A glorious afternoon saw a glorious win for Tomos Hales as he coped best with the lumpy and technical Bridgnorth CC Hilly 21 to stop the watch on 48 minutes 26 seconds and extend his lead at the top of the Friction Hydraulics Series in Round 5 to 20 points. Held on the Bridgnorth – Much Wenlock – Shipton – Morville triangle, a simply stunning effort in the Road Bike category saw Tom Herbert finish fifth overall. Hales had some serious competition in the shape of Oswestry Paragon’s David Griffiths and Newport’s Matt Garthwaite, both renowned fast men, but had a determined look on his face as he reeled in team mate and Female winner Hayley Wells for a minute at the 2.3 mile point in Morville whilst passing just 200 metres from the finish line, coping with the tricky gradients this course is renowned for best.

Hales took the win from Griffiths, who was getting his first taste of the circuit by 58 seconds, with Matt Garthwaite taking the final podium position in 50:30. The Wrekinsport rider stated: “I did enjoy tackling this challenging course. I planned to attack the hills and recover on the descents, which worked rather well. I was very pleased to take the win on the day. Congratulations to the other Tom who took the Road Bike win with a very impressive time; and thanks to Bridgnorth CC for hosting and all the marshals that made this event possible

Griffiths seems to have entered the event blind to the challenges it throws up, with regular gear changes and ‘into the red’ efforts required – particularly on the long 14% exit of Much Wenlock which can catch the unwary out. Still posting a great time of 49:24, he commented: “A tough course I’ve never done before. A brute of a hill halfway, I blew up after this climb. It was nice to be out; and well done to Tomos for the win – an event I’d like to win in the future”.

Griffiths wasn’t the only one getting first experience of the course as Female winner Hayley Wells stormed around the course in 55:28 to open up a big 65 point advantage at the head of the standings. The mix of terrain seemed to have suited her to a tee as she commented: “My first time riding this course and it was a fun, testing one! Some real leg burners, but this was balanced out by the fast sections – thanks to Bridgnorth CC”.

Ride of the day came from Tom Herbert, stunning his Bridgnorth CC team mate Paul Horton, the early Friction Series leader when checking times at the finish line as he could barely credit Herbert had finished just five seconds behind him in 51:13 despite Horton being on a full time trial rig. Herbert set a blistering pace with a keen head-to-head battle with team mate Chris Childs spurring him on on roads he knows like the back of his hand: “It’s a brilliant course for road bikes with plenty going on. I’m lucky to know those roads well, but I’m a little on the heavy side for a climber, so it was the fast rolling middle leg that really suited me. I felt like I was able to get as much as I could out of myself and the bike on that stretch. The big competition for me today was of course my team mate Chris Childs who, along with Jason Meyer and others, has been helping getting me up to speed with all aspects of racing, and the training we’ve done through the off-season has helped no end. Huge thanks to them for that. As always our own Tim Beardmore has put on a great event with the help of our club, so to have some cracking weather to race in was the icing on the cake”.

In the Veterans Championship Simon Romei made it two wins on the trot as he beat Paramount team mate Chris Riley by 50 seconds in +4:35. Romei narrowed the gap at the head of the standings to 30 points behind Hafren CC’s Bryn Davies, 3rd on the day in +3:30. Romei’s comments graphically show the challenge on offer: “A great race this Hilly 21 mile time trial, some really tough climbing in the first eight miles on the way out especially, after turning left after the Gaskell Arms – this is a really climbing test on a time trial rig. I hit the back side really hard knowing the course and it being a fast twisting road back into the finish. Bridgnorth CC did a fantastic job of organising this event, a big thank you to all the marshals. We even got some warm sunshine and blue skies for this race”.

Illness stopped Romei’s son Chester competing, giving a clear run to Ben Southgate, who just beat the hour in 59:18. He wasn’t feeling too well either on a course that would normally suit his light weight, but was pleased he got around, commenting: “The course was tough. I wasn’t feeling too great on the day but pushed through”.


