The old course record was broken six times, equalled once and lowered three times in Round 6 of The SB Sports Injuries Series in a memorable afternoon at Cold Hatton as Juniors caused an upset. Matt Garthwaite’s 2019 record of 21 minutes 13 seconds was the tantalising carrot for a huge field of 64 riders making the most of the warm September weather – with the record instantly lowered by the first rider off the line Dan Watts with a powerful ride of 21:05.

That Watts finished 6th in the SCCA’s first Autumn 10 shows the quality of the field taking the start, and he held that record for just seven minutes before Dean Callister lowered the bar below the 21 minute mark for the first time with an excellent 20:59. Callister finished 4th and held the record for 7½ minutes before an audacious ride from Mid Shropshire Wheelers’ 17 year-old Ben Pierce put the record setting to bed, with a victory by a huge margin of 32 seconds thanks to an outstanding ride of 20:24.

Despite two other riders subsequently beating Garthwaite’s time they could not better Pierce’s on his debut in the 2020 SB Series – a personal best beating his previous best set in August by 39 seconds, reflecting that the youngster appears to have benefited greatly from coaching by Clee Cycles’ Dave Griffiths, a former County Best all Rounder winner. With the D10/3 reserve course running between Cold Hatton and Shawbirch in use due to road works at Peplow that record is likely to stand for a while, with Pierce coping well with the crosswind and the lumpier nature of this course. He stated: “I was pleased to get the win and shocked to break the course record. I would like to thank the organisers for holding a great event in the current Covid climate”.

Juniors seem to be getting stronger and stronger this year with 16 year-old Henri Bedford also registering a fine personal best of 20:56 to also beat the 21 minute mark for the first time and take the runner-up spot ahead of some fierce competition, showing why he has retained his SB Junior Series title and pulling out his Overall Series lead over Watts to 10 points, setting up a terrific tussle in the remaining two rounds for the title. Bedford knocked 16 seconds off his best on a day that was hardly the easiest, and was delighted with his efforts, stating: “It was good to go back on that course after not doing it last year. I shaved several minutes off my previous course record and beat my all time 10 PB by going sub-21 for the first time which I was over the moon with. Well done to Ben for winning the overall with an amazing time”.

It was a close run thing for third spot however with three riders separated by just two seconds breathing down Bedford’s neck. That third podium place went to CC Bridgnorth’s Josh Whitehead in a superb time of 20:58, pushing out Callister by a second and SCCA Private Member David Griffiths by a further second, showing how close things were at the top. Whitehead was making his debut in the SB Series and made an immediate impact. His comments show graphically how this course and conditions can affect riders but just how addictive time trialling can be: “The course is fast with only around 200ft of elevation, however it is open and exposed, and with 15mph crosswinds the race was made pretty brutal being a slog in places. Lining up at the start I felt pretty tired, with my heart rate backing that up. Despite that, I pushed on hard and got everything out myself by the time I crossed the finish line. I’m satisfied with my position and time but I’ll be back for more”.

In the Veterans there was a familiar name at the top of the standings with Nova Raiders’ Deb Hutson-Lumb taking the win from team mate Tim Beardmore by 7 seconds in +5:34. Hutson-Lumb elevated herself into 3rd spot in the Veteran’s Championship as well as heading to the top of the SB Women’s Series for the first time thanks to her 23:58 effort, although she admitted struggling towards the end: “This is only the second time I’ve ridden the Cold Hatton – Shawbirch 10 and I’d forgotten that the last mile or so is a bit undulating. Add a headwind into the equation and it was a grovel to the finish line. That said I think it’s just as good a course as the Hodnet version with some good times on the day. Great to see Sarah Grant and Alison Dockney back out racing and both doing excellent rides. Looking forward to the next one and fingers crossed we keep the good weather”.

Hutson-Lumb’s comments referred to two riders who have been missing from the County scene with Grant riding her first race of the year and beating Hutson-Lumb to the Women’s win with an excellent 23:26, with Market Drayton CC’s Dockney taking third spot in 24:06. Grant was another rider setting a personal best – by a single second. She commented: “I was so excited to be back racing and over the moon with the result – I even managed a PB! It was tough out there in the wind. Great competition all round and a fantastic turn out, thanks so much to the organisers for putting on the racing in such a challenging year”.

