“The Barbecue in the Sun” – 12hr EDCA Time Trail Championship Report

Bruce Williams

What a day we had for the Eastern District Championship on Sunday – the CCB 12 hour is the EDCA Championship – with brave souls from around the country descending on Norfolk early on Sunday to do battle with the clock, the roads, each other and, above all, the elements.  Men and women, stars and novices, young and old, all were there for the challenge.
I went down to the Eccles Road turn about 1030 – first rider started at 6.01 – to meet one or two marshals and helpers and then made my way up to the Browick / Mulbarton turn (the top end of circuit 2, the southern/western end being Eccles road) for 12 noon along with 4 other marshals at the same place (the turn consists of two roundabouts separated by a bridge over the A11) all doing our EDCA marshalling duty without which these events could not take place.  With two different circuits on the A11 – each about 20 miles and each being covered by the cyclists up to 4 or 5 times – followed by a cross country lane trek to the finishing circuit, plus an official feeding station, this time trial needs almost as many helpers and officials as competitors.  Half a dozen or so time keepers are located on the finishing circuit in order to time and stop the riders just as their allotted 12 hours elapses.
A unique atmosphere is found at 12 hour events with great camaraderie between the cyclists and with helpers for one or other also giving assistance to others in need, say, of spare wheels or bottles.  A large crowd assembled at the Hingham village turn on the finishing circuit with every competitor that was still going – this is an attritional race – getting a gladiatorial clap and cheer as they rode past, many of them temporarily increasing their pace as a result, despite 11 or so hours in the saddle.  I got to the finishing circuit about 5pm and would have cheered them on myself but I was too tired and dehydrated to find the energy.  Strangely, quite a few of the finishing circuit cheered me as well, leaving me wondering as to the mistaken identity that was apparently taking place, until someone more alert than me pointed out that it was because of the ‘elderly’ car that I was driving.  Funny things, bikes and cars, really, but it is the the people that are more interesting than the metal.
This would have been a fine day for the 12 hour with wind speeds below 5 mph all day, except for the unrelenting heat that made the day so attritional.  If I were doing the 12 hour (optional guffaws cost extra) I would most certainly pull out of the event after a few hours to avoid this kind of exposure.   Temperatures officially reached 30 Deg C by mid to late morning and did not drop until 5 or 6 pm, but the A11 is largely exposed and with the heat bouncing back off the tarmac, probably riders were experiencing temperatures in excess of 35 Deg C.   How they kept going is a mystery to me, but many of them did and some even looked strong in the last few hours.  Suffice it to say that my marshalling point had no shade and I got burned on the face and hands.
My 4.5 hour stint of duty started interestingly when National 100 mile champion, Alice Lethbridge, who also broke her own competition record in the EDCA ‘100’ 3 weeks earlier, turned up at Browick on a road bike asking me where she was supposed to be for her own marshalling duty.  My hopes that she had turned up to re-acquaint herself with me being dashed and much as though I am sure I would have enjoyed the company, I had to tell her that she was due at the Eccles road turn and so send her on her way 10 miles down the A11.  Despite riding an ordinary bike and with a back pack, apparently she managed to overtake one or two competitors on the way.  We never did that in my day (it was regarded as bad form) but I guess she was worried about being late to marshal!
Andrew (Andy) Wilkinson was last man off and said to be on a mission to regain the competition record (of 318 miles) that he had established in this event 6 years ago.  He has been back the previous two years but in support of his wife, Jill.  As far as I know, this was his first attempt at the 12 hour since he regained comp record in 2012, the driver for him being that Adam Duggleby had the temerity to take his record with ride of 322 miles (when the aforementioned Alice Lethbridge also broke her own national record achieving 290 miles) at the National 12 hour championship a few weeks ago.
Wilkinson first won championships and BAR’s back in the mid and late 1990’s and I assume that he is now approaching 50, so coming back for a tilt at the 12 hour record after a long gap always seemed like a tall order.   He started very fast – as he did 6 years ago – but we saw him stop on the Browick / Mulbarton bridge (his helpers were there) after 6 or 7 hours.  He later told officials that he was suffering with back pain and I noticed that his black skin suit was stained white by body sweat as he struggled to remove it.  The bike position is always tough on a long distance event – no one knows more about this than Wilko – but the heat of the day was also gruelling for the riders.
