The finale of The Little Sweetpea Gardens/BBR Opticians Hill Climb Series saw a return to Station Road, Ironbridge for Round 11, Newport Shropshire CC’s promotion. With seven of the 12 Series medals still undecided there was still much to play for on the 0.75 mile climb, which enjoyed fine weather and an unexpected winner. Ludlow Brewery RT rider Steven Prince is normally active in hill climbs, but illness couldn’t have come at a worst time for this short, sharp, season-ending Series. Prince took a strong win of six seconds in both Overall and Veterans competitions with a fine climb of 3 minutes 39 seconds.

Prince was at least happy to get one climb under his belt, and enjoyed his morning out, stating: “Really pleased to have won on a climb I like, it’s deceptively long and steep and can catch you out. It’s the first SCCA hill climb I’ve been able to do as I had Covid at the start of August so double happy. Thanks to Newport Shropshire CC and the timekeepers – sunshine in hill climb season”!

Prince’s nearest challenge came from John Woodward who has posted some excellent results in the 2021 Series, but his 3:45 effort was probably aided by the adrenalin rush of almost missing his start: “I turned up to the start line with 30 seconds to spare, and carried that stress all the way up! I didn’t go that well and faded in the middle, but was able to pick it back up towards the end. Thanks to all involved, great Series”!

A first-timer made an immediate impression to take the third spot, with Chris Allcott a further six seconds back on 3:51 enjoying the atmosphere of a large contingent of spectators and a good field of 20 riders: “A great hill climb event organised by Newport CC! It was a nice sight seeing most of the participants and spectators riding over as part of their Sunday club rides as well – I’ll be back again next year”.

With just two points separating Robbie Disney and Jack Young it was all to play for with the final Overall Bronze medal settled by Disney posting 4:02 to Young’s 4:08, taking Bronze by just two points difference. Oswestry Paragon’s Young had beaten Disney by 19 seconds back in Round 2 when Nova Raiders had to use the Station Road climb as a reserve course, but the Ludlow CC has evidently picked up form as the season has progressed, although he was 13 seconds down on that earlier effort, which was reflected in his post-race comments: “Very similar to earlier in the season when I did it. Not much in the legs coming towards the end of the season, but a nice tailwind on the day helped. It was very unexpected to come away with the Bronze. I enjoy doing these hill climbs but I’m not as good as the other big names, just wish I could put out more competitive times”.

Young had taken the Junior Hill Climb Championship back in Round 8 so still had something to celebrate, stating: “It went well, I really enjoyed it, although the climb was a little bit more than I expected – thanks to all the organisers”. That left the final two Junior medals to be sealed by Mid Shropshire Wheelers’ Joseph Lycett, taking Silver; and Mule CC’s Louis Lermite winning Bronze.

Silver and Bronze medals were still in play in both the Veteran’s and Women’s Championships too, Paramount CRT’s Chris Riley taking Veteran’s Silver and Oswestry Paragon’s Neil Coles the Bronze. Riley has enjoyed his season as evidenced by his comments when told of that medal win: “SCCA hill climbs are short, lung busting and as much fun you can have in four minutes. A great crowd of organisers and competitors and a lovely atmosphere at every event, winning a Veteran’s medal is the icing on the cake – thanks to the brilliant SCCA”. Coles added: “I’m very pleased to win Bronze; I thought my medal winning days were done. Seems to be a very good show of Veteran riders lately, I’m content on just riding as support and “yeah” for fun – many thanks to Newport CC for a very well organised final event”.

There was a first time appearance for Mid Shropshire Wheelers’ Carys Blowers at the last gasp, and on the evidence of a dominant win of 1:37 she has a clear future in the discipline with a strong 4:37 effort. She stated: “I was really happy to be first Woman as I like training on hill climbs and this was my first hill climb this year”.

That left a straight head-to-head for the Woman’s Silver and Bronze, with two Wrekinsport CC club mates battling it out. Clare Cotterill took Silver thanks to her 6:14 climb, with Victoria Doran back on 7:21 taking the Bronze. Cotterill commented: “A really tough climb but well organised and supported by Newport CC members. Nice to get another medal for Wrekinsport”! Doran added: “In hindsight I could have gone a lot harder, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually make it up, so played it safe and enjoyed it! Can’t believe that I’ve got a Bronze for hill climbing! I’m delighted to get another medal”.