Meanwhile in the Veterans Beardmore stretched his Series lead by four points after equalling Garthwaite’s old record of 21:13 to inish 7th Overall, but suffered in the conditions, revealing: “I was hoping for a sub-21 but I went out too hard and struggled to find comfort and rhythm on the bike. The cross winds kept you focused, and the last mile or so was particularly hard. Well done too all who raced with some very close times. Thanks to all involved in organising”.


1BenPierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ20:2420
2HenriBedfordRevolutions RacingJ20:5618
3JoshWhiteheadCC Bridgnorth RWGS20:5816
4DeanCallisterNova RaidersS20:5914
5DavidGriffithsSCCA Private MemberS21:0012
6DanielWattsSCCA Private MemberS21:0510
7TimBeardmoreNova RaidersV21:138
8JonathanMills-KeelingCC Bridgnorth RWGV21:556
9ChrisHalfordWrekinsport CCV21:574
10RyanGreavesHuub Ribble PAJ22:07.
11AndrewRoseNova RaidersV22:252
12TomosHalesWrekinsport CCS22:252
13GraemeDonnellNova RaidersV23:112
14NeilBuckleyPort Sunlight WheelersV23:19.
15StevenPrinceLudlow Brewery RTV23:242
16SarahGrantProvision RTW23:26.
17AdamMumfordWrekinsport CCS23:262
18PeterFletcherMule CCV23:28.
19FredMeredithHafren CCJ23:312
20MikeBigwoodWrekinsport CCS23:562
21DebHutson-LumbNova RaidersWV23:582
22TomWhitworthRAF CAS24:00.
23RichardHowesWrekinsport CCV24:052
24AlisonDockneyMarket Drayton CCW24:062
25DylanRobertsWrecsam TriS24:09.
26AllanHendersonWrekinsport CCS24:142
27RichardElmittWrexham RCV24:22.
28MarkHillHafren CCV24:342
29IanConnollyLudlow CCV24:392
30FraserMacKinnonWrekinsport CCV24:392
31EmmaSerjeantHafren CCWV24:492
32ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV24:542
35DaveWoodvineMid Shropshire WheelersV25:002
36LeonieKeelingOswestry Paragon CCWV25:062
37DavidFanningRuthin CCV25:19.
38JanKardaszWrexham RCV25:21.
39JasonArnoldHafren CCV25:222
40PeterMulloyWrekinsport CCV25:322
41MikeNewmanWrekinsport CCS25:472
42OliverAllanMarket Drayton CCV25:482
43SteveChapmanNova RaidersV25:492
44PeterEverettWrexham RCS25:57.
45BenRichardsCC Bridgnorth RWGS26:102
46LouiseHurdleyHafren CCWV26:112
47JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV26:272
48ChrisBowersEn VeloV26:40.
49MaxBuftonHafren CCJ26:412
50JennyNewtonNova RaidersWV26:472
51DaveYorkMid Shropshire WheelersV26:502
52TonyHarveyMid Shropshire WheelersV27:102
53RobinSheddenWrekinsport CCV27:502
54HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV28:022
55AndrewWilliamsMid Shropshire WheelersV29:112
56StephenSmoutNorth Shropshire WheelersV29:142
57KarlTrimbleEn VeloV29:33.
59HelenBlakeWrekinsport CC31:082
60ClareO’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV32:482
61KarlRobertsWrekinsport CCV32:572
62HannahJukes-JonesWrekinsport CCWV35:322