The fastest rider that I could track at my station was Charles Mitchell at number 30, a novice in the 12 hour, but the winner of the EDCA ‘100’ a few weeks before with the very fast time of 3 hours 26 minutes (an average speed of just over 29 mph) who was taking about 46 minutes to cover the 20 or so miles of circuit 2.  Mitchell also had his team mates from A3crg back, the same guys that did the ‘100’, with Stephen Williamson (number 40) looking very strong taking about 48 minutes for each circuit.  Mark Smith of Crawley Wheelers was also back after the ‘100’ and looking strong as did Victor Chetta of Artic Tacx (a man who had ridden the 24 hour event only two weeks before ….) at number 45 and likewise Matt Ivings (Buxton CC) at number 25.
Local man and vet Dave Green of the promoting club (number 20) started well but seemed to struggle in the heat, but he still finished with a fine 289 miles (provisional).  Simon Hardy of Kings Lynn was one of those that seemed to get stronger in the second half of the event and still looked fresh after completing his 240 miles, 6 miles more than he achieved the previous year.  John Swindells of Iceni Velo, however,  really seemed to struggle in the heat of the day (after starting well) finishing with 240 miles, but again he rode without a helper.  As a man on or about 4 hours for the ‘100. and covering a lot of miles as he does, I believe that he cud do 260 miles on the right day with the right back up.  This was a day only for people with remarkable resistance to heat exhaustion which, sadly, did not include me.  What was that I said about the marshals trade union?
The ever popular John Golder (Chelmer CC) chose this 12 hour over the ECCA event later this month and was chasing a national age record.  (I am guessing that he is 63 or 64).  It is believed that he achieved comfortably over 260 miles (probably about 264) and that he therefore achieved his goal, but provisional results were only available for the leading riders and all are subject to verification.
Rebecca Murley of Wisbech Wheelers, making her first attempt at this distance after a top season and a tremendous sub 4 hour ride in the EDCA ‘100’, was the subject of much interest and cheer and was provisionally given the win with 267 miles, however she believes that this is miscalculated and will be corrected to perhaps 260 miles.  Helped on the day by her loyal parents, she started cautiously and, as a result, finished strongly, as did John Golder.  She said the heat did not trouble her too much except for her feet which, at her request, her parents regularly doused with a bucket of cold water.  Many riders got the Tour de France mountain stage treatment with a bucket of water being tossed over the whole torso.  I think you possibly needed that every 10 minutes.  i know I did.  I had bottles of water with me, but they were hot….
Christina Mackenzie of the Stirling Bike Club was accredited with 266 miles, a Scottish National record, and this may be the winning distance for this event, she also having done the 24 hour event two weeks previously.  Some people just wont give up.  The men’s team win has provisionally been allocated to A3crg – Messrs Mitchell, Williamson and David Shepherd – with a combined distance of 891 miles, a new National Competition record assuming distances are confirmed.  Finally, special mention should be made for the husband and wife tandem team of Becky and Howard Lewis (mid Shropshire Wheelers) who recorded 286 miles, also provisionally a new Competition record for the mixed tandem.
Charles Mitchell won the men’s event with a provisional mileage of 311 miles, an average speed of about 26mph, an extraordinary effort on the day provided the distance is confirmed,  Mark Smith is provisionally second with 296 miles with a further 5 riders recording distances in the 290’s, Dave Green being 8th with 289 miles.
Personally, I am not sure if 12 hour events should take place under temperatures like these, but the riders, or many of them that finished, clearly have other ideas.  I got home about 8pm for a cold shower and some after sun lotion.  I had worn long sleeves and long trousers advisedly, but I should have taken a face mask and gloves.  Some might say that these accoutrements could usefully be permanent, but I could not possibly comment.   Later I switched the TV on and came across an old edition of Morecambe and Wise;  “Bring me Sunshine’, they chortled…
Photos are courtesy of Fergus Muir
12 hour Charles Mitchell12 hour Christina Mackenzie12 hour Rebecca Murley12 hour mixed tandem

