33 miles race. They were Wayne Gregory, John Catley, Tony Johnson and man in form Darren Gough. Gough was in two moves to break clear of the bunch, gaining ten seconds both times, the ever attentive bunch never let the break go and reeled them in both times. After seven laps the finish was a mass sprint with Gough 11th and Johnson 12th. Gregory and Catley were not far back but the race was so close run everyone was given the same time.
Saturday afternoon saw the Sheffrec CC 25 miles T.T. at Hatfield Woodhouse near Doncaster. Rain made conditions unpleasant for some riders but everyone had to endure a nagging south east wind which only became helpful for the last five miles. One of those who got the heavy rain was `Road Club`s Gary Thornton, but undeterred he produced a personal best 1hr 02m 37s, an improvement of 7 minutes. Dave Bowen missed the rain and only improved by just over a minute on his last ride a fortnight ago to 1hr 06m 15s. The race winner was Simon Beldon (53m 16s).
Barnsley Road Club Report for week ending Sat/Sun 6th & 7th May 2017.
The Barnsley Road Clubs evening time trials started off on Wednesday 3rd May with it`s `Special Events` 5 mile T.T. A total of 26 riders faced the timekeepers on Park Springs Road, out of which 14 were B.R.C. members. The first three fastest were the `Road Club`s, Darren Gough (11mins-20secs), Garreth Bruff (11m-28s) and Tony Johnson (11m-35s). There were only two Rockingham CC riders who could break the `Road Club`s strangle hold of the top nine places.
Jillian Pendlebury`s excellent time of 14m-16s for first lady, bodes well for her to win the 2017 Ladies Special Events Competition.
Winning this 5 mile event meant that 48 year old Gough won the new `I`ll bet thee a shilling` trophy. This coming about when President George Miles recalled how he and the President in the 1980`s Geoff Willis used to have an annual shilling bet as to who would be the fastest in the Club `5`, he even produced the original shilling. It will now be used as the centre piece on the new trophy. As both Willis and Miles were Veterans at the time, this new trophy will be for the fastest veteran over 40 years old.
Other B.R.C. times, Dek Crawshaw 11-55. John Catley 11-59. Wayne Randall 12-07. Gary Thornton 12-11. Steve Cannon 12-15. Matt Ashton 12-25. Chris Lawrence 12-33. Phil Tyas 12-42. Peter Bould 12-54. Wayne Gregory 13-13.
At the weekend Darren Gough was racing again, this time at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. Drighlington Bicycle Club promoted a 25 mile time trial and Gough produced a personal best ever time of 55mins 30secs, this is also an Age Record (48yrs) for Barnsley Road Club. The weather being a little cool with a difficult across head wind to the turn, then a fast tailwind finish. The event was won by Steve Eyres in 50mins 17secs.
Barnsley Road Club`s report for weekending 29th/30th April 2017.
Darren Gough led Barnsley Road Club`s quartet that took part in Birdwell Whs. Open 25 mile time trial on Saturday afternoon at Hatfield Woodhouse near Doncaster. Gough (21st) recorded a time of 59mins 29secs in cold conditions inspite of a southerly wind.
Dave Bowen (41st) was second of the `Road Club riders with 1hr 07mins 29secs, nearly two minutes clear of Gary Thornton (45th) and Dave Bird (46th). These two recorded 1hr 09mins 02secs and 1hr 09mins 08secs respectively, both were riding their first 25 mile time trial.
The winner of the event was Phillip Graves of NOPINZ in 51mins 51secs.
Barnsley Road Club report for week ending 23rd April 2017.
Barnsley Road Club`s triathlete James Walker tackled the Rochdale Tri Club`s Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning. Taking place around the Saddleworth area, Walker declared, “ it was one of hardest things I have ever done”, so hard and hilly was the terrain.
A pool swim of 400 metres was quickly followed by a 20 kms bike ride around a tortuous Pennine circuit taking in Diggle, Delph and Lydgate before returning to Uppermill.