1CharlotteChapmanNova RaidersW
1JaneChapmanNova RaidersWV25:36


Vets Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1DebHutson-LumbNova RaidersWV+5:3420
2TimBeardmoreNova RaidersV+5:2718
3JonathanMills-KeelingCC Bridgnorth RWGV+4:4516
4ChrisHalfordWrekinsport CCV+4:4314
5AndrewRoseNova RaidersV+4:3312
6GraemeDonnellNova RaidersV+4:0110
7JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV+3:498
8EmmaSerjeantHafren CCWV+3:316
9PeterFletcherMule CCV+3:17.
10LeonieKeelingOswestry Paragon CCWV+3:084
11StevenPrinceLudlow Brewery RTV+2:582
12RichardElmittWrexham RCV+2:45.
13NeilBuckleyPort Sunlight WheelersV+2:43.
14RichardHowesWrekinsport CCV+2:402
15MarkHillHafren CCV+2:242
16PeterMulloyWrekinsport CCV+2:202
17JennyNewtonNova RaidersWV+2:192
18JanKardaszWrexham RCV+2:18.
19IanConnollyLudlow CCV+2:152
20LouiseHurdleyHafren CCWV+2:092
21ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV+2:042
22FraserMacKinnonWrekinsport CCV+2:012
23DavidFanningRuthin CCV+1:53.
24SteveChapmanNova RaidersV+1:502
25ChrisBowersEn VeloV+1:50.
26DaveWoodvineMid Shropshire WheelersV+1:452
27JasonArnoldHafren CCV+1:232
28DaveYorkMid Shropshire WheelersV+1:232
29HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV+1:092
30OliverAllanMarket Drayton CCV+1:012
31TonyHarveyMid Shropshire WheelersV+0:232
32RobinSheddenWrekinsport CCV-0:112
33AndrewWilliamsMid Shropshire WheelersV-1:382
35KarlTrimbleEn VeloV-2:16.
36StephenSmoutNorth Shropshire WheelersV-2:252
37ClareO’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV-3:372
38KarlRobertsWrekinsport CCV-5:402
39HannahJukes-JonesWrekinsport CCWV-6:212


Women’s Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1SarahGrantProvision RTW23:26.
2DebHutson-LumbNova RaidersWV23:5820
3AlisonDockneyMarket Drayton CCW24:0618
4EmmaSerjeantHafren CCWV24:4916
5LeonieKeelingOswestry Paragon CCWV25:0614
6LouiseHurdleyHafren CCWV26:1112
7JennyYorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV26:2710
8JennyNewtonNova RaidersWV26:478
9HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV28:026
11HelenBlakeWrekinsport CC31:084
12ClareO’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV32:482
13HannahJukes-JonesWrekinsport CCWV35:322


Junior Pos’nForenameSurnameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1BenPierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ20:2420
2HenriBedfordRevolutions RacingJ20:5618
3RyanGreavesHuub Ribble PAJ22:07.
4FredMeredithHafren CCJ23:3116
6MaxBuftonHafren CCJ26:4114

Cumulative Standings after six rounds


Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing J 102
2 Dan Watts SCCA Private Member S 92
3 Tim Beardmore Nova Raiders V 66
4 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 42
5 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC V 40
=6 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 30
=6 Dean Callister Nova Raiders S 30
8 Jonathan Mills-Keeling CC Bridgnorth RWG V 22
=9 Ben Pierce Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 20
=9 Mike Bigwood Wrekinsport CC S 20
=9 Will Lewis CC Bridgnorth RWG S 20


Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Tim Beardmore Nova Raiders V 82
2 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC V 58
3 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders WV 56
=4 Andy Rose Nova Raiders V 40
=4 Rich Smith Wrekinsport CC V 40
6 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 38
=7 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC WV 34
=7 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC V 34
=7 Jonathan Mills-Keeling CC Bridgnorth RWG V 34
10 Graeme Donnell Nova Raiders V 30


Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders WV 60
=2 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC WV 54
=2 Helen Blake Wrekinsport CC W 54
4 Leonie Keeling Oswestry Paragon CC W 34
5 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC WV 32
6 Liz White Wrekinsport CC WV 24
=7 Alison Dockney Market Drayton CC W 18
=7 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC W 18
=9 Clare O’Donnell Wrekinsport CC WV 16
=9 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC WV 16


Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing J 124
2 Ben Pierce Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 20
3 Fred Meredith Hafren CC J 16
4 Max Bufton Hafren CC J 14

Gallery of 188 images courtesy of Mark Stocks from the event taken at Eyton crossroads available for download