15m TT results 24/7/18

24-07-18 15m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 33.31
KEVIN WHITE Matlock CC 34.24
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 37.12
TOBY MORRELL** NN Wheelers 37.39
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 37.40  34.38
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 38.49
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 38.49
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 42.28  34.12 PB

** These riders all stopped to assist crashed leisure cyclist, no one seriously injured.




NN Wheelers Club Hill Climb

Despite a month of northerly winds (which would have helped) the wind changed for one night only providing a moderate headwind.  The surface had also been surface dressed recently.  Excuses out the way and with a junior rider weighing under 50kg as the target (there is always one each year..)  the Wheelers did battle on the hill.  There are no real tactics in this event, be as light as possible, maintain as high an effort as you can and hang on until the end without throwing up.

No sub 2 minutes this year, but Shane Hyde thinks he might come out of retirement and do it next year..

It was made slightly more bearable with a pint (well a half!) at the end.

Thanks to the riders and timekeepers.


19-07-18 West Runton Hill Climb
Name Club Time
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 2.02
DANIEL CROWE Iceni Velo 2.10
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 2.20
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 2.22
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 2.48
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 2.52

10m TT results 17th July

17-07-18 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 21.52  20.41 PB
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 22.40  21.43
ROB WARWICKER Tri- Anglia 23.33
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23.55  20.53 PB
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.59  21.30
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.01  20.57
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24.27  21.29
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 24.33  20.57
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24.51
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25.06  23.05
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.17  20.44
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 25.55  21.27
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 26.10  23.59
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26.57  21.38
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 27.24  20.28      PB
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 28.03  22.16
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 28.13  21.40
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 30.00  22.32

Report on the EDCA ‘100’ Sunday 15 July – ‘The Duel in the Sun’ – Bruce Williams

The Duel in the Sun
With a 6 am start and using the established A11 Morley course, 105 riders turned up on Sunday to ride the Eastern District Championship ‘100’, the event this year also incorporating the ECCA championship given the cancellation (due to road works) of this event that had been scheduled for June on the fast E2 course further south on the A11 in Cambridgeshire.
Quite a field and quite a day as temperatures reached 25 Deg C by 9 am with many competitors finishing well after 11am.  Early conditions were ideal given very low wind speeds signalling a fast morning on a pretty good course, so the issue was how riders would deal with the rising temperature, good hydration being essential.  A lot of interest on the part of many, the organisers included, was focussed on the anticipated clash in the women’s event between National Champion and current competition record holder, Alice Lethbridge and professional tri-athlete (and occasional time triallist) Kimberley Morrison, both members of the elite team, Drag2Zero,  People were not to be disappointed as a tremendous struggle was fought out between the pair over the whole morning.  The Amateur vs the Professional; the established cycling star vs the established international tri-athlete and potential cycling champion.  It’s not Shakespeare and it’s not good vs evil, but it certainly made for drama.
Other top names in the women’s field included Rebecca Murley (Wisbech CC, number 35) who has had a remarkable season so far recording fast personal bests at most distance, including a one hour 54 minute ‘50’ on the E2 and Katja Rietdorf (Born to Bike – 72) a long established top performer at distance events.
Charles Mitchell of A3crg (90) was considered the scratch man in the men’s field with other noted rivals including local men, veteran Dave Green (CC Breckland -100) and Ben Stancombe of Team VeloVelocity (76) the latter enjoying a prodigious season this year over race distances of 10, 25 and 50 miles,  Other contenders included Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers – 50) chasing a fast time for his BAR bid and who had stayed in Norfolk the night before, Gray Turnock of Finsbury Park (70) and David Sheppard and Stephen Williamson (75 and 80 respectively) both of a3crg, returning to this event having done well the previous year.  A special mention should be made for Peter Horsnell (Chelmer CC – 19) supported on the day by his wife, Mary, who covered the distance in 5 hours 22 minutes and 9 seconds (5.22.09) at the age of 88.  He told me that the heat did not trouble him; presumably nothing does.
Flying the flag for the NNW were Philip Watkins (40) who was worried beforehand by the likely heat and myself, doing EDCA marshal duty for the club at the Browick / Mulbarton turn, also worried about everything. The course essentially consists of 4 circuits, each of 22 miles (plus a stretch at the finish) between Browick at the top end and the Snetterton turn at the southern/western end.  As the competitors came past my station 4 times and at a more leisurely pace given that it is a smallish roundabout, it gives me a good opportunity to see how the race unfolds and how the contest between specific contenders ebbs and flows over the distance.
Mitchell started fast taking an early lead with in form Ben Stancombe, Mark Smith and Stephen Williamson also looking good.  Dave Green was going well too but later had mechanical trouble not being the only one not to finish this gruelling event either because of the heat or mechanical issues. The real excitement was in the women’s event with new team-mates Alice and Kimberley – Alice stayed with Kim the night before when they met for the first time – determined to trade blows, figuratively speaking.  Kim, who is a 2nd claim member of the NNW, started fast and had a slight advantage as they came past me for the first time at about 18 miles, but Alice seemed to be up by their second passing at about 40 miles.
Kim smiled and waved in my direction as she passed whilst Alice, perhaps feeling the ‘100’ in her legs from the previous week and the 12 hour competition record of 290 miles that she achieved a few weeks ago, was looking grimly determined.  She has not been beaten in a ‘100’ for some considerable time and did not look as though she wanted a loss on her record, but Kimberley looked fresher and as though she was enjoying it more.
Philip Watkins suffered in the heat and had a chain unship and lock in his bike taking minutes to get going whilst John Swindells of Iceni Velo (5) looked on his last legs with a face like a zombie as he passed me for the last time shaking his hand and his head forlornly in my direction.  He had under hydrated and suffered over the last 30 miles as a result.  As I gently chided him later, slightly unusual for an experienced competitor such as him, but he (like Phil Watkins) had no helper on the course which can be such an advantage for those riders who have this support, especially on such a hot day.
Mitchell, Stancombe, Smith and Williamson kept up a consistent high pace with Mitchell always looking the likely winner, finishing in the very fast time of 3.26.09, which I assume to be the course and event record, with Stancombe finishing in a very impressive 3.32.11 (presumed to win the EDCA championship, if not the event, as the EDCA title is won by a rider from a local affiliated club) with Smith well pleased with his pb of 3.33.59.
Meanwhile Lethbridge and Morrison – I asked them later if they were the best of enemies – were still slugging it out with Alice remaining about one minute up as they passed me for the 3rd and then the 4th and last time with 16 miles to go. and everything still to play for.  The heat did not bother these two – I was thinking of the stage and thunder and lightning by this time, but perhaps I just had a touch of heat-stoke myself?  Marshals don’t get paid enough for stress like this – a union is badly needed.  Katja also ensured that I did not doze off by hurling empty gel packets at me from uncomfortably close proximity as she passed for the 2nd and 3rd time.  Any more of that and I was getting ready to toss something back.
Mention should also be made of diminutive Rebecca Murley who maintained her form very well, as she thundered up and down the A11, to record a time of 3.58.53 for third place (presumed to be EDCA champion with a record time on this course for an EDCA affiliated rider) ahead of Katja Rietdorf in 4th place with a fine time of 4.01.08.  That gel tossing routine obviously has some benefit.
The headline duel ended with Alice winning by two minutes in a time of 3, 42.09 beating the competition record that she set in the ECCA event last year by about 30 seconds. In her 2nd hundred, Kimberley beat the time that she recorded in the NNW event last year by 20 minutes, but of course the courses and the days were entirely different.  Both Alice and Kim confirmed that the rising heat did not bother them as it did some competitors.  I chatted briefly also with Kim’s husband before I left the hq who commented, ruefully, that she had done two half Ironman’s in the week or 10 days before this championship event.
The best EDCA field and championship for some years with a large number of helpers and spectators on the course.  All results in this report are unofficial as times and winners of both the EDCA and ECCA championships have not yet been issued.

