A glorious early Spring day saw riders back on the more usual Waters Upton – Hodnet course after the completion of road works for Round 3 of the SB Sports Injuries Series, Shropshire Cycling Clubs Association Spring 10 No.2. Popular with locals and all comers alike, two visiting Team Bottrill riders took the first two places, with Mathew Roberts helping himself to the Overall win with a fine effort of 20 minutes 56 seconds in warm conditions and just the lightest of crosswinds to attend to. Roberts was opening his account for the season and was not expecting a win, but had more early season form than he reckoned, stating: “It was the first time trial of the year for myself and I entered with a laid back and stress free approach, not worrying about big numbers and therefore no high expectations. So it was a surprise to have taken the win! It also went to show that it’s true what Matt Bottrill my coach has told me many times: that speed wins races! So concentrating on the aero side of if rather than power paid off”.

Roberts’ victory was all the sweeter for coming against his brother Danny, 13 seconds back and also on his first competitive outing of the year. Despite the friendly rivalry in play he was happy to take runner-up spot, commenting: “It was good to get the first race of the season under the belt. We couldn’t have asked for better weather from the minute we left North Wales until we got back home! The only negative was the slight crosswind which made the race feel that little bit slow. But we can’t have it all. It wasn’t quite my day and never good to lose, but what can you say or do when it’s your team mate and training partner – well done Mat! Still, very happy to take second place overall, and I was also very happy with the numbers I produced on the day but the fastest man won”.

Taking the honours for the local riders was Wrekinsport CC’s Tomos Hales, who is having a superb start to his season. Hales took the maximum 20 points on offer to narrow the gap to Series leader Jonathan Mills-Keeling to 14 points, with Hales’ 21:24 pushing the Bridgnorth CC rider out by 22 seconds. Hales stated: “The SCCA 10 had some perfect weather for March. A slight crosswind and the warm weather made it a quick day. I was able to get into a much better rhythm than the previous week – thanks to Hafren CC and Oswestry Paragon for putting on the event”.

Mills-Keeling also leas the SB Veterans Series by the same 14 point margin, taking 3rd Veterans spot in +5:00, a solitary second behind Danny Roberts. He had no answer for Deb Hutson-Lumb however, who took yet another double victory with +6:43 and an actual of 23:18 in the SB Women’s Series, beating Nova Raiders’ Marie Llewellyn into second with 25:47 and stretching her Women’s Series lead to 16 points. She also managed to post her fastest ever time on the course too in a great afternoon. She said: “Good weather conditions helped sneak a few seconds off my course PB despite my best efforts to puncture in a road works hole. A great day for it, and good to see some quick times so early in the season – thanks to Oswestry Paragon and Hafren CC, and everyone involved in running the event”.

In the SB Junior Series there was a fine win by North Shropshire Wheelers’ Harry Corney in 22:47 to raw level at the top of the standings with team mate Chester Romei. He commented: “I’m super happy with my time from the weekend. As my second 10 of the year it’s super promising and I’m looking forward to the season ahead – thanks to everyone involved for making the event run smoothly, and well done to everyone that competed”.


1Matthew RobertsTeam BottrillS20:56
2Danny RobertsTeam BottrillV21:09
3Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCS21:2420
4Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV21:4618
5Oliver RodwellWrekinsport CCV21:5216
6Harry CorneyNorth Shropshire WheelersJ22:4714
7James NealeNorth Shropshire WheelersV23:0112
8Chris RileyParamount CRTV23:0410
9Rich SmithWrekinsport CCV23:088
10Darren ShawSCCA Private MemberV23:116
11Deb Hutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV23:184
12Stan ElmittFibrax-Wrexham RCV24:13
13George CoombesSCCA Private MemberS24:282
14Phillip BlackwellStourbridge CCV24:41
15Paul MulreadyBridgnorth CCV24:482
16Mark HillHafren CCV24:502
17Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ25:052
18John WestheadParamount CRTV25:142
19Marie LlewellynNova RaidersW25:472
20Tim EvansNewport Shropshire CCV25:542
21Jan KardaszFibrax-Wrexham RCV26:12
22Chris BowersMid Wirral WheelersV26:15
23Les BougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV26:222
24Pete MulloyMid Shropshire WheelersV26:562
25Tanya SamuelsFibrax-Wrexham RCWV28:29
26Mark StocksNewport Shropshire CCV28:552
27John RowlandsWrekinsport CCV32:232
28Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV32:402
.Steven MoldWrekinsport CCVDNS


Vets Pos’nNameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1Deb Hutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV+6:4320
2Danny RobertsTeam BottrillV+5:01
3Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV+5:0018
4Oliver RodwellWrekinsport CCV+4:2216
5Rich SmithWrekinsport CCV+4:0414
6Chris RileyParamount CRTV+4:0312
7Darren ShawSCCA Private MemberV+3:3010
8Stan ElmittFibrax-Wrexham RCV+3:11
9James NealeNorth Shropshire WheelersV+3:098
10John WestheadParamount CRTV+3:086
11Chris BowersMid Wirral WheelersV+2:43
12Mark HillHafren CCV+2:224
13Paul MulreadyBridgnorth CCV+2:082
14Jan KardaszFibrax-Wrexham RCV+1:54
15Phillip BlackwellStourbridge CCV+1:38
16Tanya SamuelsFibrax-Wrexham RCWV+1:32
17Pete MulloyMid Shropshire WheelersV+1:262
18Les BougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV+1:222
19Tim EvansNewport Shropshire CCV+0:572
20Mark StocksNewport Shropshire CCV-1:312
21John RowlandsWrekinsport CCV-2:292
22Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV-2:592


Women’s Pos’nNameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1Deb Hutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWV23:1820
2Marie LlewellynNova RaidersW25:4718
3Tanya SamuelsFibrax-Wrexham RCWV28:29
4Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV32:4016


Junior Pos’nNameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1Harry CorneyNorth Shropshire WheelersJ22:4720
2Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ25:0518

Cumulative Standings after three rounds


Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth CC V 50
2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 36
3 Darren Shaw SCCA Private Member V 22
=4 Ollie Atkin Newport Shropshire CC S 20
=4 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth CC V 20
6 Dean Callister Revolutions Racing S 18
=7 Dan Watts SCCA Private Member S 16
=7 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC V 16
=9 Chris Riley Paramount CRT V 14
=9 Harry Corney North Shropshire Wheelers J 14
=9 Mark Pritchard Revolutions Racing S 14


Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth CC V 54
2 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC WV 40
3 Darren Shaw SCCA Private Member V 34
4 Chris Riley Paramount CRT V 22
=5 James Powell North Shropshire Wheelers V 18
=5 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth CC V 18
7 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC V 16
=8 Al Horrigan Newport Shropshire CC V 14
=8 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 14
=8 Rich Smith Wrekinsport CC V 14


Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC WV 40
2 Clare O’Donnell Wrekinsport CC WV 24
3 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC W 18
3 Marie Llewellyn Nova Raiders W 18
5 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC WV 16
6 Jan Davies Hafren CC WV 14
7 Alison Salthouse SCCA Private Member WV 12
8 Beth Wilson North Shropshire Wheelers WV 10
9 Angela Boycott Wrekinsport CC WV 6


Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Chester Romei North Shropshire Wheelers J 20
1 Harry Corney North Shropshire Wheelers J 20
3 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC J 18