The course record was smashed in Round 5 of The SB Sports Injuries Series as George Mills-Keeling became the first rider to dip under the magic 40 minute mark over two laps of the lumpy Shawbirch – Cotwall Bank circuit in Wrekinsport CC’s Hannah Phipps-Jones 19 – despite it being held on a significantly chilly evening. Mills-Keeling was racing here for his amateur team Bridgnorth CC, but is normally found riding for professional outfit AVC Aix En Provence. The 19 year-old breezed around the 19 miles in 39 minutes 53 seconds after being the fastest rider through the 10 mile point in 20:46, maintaining an average speed of over 28½ miles per hour.

Mills-Keeling’s nearest challenger was SB Series leader Henri Bedford, who was just 38 seconds off the pace at the end of the first lap and finished on 41:05. Riders were assisted by not having to battle through the wind, on a very calm evening, with Bedford stretching his lead of both the Overall and Junior SB Series as a result of this ride. He stated: “I loved the extra challenge of another lap on the Wrekinsport course. The weather wasn’t too kind, but it was good fun and I felt smooth. Well done to George for the win and course record, and thanks to Wrekinsport CC for putting on this event”.

Bedford pushed out another Bridgnorth CC rider, Nathan Fullwood in the Junior race, with the 16 year-old making his Series debut with a very creditable 47:52, assisting Bedford to put extra space between himself and Harry Corney to stretch his Junior lead to 20 points, with the Market Drayton CC rider 54 seconds back from Fullwood. Overall Bedford beat off the attentions of Nova Raiders’ Dean Callister, who finished third in 41:32. Callister moved up to Overall runner-up spot in the Overall Series, although he has some tough ground to make up with Bedford now holding a 26 point lead. He stated: “I was happy to take third considering how cold it was! Shivering on the start line is never ideal but it was the same for all. The second lap started to bite a bit after twice up Cotwall Bank – thanks to Wrekinsport and all the marshals for putting the event on”.

In the SB Women’s Series it was another debutante making an immediate impression, with Emma Horne stretching herself from the club 10’s she has competed in so far. Horne stopped the watch on 52:18 to beat Wrekisnport club mate Clare Cotterill by 2:32 – and found herself enjoying the extra distance, commenting: “I really enjoyed my first 19 mile time trial with Wrekinsport despite the cold!  I surprised myself with finding it easier than I expected, and in some ways easier than the 10 mile one – I was very grateful for the tips on the starting line given to me by Rob Jackson which definitely helped my pacing.  I was wrapped up more than most but still struggled – I felt some spots of rain but it just about held off. It would be great to see a few more women so we’re not quite so outnumbered – everyone is very friendly and supportive, so I’d encourage others to have a go like me”!

In the SB Veterans Series it was another Wrekinsport rider, Chris Halford, who took the win and consolidated his lead at the top of the Veteran’s standings, now holding an 18 point lead over George Mills-Keeling’s father Jonathan, who ended his evening as third Veteran in +7:36. Mills-Keeling was beaten by a rider returning from injury, Tim Beardmore, whose Standard was 13 seconds betterl but there was no touching Halford who ended his evening on +8:21 – although he nearly didn’t get to ride thanks to a wheel issue, as he explained: “I’m not sure whether to thank or curse team mate Tomas Hales who got me a spare quick release after forgetting mine – I was still shivering the following day”!

Wrekinsport riders were in competition for The Hannah Phipps-Jones Trophy, based on handicap and rewarding best improvement. Taking Gold was Steve Porter-Knott in an adjusted 40:14, 11 seconds in front of Victoria Doran and 59 seconds ahead of Tomos Hales.

Result – course record for George Mills-Keeling.

