The shutters came down belatedly on the Shropshire time trialling season as a delayed eighth and final round of The SB Sports Injuries Series was robbed of a head-to-head battle for the Championship but still saw plenty of drama. Postponed by three weeks due to Storm Alex, the weather was almost as bleak for the 3rd SCCA Autumn 10 as just 10 starters, less than half the expected field endured rain, cold, wind and mud in the latest time trial the SCCA has run. With Dan Watts sitting in pole position that delay meant he couldn’t defend his SB Series lead due to being posted to The Falklands, and he faced an anxious wait to see if Henri Bedford could usurp him.

The presence of two strong riders in the shape of Ben Pierce and David Griffiths braved conditions, and in the process beat Bedford into third spot. Tying on points at the end of the Series, Watts and Bedford could only be spilt on the second count back rule, leaving Watts to add another trophy to a collection that already contains The Shropshire Championship Shield for winning The Friction Hydraulics Series – the first time this double has been achieved. From nearly 8,000 miles away a relieved Watts commented: “I’ve really enjoyed the close battle with Henri this year, shame I couldn’t race the last round and try and win outright and make it a fair victory. Another Series win closes out a successful short season for me where I’ve won more than I expected”.

Bedford knew what he had to do and battled hard against the grim conditions, with significant mud at Hodnet corner and along Tiddly lane adding an extra dimension. Despite posting a very fine 21 minutes 34 second effort he couldn’t beat off the challenge from another Junior Ben Pierce, who made it three wins from three events from a belated start in the Series to slot into the Junior Silver position thanks to his fabulous 20:43 ride. Already having won Junior Gold, Bedford added Overall Silver to his haul in a fine end to his very active season. He stated: “I’m happy to get second Overall even though I came so close to the overall win. It was a deserving Series win by Dan, who is currently enjoying his time in the Falklands – thanks to the SCCA and all of the clubs that hosted the events in this strange time”. 

Pierce has made a huge impact in the events he has ridden but had been beaten by Griffiths in a Wrekinsport club event a fortnight earlier, so victory was far from assured in an intriguing head-to-head that saw him push Griffiths out by 15 seconds on this occasion. The 17 year-old was shocked to hear he had won a medal at the last gasp, revealing: “I’m surprised I got Junior Silver but I’m very happy. It was great to be able to take part in the time trials; hopefully next year will be a better year for us all – thanks to everyone who took the time to help the events happen”.

Griffiths had an even more belated start to his season than many thanks to being busy in his role as a Junior Doctor, but has enjoyed his first foray on the County scene after moving from Scotland. He added: “Thanks to Shropshire CCA for making the Series happen socially distanced despite the Coronavirus crisis. Congratulations for the win to Ben. Unfortunately the legs didn’t feel as good as two weeks prior. I will try to come back next year all guns blazing”!

With eight medals to be decided on the day unusually Deb Hutson-Lumb didn’t get things all her own way thanks to a strong ride from Leonie Keeling. The Oswestry Paragon rider took a fabulous win in the Women’s SB Championship having finished third in the previous round behind Hutson-Lumb and Alison Dockney, both of whom she beat at the final throw of the dice with a great effort of 25:41, with Hutson Lumb runner-up in 26:46 and Dockney 3rd in 27 minutes exactly. Hutson-Lumb had already sealed the SB Women’s Series, but Keeling’s effort did enough to elevate her into the Women’s Silver position ahead of Hafren CC’s Emma Serjeant.

Keeling was pleased with her ride and showed graphically what riders had to put up with in her comments: “A very cold wet, windy and muddy race made for very tough conditions for both competitors and marshals. A very enjoyable Series, thank you very much for efforts to enable us to race, I’ve really enjoyed it – I’m already looking forward to 2021”! Serjeant added: “I’m very pleased to have gained a medal in what has been a very strange year. A big thank you to Shropshire CCA for hard work making racing possible – I’m looking forward to the 2021 season and what should be another great Women’s Championship”.

