Speedy Staunton is trophy favourite

HAINAULT ROADS CLUB 10-mile time trial record was equalled by Howard Staunton last Saturday. The best time over the distance by any member of the club had stood at 20 minutes 57 seconds for 19 years, since John Whitehead s performance in 1990. Staunton

HAINAULT ROADS CLUB 10-mile time trial record was equalled by Howard Staunton last Saturday.

The best time over the distance by any member of the club had stood at 20 minutes 57 seconds for 19 years, since John Whitehead's performance in 1990.

Staunton journeyed 260 miles to Cumbria in order to race on the famously quick L1015 course.

With the fastest time at this distance all year, Staunton now looks favourite to bag the Hainault's 'John Scrutton Rose Bowl' trophy to boot.

The following day, Hainault's Mark Steers rode the Eagle RC 50 mile time trial starting in Ugley, Essex.

He managed to pull off an outstanding ride to slash his previous personal best time by 10 minutes to record 2:01.27.

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"I'm well chuffed, although I was secretly hoping to go under two hours, but with a 10-minute improvement since my last finish in 2006, I can't complain," he said.

The event was won by Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers with a staggering time of 1:50.06.

Meanwhile, in Bedfordshire, former club champion Paul Gee took part in the Icknield RC 10-mile time trial held on the F1b/10 course. Equally affected by cold, windy conditions, Gee nevertheless rode a great race and was happy to finish in a time of 23.46. Richard O'Rourke of Flitch Crono took the top spot with 19.57.

Last Sunday saw the Hainault Roads Clubs racing fraternity out in force to compete in the Redbridge CC 25-mile time trial at Leading Roding.

The annual event, held on the E91/25 course, serves as a contest amongst the Hainault veteran riders to qualify for the Peewit Trophy based on an age-related handicap and open only to those over 40-years-old.

Last year's trophy winner, Brian Ward, put in a valiant effort to hold on to his title with a ride clocking 1:09.23, but was comfortably beaten by an in-form Howard Staunton, with a magnificent ride of 59.16.

Mark Steers took the rank as second fastest Hainault man with his effort of 1:00.32 riding fixed-wheel. Paul Godfrey was next up in 1:04.02, closely followed by club champion Rob Dulson, crossing the line in 1:04.17. Last of the vets was Chris Tomkins, who pulled out a great ride on a new machine with 1:07.32.

Hainault's contingent of younger racers, namely Matthew Smith, Chris Pimm and Patrick Smith put in fine performances with their times of 1:17.05, 1:19.47 and 1:30.43 respectively.

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