Pos’nFirst Name Last Name Club Cat Time Points
1TomosHalesWrekinsport CCS48:2660
2DavidGriffithsOswestry Paragon CCS49:2455
3MatthewGarthwaiteNewport (Shropshire) CCS50:3050
4PaulHortonBridgnorth Cycling ClubS51:0845
5ThomasHerbertBridgnorth Cycling ClubS51:1340
6SimonRomeiParamount CRTV51:3335
7DevonRoundMid Shropshire WheelersS52:0230
8ChrisChildsBridgnorth Cycling ClubS52:3125
9BrynDaviesHafren CCV53:0920
10ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV54:0015
11HayleyWellsWrekinsport CCF55:2810
12RobertMcGregorParamount CRTS56:095
13MarkFennShropshire CCAV58:205
14BenSouthgateWrekinsport CC59:185
15DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFV1:04:375
16ColinWellsParamount CRTV1:05:335
17AshleyKirkhamWrekinsport CCV1:10:555
.JamesGriffithsBridgnorth Cycling ClubVDNS-A.
.PaulDuncanParamount CRTVDNS-A.
.ChesterRomeiParamount CRTDNS-A.


Vets Pos’nFirst Name Last Name Club Cat Vet +/-Vets Points
1SimonRomeiParamount CRTV+4:3560
2ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV+3:4555
3BrynDaviesHafren CCV+3:3050
4DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFV-1:2445
5MarkFennShropshire CCAV-2:1240
6ColinWellsParamount CRTV-5:0535
7AshleyKirkhamWrekinsport CCV-14:4730


Female Pos’nFirst Name Last Name Club Cat Time Female Points
1HayleyWellsWrekinsport CCF55:2860
2DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFV1:04:3755

Road Bikes:

RB Pos’nFirst Name Last Name Club Cat RB Adj TimeRB Points
1ThomasHerbertBridgnorth Cycling ClubS51:1360
2ChrisChildsBridgnorth Cycling ClubS52:3155
3DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCFV56:4150
4MarkFennShropshire CCAV57:2945
5AshleyKirkhamWrekinsport CCV1:10:0440


Junior Pos’nFirst Name Last Name Club Cat Time Junior Points
1BenSouthgateWrekinsport CC59:1860
.ChesterRomeiParamount CRTDNS-A.

Top Club Award:

Pos’nClub Points
1Bridgnorth Cycling Club 110
2Wrekinsport CC 85
3Paramount CRT 60
4Oswestry Paragon CC 55
5Newport (Shropshire) CC 50
6Mid Shropshire Wheelers 30
7Hafren CC 20

Cumulative Standings after five rounds

Friction and Hydraulic Services Shropshire Championship Points Series

Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 220
2 Paul Horton Bridgnorth Cycling Club S 200
=3 Devon Round Mid Shropshire Wheelers S 160
=3 Simon Romei Paramount CRT V 160
=5 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 155
=5 Matthew Garthwaite Newport (Shropshire) CC S 155
7 Dean Callister Aerologic RT S 120
8 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Aerologic RT V 115
9 David Griffiths Oswestry Paragon CC S 105
10 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT V 80

Friction and Hydraulic Services Veterans Championship

Vets Position Name Club Best 12
1 Bryn Davies Hafren CC 260
2 Simon Romei Paramount CRT 230
3 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Aerologic RT 170
4 Christopher Riley Paramount CRT 165
=5 Colin Wells Paramount CRT 105
=5 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC 105
=5 Mark Fenn Shropshire CCA 105
8 Scott Palmer Aerologic RT 85
9 Geoff Edgerton North Shropshire Wheelers 80
10 Ashley Kirkham Wrekinsport CC 75

Friction and Hydraulic Services Female Championship

Female Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Hayley Wells Wrekinsport CC 180
2 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 115
=3 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC 55
=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 145
2 Ashley Kirkham Wrekinsport CC V 105
=3 Jonathan Goh Paramount CRT V 60
=3 Matthew Garthwaite Newport (Shropshire) CC S 60
=3 Thomas Herbert Bridgnorth Cycling Club S 60
=6 Chris Childs Bridgnorth Cycling Club S 55
=6 Paul Bailey Bridgnorth Cycling Club V 55
=6 Scott Palmer Aerologic RT V 55
9 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC FV 50
10 Ian Townsend Paramount CRT V 45

Friction and Hydraulic Services Junior Championship

Junior Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC 120

Top Club Award

Position Club Total Points
1 Paramount CRT 420
2 Wrekinsport CC 390
3 Aerologic RT 340
4 Bridgnorth Cycling Club 285
5 Newport (Shropshire) CC 175
=6 Hafren CC 160
=6 Mid Shropshire Wheelers 160
8 Oswestry Paragon CC 115
=9 Ludlow CC 20
=9 North Shropshire Wheelers 20