Next came an equally hard run of 5kms on another difficult circuit of Kinders Lane, Haw Clough Lane and Knowl Top Lane to the finish back at the Saddleworth Sports Centre.
Walker`s reward for this gruelling event was a time of 1hr 16mins 42secs, this earned him 21st place overall and 2nd place in his age category (M35 to 40yrs).
Next Saturday afternoon (April 29th) three `Road Club riders take part in the Birdwell Whs 25 mile time trial at Hatfield Woodhouse near Doncaster. Facing the timekeeper are Darren Gough, David Bird and Gary Thornton.
Barnsley Road Club report for Easter weekend 14/15/16th April 2017.
Good Friday 14th April.
Barnsley Road Club`s Tony Johnson was the only `Road Club entry in City Road Club (Hull)`s 10 mile time trial on Good Friday, based at Newport near Hull. This superfast course, (V718) that utilises the A63 from South Cave to Melton and back again did not quite live up to it`s reputation. A cross wind scuppered any really fast times but the competition was good with only a handful of seconds separating the first four places. George Fox (Team Bottrill) leading the way with 18m 12s.
Johnson`s time was just a bit off his personal best set last year, but never the less a very good time of 21m 09s, only 27seconds adrift. Johnson had the added handicap of starting very late in the field when the wind was at it`s strongest.
Easter Sunday 16th April.
North Midlands District Championship 21 miles time trial held on a new course near Stocksbridge on Sunday morning attracted only 38 entries. One of the 38 was Richard Dean, Dean an ex Barnsley Road Club rider now racing for Team Swift faced the timekeeper that morning and his time of 51mins 09secs ensured he took the title by 20 seconds.
Barnsley Road Club report for week ending 8th/9th April 2017.
Barnsley Road Club`s Garreth Bruff and David Bird chose to ride the Birdwell Whs 10mls TT. at Hatfield Woodhouse, near Doncaster on Saturday afternoon.
This was to be a ten mile time trial but due to unforeseen road works, an adjacent course very quickly had to be found and the distance reduced to 7.5mls.
Garreth Bruff, who had ridden around 25 miles to Hatfield Woodhouse recorded a time of 17m 07s.
61year old David Bird, riding his first race of the season produced a very creditable 19m 48s.
Meanwhile at Brotherton in North Yorks, the Ravensthorpe C.C. 2up ten mile team time trial attracted two `Road Club teams, a pairing of John Catley and Darren Gough just managed to hold off the other pairing of Steve Lacey and Tony Johnson.
Catley/Gough`s time of 22m 43s beating Lacey/Johnson`s 23m 04s.
The conditions for both events was a slight southerly wind in bright sunshine.
Sunday 9th April, Kinder Velo`s hilly time trial based around Glossop was a 25.5 mile time trial that was gruelling to say the least, with 3,000 feet of climbing and desending it was not for the faint hearted by any means. Held in conditions that were a complete contrast to last years event (5 degrees and snow on the tops of the hills) this years warm sunshine was very welcome.
John Catley`s 1h 20m 00s was just too good for yesterdays partner Darren Gough. Gough recorded 1h 20m 03s. Very close indeed. The third `Road Club rider, Wayne Gregory produced an excellent ride of 1h 28m 31s. All three producing personal best times.
On the road racing scene, Mick Newton took part in his first road race for about ten years. It being his first time out this year and a little rusty, hanging on to a fast moving peloton was rather difficult. Credit due to Newton for lasting five of the scheduled eight laps of this `Out of the Saddle` event held on the Braithwell circuit. An untimely attack of cramp resulted in Newton being dropped and couldn`t regain the pack.
Attempting his first triathlon James Walker did exceptionally well in the Skipton Triathlon Sprint event also on Sunday. Walker`s time of 1h 13m 41s was good enough to give him 34 place overall and 19 place in the age category of 20 – 39.
The `Road Club`s first `Welcome Ride` of 2017 was lead by Garreth Bruff who took the run through some picturesque lanes to Nostel Priory. The `Welcome Rides` take place each month and are for newcomers to cycling, this ride being a very steady 30 miles. The next `Welcome Ride` is to be held on the 14th May leaving Townend at 8-30am. All beginners welcome.
