Clock Tower Club Run - Sunday's at 0900 from Maidenhead Station Car Park
Bird Hills Club Run - Sunday's at 0830 from Bird Hills Golf Course Entrance on Drift Road
We had a couple of guests from the Birds Hill Group today - which was a bit scary at first, but they were both gentle on us. Andrew and Heather joined Dave D, Pedro, myself and new member Nikki for the ride in the ridiculously mild November weather this morning. It was mild and dry, but we knew that the southerly wind was going to really pick up, and with my hip injury I needed to try and keep things reasonably flat, so we started off on a route to Windsor Great Park through Eton, Datchet and Runnymede.
I thought it was about time I started writing the clock tower runs up again! Haven't written for a while...but we have still been going out each week.
This week was fairly quiet - lots of people had events on, although none quite as exciting as Dave D coming 20th when representing team GB in the World Duathlon Championships in Darwin - he completed the 10k run/40k cycle/5k run in 2h 24m which put him 20th out of the 42 in his Age Group - amazing!
World TT Championships in Denmark Thursday 3rd
Stuart Auckland came 40th in 27:57 compared to the winner in 23:58
Sunday 5th - H25/8 A31 Bentley/ Farnham
Jon Elliott 0:59:04 - PB &1st time going under the hour. In the afternoon he then did 1:04:52 in the club 25tt Championship.
Maidenhead 1/2 Marathon
The organisers of the Maidenhead half Marathon, have been in touch looking for a rider to be at the front of the race to make sure the path is kept clear for the leading riders. I did this last year with another skyride leader, but so far, I'm the only one to respond back.
The race starts at 9.30, but we need to be at the town hall around 8.30. Last year I did a quick recci of the 1st couple of miles through the town.
Saturday 29th - H10/8 - A31 / Bentley Dry for the racing with a light SE Wind
Danuta 22.48 2nd lady and only 6 sec off winning
Jorj 23.05 riding fixed
Andrew 21.46 course PB
Michael 29.56 and please to be under 30minutes.
Sunday 30th - H17/10r - A420 Kingston Bagpuize. A NE wind which isn't good. The rain stopped for our riders
Jon E 23.05 and a PB.
Monday 31st - F11/10 - A41
There were 10 at the clock tower this morning, two of whom were new ladies, and it was great to see Malcolm there too, for 2 reasons - one its great to see him on the bike, and two he was happy to take our new ladies out for their first ride with the club. Dave B was on a time limit so went with the slower group too....maybe one of you guys could let us know how the 4 of you got on? That left 6 of us.
I hope everyone else enjoyed today's great ride through London and Surrey in much better weather than last year.
Robert Attreed 4h 09m
Stuart Auckland 4h 27m
Andy Waters 4h 36m
Sebastien Burley 4h 38m
Mike Woods 4h 52m
Sarah Davies 5h 11m
Four club members Andrew, Jon, Tim and I, woke to a beautiful still morning, perfect conditions for a stab at a quick time and the club record maybe......
Several hours later, as forecasted, the heavens opened and everyone raced in very heavy rain, lots of standing water and huge plooms of water from passing traffic.
Thankfully all completed the race, as did others with no serious incidents, although nearly broadsiding a Range Rover might have ruined my race, and made it back to HQ to shiver and a cup of tea.