Waller Pain gets it's best attendance yet!
More than 70 riders took to a very chilly hill this Sunday, many of whom had travelled quite a distance to attend. Including two of last years' winners.
It was also great to see so many tweets, blog and club website entries about the climb in the run up to the event. It's obviously gaining a lot of support amongst keen cyclists.
Proceeds from this years' event will be donated to the 'Save the Velodrome' appeal.
In the Junior Male (Future Stars) category, congratulations go to Freddy Wright (1:30) who triumphed over Oliver Cliff (1:35), last years' winner, despite Oliver knocking 4 seconds of his last years' time. Freya Greatwood (only 9 years old) had the Junior Female (Future Stars) race all to herself. Her two sisters Bella (6) and Cordelia(8) both went up the hill but, unfortunately, hadn't got a race number and didn't get their times recorded. Still, there's always next year girls.
In the Just For Fun (Fit Mums/Fat Dads) category, James Grummitt (2:27) entered into the fun spirit of the event and took to the hill wearing what looked suspiciously like a motor cycle helmet. Belinda Wigmore (2:52) stormed up the hill after pulling the age card to enter in this category. It just goes to prove that age doesn't matter, when you're fit, you're fit! A superb effort.
In the Senior (Experienced/Regular Rider) group, last years' returning winner, John Storms (1:20) was matched by the excellent climb of Daniel Pink (1:20). Looks like we'll have to invest in better timing gear to separate them next year. The fastest lady up the hill in this group was Maryka Sennema (1:53). A special mention must go to a former winner, Hal Bransbury who, in a moment of madness, attempted the hill towing his two lovely daughters in a trailer. Good effort!
Despite the cold there were some extremely good times posted and a great deal of sporting support for all the competitors. Special congratulations must go to Freddie Wright, Belinda Wigmore and Maryka Sennema who all set new records in their class. Hopefully next year the sun will come out. It'd be nice to line the hill with plenty of spectators to spur the competitors on next time too.
Thank you to everyone who attended for your continued support. We hope to see you and all your friends back next year.
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