Pos’nNameClubCat10 milesTimePoints
1George Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCS20:4639:5320
2Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ21:2441:0518
3Dean CallisterNova RaidersS21:3041:3216
4Dan WattsSCCA Private MemberS21:4442:1114
5Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCS22:2042:4312
6Chris HalfordWrekinsport CCV22:5442:5210
7Tim BeardmoreNova RaidersV22:4743:248
8Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV22:4043:286
9Matt DaviesHolohan Coaching RTS23:2444:264
10George BeckVC de l’agglomération du BourgetS23:1845:19.
11Mark PritchardNova RaidersS24:0045:532
12Darren ShawStourbridge VeloV24:0045:57.
13Phil RobertsWrekinsport CCS23:5146:102
14Rich SmithWrekinsport CCV24:3346:182
15Rob JacksonWrekinsport CCV24:2446:402
16David MoleStourbridge VeloV24:4247:34.
17Nathan FullwoodBridgnorth CCJ25:1447:522
18Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ25:1248:462
19Allan HendersonWrekinsport CCS25:2748:512
20Mike BigwoodWrekinsport CCS25:3548:562
21Ian BondWrekinsport CCS25:4849:432
22George CoombesSCCA Private MemberS26:0550:172
23Christopher RileyParamount CRTV26:2150:192
24Luka StolicWrekinsport CCJ26:3350:482
25Pete MulloyWrekinsport CCV26:0751:092
26Emma HorneWrekinsport CCWV27:2952:182
27Elliott WillsWrekinsport CCS27:1052:282
28Paul CadmanWrekinsport CCV27:0952:392
29Mark StocksNewport Shropshire CCV27:3353:102
30Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV28:5054:502
31Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ28:1255:112
32Marie LlewellynNova RaidersW28:4355:492
33Tom BoydPropel CCS29:2556:142
34Dave SlaterWrekinsport CCV30:0158:002
35Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV31:361:00:252
36Stuart WortleyWrekinsport CCV34:021:05:442
37Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV34:311:06:472
38Becky PughPropel CCW35:361:09:492
39Stephen Porter-KnottWrekinsport CCV36:171:10:142


Vets Pos’nNameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1Chris HalfordWrekinsport CCV+8:2120
2Tim BeardmoreNova RaidersV+7:4918
3Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV+7:3616
4Rob JacksonWrekinsport CCV+5:4814
5Rich SmithWrekinsport CCV+5:4712
6Darren ShawStourbridge VeloV+4:58.
7Emma HorneWrekinsport CCWV+4:0810
8David MoleStourbridge VeloV+3:30.
9Pete MulloyWrekinsport CCV+2:558
10Christopher RileyParamount CRTV+1:246
11Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV+0:154
12Paul CadmanWrekinsport CCV+0:142
13Mark StocksNewport Shropshire CCV-0:542
14Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV-5:392
15Dave SlaterWrekinsport CCV-7:562
16Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV-10:092
17Stuart WortleyWrekinsport CCV-12:512
18Stephen Porter-KnottWrekinsport CCV-20:102


Women’s Pos’nNameClubCat10 milesTimeWomen’s Points
1Emma HorneWrekinsport CCWV27:2952:1820
2Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV28:5054:5018
3Marie LlewellynNova RaidersW28:4355:4916
4Victoria DoranWrekinsport CCWV31:361:00:2514
5Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV34:311:06:4712
6Becky PughPropel CCW35:361:09:4910


Junior Pos’nNameClubCat10 milesTimeJunior Points
1Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ21:2441:0520
2Nathan FullwoodBridgnorth CCJ25:1447:5218
3Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ25:1248:4616
4Luka StolicWrekinsport CCJ26:3350:4814
5Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ28:1255:1112

Cumulative standings


PositionNameClubCatBest 12
1Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ94
2Dean CallisterNova RaidersS68
3David GriffithsOswestry Paragon CCS52
4Chris HalfordWrekinsport CCV38
4James SatoorMid Shropshire WheelersJ38
6Tomos HalesWrekinsport CCS36
7Adam BakerSCCA Private MemberS28
8Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ24
9Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV22
10George Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCS20


PositionNameClubCatBest 12
1Chris HalfordWrekinsport CCV78
2Jonathan Mills-KeelingBridgnorth CCV60
3Rob JacksonWrekinsport CCV44
4Andy RoseNova RaidersV32
5Jenny YorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV30
6Oliver RodwellWrekinsport CCV28
7Bryn DaviesHafren CCV26
7Pete MulloyWrekinsport CCV26
9Deb Hutson-LumbNova RaidersWV22
9Rich SmithWrekinsport CCV22


PositionNameClubCatBest 12
1Clare CotterillWrekinsport CCWV54
2Marie LlewellynNova RaidersW50
3Deb Hutson-LumbNova RaidersWV36
4Jenny YorkMid Shropshire WheelersWV34
5Helen TudorOswestry Paragon CCWV32
6Pauline HughesRevolutions RacingWV24
7Clare O’DonnellWrekinsport CCWV22
8Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CCW20
8Alison SalthouseSCCA Private MemberWV20
8Emma HorneWrekinsport CCWV20


PositionNameClubCatBest 12
1Henri BedfordRevolutions RacingJ100
2Harry CorneyMarket Drayton CCJ80
3James SatoorMid Shropshire WheelersJ52
4Ethan CampbellNewport Shropshire CCJ38
5Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ18
5Nathan FullwoodBridgnorth CCJ18
7Cerys BlowersMid Shropshire WheelersWJ14
7Luka StolicWrekinsport CCJ14
9Ben SouthgateWrekinsport CCJ12