1Steven PrinceLudlow Brewery RTV3:3920
2John WoodwardUnattachedS3:45.
3Chris AllcottUnattachedS3:51.
4Robbie DisneyLudlow CCS4:0218
5Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ4:0816
5Matt MorrisWolverhampton Wheelers CCV4:08.
7Matt BlytheNewport Shropshire CCV4:1114
8Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV4:3512
9Ben ThompsonWrekinsport CCS4:3610
10Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ4:378
10Andrew TomlinsonWolverhampton RCCV4:37.
12Mark SpruceWolverhampton Wheelers CCV4:57.
13Stephen DavisNewport Shropshire CCV5:176
14Tom PageNewport Shropshire CCS5:224
15Martin RobertsNewport Shropshire CCV5:272
16Aleks StojanovicWolverhampton Wheelers CCV5:48.
17Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV6:142
18Samuel OllyNewport Shropshire CCS7:122
19Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV7:212
.Megan FletcherNewport Shropshire CCWJDNF.

Veterans on Actual:

Vets Pos’nNameClubCatTimePoints
1Steven PrinceLudlow Brewery RTV3:3920
2Matt MorrisWolverhampton Wheelers CCV4:08.
3Matt BlytheNewport Shropshire CCV4:1118
4Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV4:3516
5Andrew TomlinsonWolverhampton RCCV4:37.
6Mark SpruceWolverhampton Wheelers CCV4:57.
7Stephen DavisNewport Shropshire CCV5:1714
8Martin RobertsNewport Shropshire CCV5:2712
9Aleks StojanovicWolverhampton Wheelers CCV5:48.
10Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV6:1410
11Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV7:218


Women’s Pos’nNameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ4:3720
2Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV6:1418
3Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV7:2116
.Megan FletcherNewport Shropshire CCWJDNF.


Junior Pos’nNameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ4:0820
2Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ4:3718
.Megan FletcherNewport Shropshire CCWJDNF.

Final Cumulative standings after 11 rounds


PositionNameClubCatBest 6 
1Kirk VickersHolohan Coaching RTS120
2Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCS102
3Robbie DisneyLudlow CCS90
4Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ88
5David ScottMule CCS76
6John HinesNewport Shropshire CCV60
7Scott PalmerBridgnorth CCV56
8Louis LermiteMule CCJ50
9Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ44
9Chris RileyParamount CRTV44
9Mason DurantParamount CRTS44
12James DaviesMule CCV40
13Ben ThompsonWrekinsport CCS36
14Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV32
15Adam BakerSCCA Private MemberS30
16Luka StolicWrekinsport CCJ26
17Matt BlytheNewport Shropshire CCV24
18Phil RobertsWrekinsport CCS20
18Rob McGregorParamount CRTS20
18Steven PrinceLudlow Brewery RTV20


PositionNameClubCatBest 6 
1John HinesNewport Shropshire CCV114
2Chris RileyParamount CRTV104
3Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV94
4Peter JukesMid Shropshire WheelersV66
5James DaviesMule CCV60
5Scott PalmerBridgnorth CCV60
7Matt BlytheNewport Shropshire CCV34
8Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV20
8Steven PrinceLudlow Brewery RTV20
10James GriffithsClee CyclesV18
11Des PughHafren CCV16
11John GlanvilleNorth Shropshire WheelersV16
11Mark WhiteMid Shropshire WheelersV16
11Rob KerrOswestry Paragon CCV16
11Steve MintonLudlow Brewery RTV16
16Adam RileyOswestry Paragon CCV14
16Jon BradleyNova RaidersV14
16Jonathan DavisMule CCV14
16Richard DykeLudlow CCV14
16Stephen DavisNewport Shropshire CCV14
16Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV14


PositionNameClubCatBest 6 
1Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CCW100
2Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV36
3Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV32
4Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ20
4Robin JonesBridgnorth CCW20
6Elizabeth BreezeMule CCWV18
6Sally EllisMule CCW18
8Sue TaylorMule CCWV16


PositionNameClubCatBest 6 
1Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ118
2Joseph LycettMid Shropshire WheelersJ70
3Louis LermiteMule CCJ60
4Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ56
5Luka StolicWrekinsport CCJ36
6Tom HydeNewport Shropshire CCJ34
7Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ32
8Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ18
8Harvey GriffithsLudlow Brewery RTJ18
10Cameron PemberLudlow Brewery RTJ16
10Noah WhiteMid Shropshire WheelersJ16