Hutson-Lumb didn’t go home empty-handed however as she beat Keeling into runner-up spot in the Veteran’s competition. When times were converted to Veteran’s Standards Hutson-Lumb took victory in +2:46, 13 seconds ahead of Keeling, which gave her SB Veteran’s Silver to add to her groaning trophy cabinet. She was pleased to have been pushed hard by a rider new to the sport, as evidenced by her post-race comments: “Well done to Leonie for a very strong ride in horrible conditions. It was too grotty for my time trial bike and kit, so my slightly grubby road gear came out and I was glad of the more grippy tyres even though the ride was tough and slow. It was good to do the final race of the Series; and thanks to organisers and marshals for turning out on a wet and windy day”.

That left the two final medals to go to Wrekinsport’s Chris Halford, who captured Veteran’s Bronze’ and 12 year-old Hafren CC rider Fred Mredith, who gained Junior Bronze. Halford as usual was succinct with his comments: “A big thanks to you and all the people that made racing possible this year, much appreciated”. Meredith was more effusive, adding: “As my ‘Youth A’ road season was cancelled this year I am really grateful to the organisers and helpers at the SCCA SB Series time trials making it possible to get some enjoyable racing in. I’m really happy with my Bronze and will hope to improve on it next year”.


1Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ20:4320
2David GriffithsSCCA Private MemberS20:5818
3Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ21:3416
4Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCS22:4914
5Leoni KeelingOswestry Paragon CCWV25:4112
6Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ25:4910
7DJ FanningRuthin CCV26:37.
8Deb Hutson-LumbNova Raiders WV26:468
9Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CC27:006
10Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCWV29:084


Vets Pos’n Name Club Cat Vet +/- Vets Points
1 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders WV +2:46 20
2 Leonie Keeling Oswestry Paragon CC WV +2:33 18
3 David Fanning Ruthin CC V +0:35 .
4 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC WV +0:03 16


Women’ s Pos’nNameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1Leoni KeelingOswestry Paragon CCWV25:4120
2Deb Hutson-LumbNova Raiders WV26:4618
3Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CC27:0016
4Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCWV29:0814


Junior Pos’nNameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ20:4320
2Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ21:3418
3Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ25:4916

FINAL Cumulative Standings after eight rounds:


PositionNameClubCatBest 6
1Dan WattsSCCA Private MemberS108
2Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ108
3Tim BeardmoreNova RaidersV72
4Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ60
5Tomos HalesWrekinsport CC S58
6David GriffithsSCCA Private MemberS48
7Chris HalfordWrekinsport CC V44
7Dean CallisterNova RaidersS44
9Bryn DaviesHafren CCV30
9Josh WhiteheadCC Bridgnorth RWGS30
Dan Watts and Henri Bedford split on 2nd count back (R4)


PositionNameClubCatBest 6
1Tim BeardmoreNova RaidersV100
2Deb Hutson-LumbNova RaidersWV96
3Chris HalfordWrekinsport CC V72
4Andy RoseNova RaidersV52
5Rich SmithWrekinsport CC V40
6Bryn DaviesHafren CCV38
6Graeme DonnellNova RaidersV38
8Ian ConnollyLudlow CCV36
9Emma SerjeantHafren CCWV34
9Jonathan Mills-KeelingCC Bridgnorth RWGV34


PositionNameClubCatBest 6
1Deb Hutson-LumbNova RaidersWV98
2Leonie KeelingOswestry Paragon CCW70
3Emma SerjeantHafren CCWV54
4Helen BlakeWrekinsport CC 54
5Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CCW52
6Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCWV50
7Liz WhiteWrekinsport CCWV24
8Jenny YorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV22
9Bethan TillWrekinsport CC W18
9Jenny NewtonNova RaidersWV18
Emma Serjeant and Helen Blake split on 1st count back (least counting events to score cumulative points tally)


PositionNameClubCatBest 6
1Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ124
2Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ60
3Fred MeredithHafren CCJ32
4Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ30
5Max BuftonHafren CCJ24
6Carys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ12
7Rebecca WoodvineMid Shropshire WheelersWJ8