The rolling A49 is in greater demand this year due to the A442 road works, with the rolling Prees – Battlefield course providing a test for many in Round 4 of the Friction Hydraulics Series, Mid Shropshire Wheelers’ 25. Won overall in an incredible time of 47 minutes 57 seconds by John Archibald riding for HUUB WattShop, for the first time in 2024 reasonable conditions prevailed, resulting in a number of personal bests. Taking the honours for Shropshire, Aerologic’s Dean Callister took his second maximum 60 points of the 2024 Series with an impressive 53:56 despite is with traffic, as he explained: “Always a course I enjoy, however I got held up with traffic three times on the way out and lost a little time, but that’s open road racing. I was pleased with my effort for my first 25 of the year, and a great effort by all the Aerologic team to take the team win on the day”. That team performance saw Aerologic add 155 points to their Top Club Award tally and move up to second place 20 points behind Paramount CRT.

One of the riders scoring a personal best on this testing course was Wrekinsport’s Tomos Hales who seems to be hitting a purple patch of form at the moment. Hales took the County runner-up spot and headed to the top of the Friction Series standings thanks to his 54:40 effort. He was, however, under no illusions of the challenge in front of him before starting, with top quality riders in the field: “Favourable weather actually made the Battlefield time trial rather enjoyable. I managed to get a personal best on this course which was good, and it was great to be well placed in a stacked field. Congratulations to Dean for the Shropshire win, and thanks to Mid Shropshire Wheelers for hosting and holding this great season opener”.

Just 11 seconds behind Hales one of those top quality riders Hales alluded to was breathing down his neck as Oswestry Paragon’s David Griffiths stopped the watch on 54:51. This was Griffiths’ season opener, always a test to see how much of the fitness has remained over the winter months, with Griffiths stating: “It’s good to be back on a bike. This is my first time on my time trial bike this year, a nice rolling route. It was nice to be racing with an ex-team mate from Scotland, John Archibald – thanks to the organisers”.  

In the Female Series Hayley Wells took her second win in as many rounds to take over sole lead at the top of this Series thanks to a solid 1:01:26 ride – a massive reduction on previous efforts on this course, as she explained: “I managed to knock around six minutes off my time from last year on this course and surprised myself by picking up a second personal best of the weekend! It was a tough slog out into the head/cross wind, but some wind assistance was appreciated on the way back – Thanks to Mid Shropshire Wheelers”.

As long as he finished Paramount’s Simon Romei knew he was in for a course best as this was his first attempt. The Battlefield course can catch out the unwary, with seemingly the only flat piece of road through Hadnall. Romei recorded a great +10:14 to see off the attentions of Aerologic’s Jonathan Mills-Keeling by 1:04, but seems to have suffered on the ‘out’ leg: “This is the first time I have raced this 25 course. I found the outward leg testing with a head/cross wind which I really pushed on, going hard, and knowing I had a good tail wind on the way back. I was really happy to take the Veteran’s win. As always the marshals and organisation of Mid Shropshire Wheelers were first class – thank you to everyone marshalled this race”. Hafren CC’s Bryn Davies finish third in +8:07 to hold onto the lead of the Veteran’s Series, but with a narrowed margin of 40 points from Romei and Mills-Keeling who are joint second.


1Dean CallisterAerologic RTO53:5660
2Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCO54:4055
3David GriffithsOswestry Paragon CCO54:5150
4Simon RomeiParamount CRTOV56:4645
5Paul HortonBridgnorth Cycling ClubO57:1240
6Scott PalmerAerologic RTOV58:4135
7Jonathan Mills-KeelingAerologic RTOV58:4330
8Mark PritchardAerologic RTO58:4925
9Devon RoundMid Shropshire WheelersO59:1220
10Bryn DaviesHafren CCOV59:3115
11Hayley WellsWrekinsport CCF1:01:2610
12George CoombesNewport (Shropshire) CCO1:03:225
13Rob KennardAerologic RTOV1:07:175
14Colin WellsParamount CRTOV1:09:185
15Robert GarbettWrekinsport CCOV1:12:435
16Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCFV1:14:105
17Geoff EdgertonNorth Shropshire WheelersOV1:16:115
18Ashley KirkhamWrekinsport CCOV1:17:135
.Victor ChettaMid Shropshire WheelersOVDNS-A.
.Les BougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersOVDNS-A.
.Deb Hutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFVDNS-A.
.Oliver RodwellWrekinsport CCOVDNS-A.