Barnsley Road Club report for weekend 1st/2nd April 2017.
Barnsley Road Club riders Garreth Bruff and Tony Johnson took part in the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 10 mile time trial in the Hemsworth area on Sunday morning 2ND April. Bruff was the faster of the two with a very creditable 23min 34secs for this lumpy course with it`s long drags and fast descents. Johnson, being a later starter was hampered by more traffic on the roundabouts and could only manage 24mins 23secs.
The event was run off in good weather conditions with a slight westerly wind.
Next Saturday afternoon Bruff takes part in the Birdwell Whs `10` at Hatfield Woodhouse, then also on Saturday afternoon at Brotherton, North Yorkshire there is a Two Up 10 mile Team Time Trial promoted by Ravensthorpe C.C. Representing the `Road Club are the pairings of Steve Lacey/Tony Johnson and John Catley/Darren Gough.
Barnsley Road Club report for week ending 18/19th March 2017.
Damp roads, mild temperatures and a slight head wind finish on the shorter leg greeted the five Barnsley Road Club riders who took part in the Bolsover & District CC 10 mile time trial at Cuckney near Worksop on Saturday afternoon.
Inform man Darren Gough recorded the fastest time of the five `Road Club riders with an excellent 22mins 40secs, this pushed Garreth Bruff down into second spot with his time of 23mins 04secs. Third placed John Catley was only just a mere 8 seconds adrift with 23mins 12secs and Steve Lacey a further 7 seconds behind John in 23mins 19secs. Bringing up the rear was Wayne Gregory, Wayne was disappointed with his time of 25mins 57secs after all the hard winter training miles he had put in. Better times will come.
In nearby Clumber Park in the heart of the `Dukeries` Josie Smith was flying the `Road Club banner in a duathlon, (2 parts running and 1 part cycling) event. With a total mixed gender field of 446 Josie finished midfield in 1hr 16mins 28secs for a very creditable 228th position. Josie, who much preferred the cycling section of 20 kms to the 2 running sections of 5kms & 2.5kms came 45th out of 148 women competitors and 9th in her age group. The top riders/runners are amongst the countries best and all competing for qualification for GB age groups, so well done Josie.
Barnsley Road Club report for weekending 12/03/2017.
Six members of the Barnsley Road Club tackled the very tough Circuit of Ingleborough at the weekend. The 27 mile time trial organised by Pendle Forest Cycling Club attracted just over 100 entries, the best rider on the day being James Gullen, a professional cyclist with JLT Condor with a very rapid time of 59minutes 21seconds.
The best `Road Club rider, Darren Gough produced a storming ride of 1hr 09mins 20 secs for 16th place. Garreth Bruff claimed 2nd fastest B.R.C. rider with 31st spot, his time of 1hr 12mins 15secs beating his best set 20 years ago by over a minute. John Catley, occupied 40th position with 1hr 13mins 52secs. At 50th place, Steve Lacey with his 1hr 15mins 07secs was 1minute 10secs faster than `quiet man` Tony Johnson, his 1hr 16mins 16secs earned him 56th place. Bringing up the rear, Wayne Gregory riding one of his first open time trials, completed the circuit in 1hr 21mins 30secs for a very creditable 78th spot.
The weather was very mild for early March, with a SW wind helping riders on the long run from Settle north to Ribblehead, this causing a head wind on the final 4-5 miles as riders swung west to race back to Ingleton. Most of the B.R.C. riders at Ingleborough will be racing nearer to home this coming weekend, in the Bolsover & District C.C. 10 mile T.T at Cuckney, Notts on Saturday.
Josie Smith was another Barnsley Road Club rider racing an open time trial for the first time, the V.T.T.A. North Midlands 14.7 mile T. T. which took place at Cuckney near Worksop. Josie recorded a time of 43mins 34secs, so a personal best for this event. Josie was 5th in the Ladies section. Well done Josie. The overall winner of was Joel Wainman, SSLL Racing Team with a time of 32mins 07secs.