Vets Pos’nNameClubCatVets +/-Vets Points
1Simon RomeiParamount CRTV+10:1460
2Jonathan Mills-KeelingAerologic RTV+9:1055
3Bryn DaviesHafren CCV+8:0750
4Scott PalmerAerologic RTV+7:4045
5Colin WellsParamount CRTV+2:5540
6Geoff EdgertonNorth Shropshire WheelersV+2:3935
7Rob KennardAerologic RTV+2:3830
8Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCFV-0:0125
9Robert GarbettWrekinsport CCV-1:2020
10Ashley KirkhamWrekinsport CCV-10:1315


Female Pos’nNameClubCatTimeFemale Points
1Hayley WellsWrekinsport CCF1:01:2660
2Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCFV1:14:1055
.Deb Hutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFVDNS-A.

Top Club Award:

1Aerologic RT 155
2Wrekinsport CC 75
3Oswestry Paragon CC 55
4Paramount CRT 50
5Bridgnorth Cycling Club 40
6Mid Shropshire Wheelers 20
7Hafren CC 15
8Newport (Shropshire) CC 5
8North Shropshire Wheelers 5

Cumulative Standings after four rounds

Friction and Hydraulic Services Shropshire Championship Points Series

Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 160
2 Paul Horton Bridgnorth Cycling Club S 155
3 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 135
4 Devon Round Mid Shropshire Wheelers S 130
5 Simon Romei Paramount CRT V 125
6 Dean Callister Aerologic RT S 120
7 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Aerologic RT V 115
8 Matthew Garthwaite Newport (Shropshire) CC S 105
9 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT V 65
=10 Oli Freeman Wrekinsport CC S 60
=10 Scott Palmer Aerologic RT V 60

Friction and Hydraulic Services Veterans Championship

Vets Position Name Club Best 12
1 Bryn Davies Hafren CC 210
=2 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Aerologic RT 170
=2 Simon Romei Paramount CRT 170
4 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT 110
5 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC 105
6 Scott Palmer Aerologic RT 85
7 Geoff Edgerton North Shropshire Wheelers 80
8 Colin Wells Paramount CRT 70
9 Mark Fenn Shropshire CCA 65
10 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 50

Friction and Hydraulic Services Female Championship

Female Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Hayley Wells Wrekinsport CC 120
2 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 115
3 Emma Brown Paramount CRT 55

Friction and Hydraulic Services Road Bike Championship

Road Bike Pos’n Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Mark Fenn Shropshire CCA V 100
2 Ashley Kirkham Wrekinsport CC V 65
=3 Jonathan Goh Paramount CRT V 60
=3 Matthew Garthwaite Newport (Shropshire) CC S 60
=5 Paul Bailey Bridgnorth Cycling Club V 55
=5 Scott Palmer Aerologic RT V 55
7 Ian Townsend Paramount CRT V 45
8 David Cannell Paramount CRT V 40
9 Sam Davey Paramount CRT S 35
10 Emma Brown Paramount CRT F 30

Friction and Hydraulic Services Junior Championship

Junior Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC 60

Top Club Award

Position Club Total Points
1 Paramount CRT 360
2 Aerologic RT 340
3 Wrekinsport CC 305
4 Bridgnorth Cycling Club 175
5 Hafren CC 140
6 Mid Shropshire Wheelers 130
7 Newport (Shropshire) CC 125
8 Oswestry Paragon CC 60
=9 Ludlow CC 20
=9 North Shropshire Wheelers 20