Photos are courtesy of Fergus Muir.


EDCA 100 Ben

EDCA 100 - Mitchell with Pete Horsnell behindEDCA 100 - KimberleyEDCA 100 - Alice

10m TT (and Zak Carr Trophy Race)

Although a few riders were away (walking up hills, recovering or tapering!) there was still a good turnout for Tuesday’s TT.  Unknown to most people it was the Zak Carr Trophy race which is in memory of a former club rider who tragically got killed on his bike in 2005 by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.

Most riders were 20 or 30 seconds quicker this week due to favourable weather conditions.  Graham got a PB, Phil Watkins a course seasons PB and Paul Harrowing rounded out the podium.  Graham Denny just pipped Jon Maynard to the Zak Carr trophy to win it based on the fastest on handicap*.

It was good to have a visitor from one of the County’s premier TT teams Team Velovelocity, along with our club riders and visiting Tri clubs. Thanks to the riders, marshalls and timekeepers.

10-07-18 10m TT Pretty Corner Zak Carr Trophy Race
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.11  20.51 PB
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 23.02  21.21
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.47  21.18
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23.54
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.14  21.10
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 24.20  21.18
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24.58
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.33  20.55
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 26.55  22.19
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.02  21.43
FRANCIS GLAZEBROOK Un attached 27.04
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 27.29  25.18
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.41
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 30.19
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 30.22
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 31.01  23.33

*handicaps are based on a ‘dark art’ system devised by Chris Knowles using previous rides, the position of the moon and tea-leaf readings!

25m TT results 4/7/18

On quiet roads due to a certain football match, in breezy conditions Mike Padfield (North Norfolk Wheelers) took the win by 4 seconds from Graham Denny followed by ‘super-veteran’ Nigel Walsh with a PB and winner on handicap.  Paul Harrowing got a good PB.  Thanks to the riders, marshalls and timekeepers.


04-07-18 25m TT Holt to Fakenham
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 58.24  55.14
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 58.28
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 1.02.03  54.04 PB
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 1.02.32 PB
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 1.07.16 PB
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 1.07.22
JAMES JOHNSON Welwyn Wheelers 1.08.48
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 1.10.08  54.10
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 1.11.08

**10m TT results 26th June Record Turnout**

The warm sunny weather brought out a record 36 riders for the 10m TT.  Kim Morrison of Drag2zero got the fastest time with a 21.45, albeit slightly slower than her best with Matt Ratcliffe and Graham Denny 2nd and 3rd respectively.  A number of riders are improving quickly this year with the fastest on handicap going to Adrian Jay, and a few other PBs from Phil Hurr, Dan Wray and Phil West. It was good to see a lot of TriHarder riders and road racers using the club TT as a training session.

The layby car-park was full so please consider car-sharing or riding to the start if you can.  See you next week in Holt for the 25m TT.


26-06-18 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
KIM MORRISON D2Z 21.45  21.38
MATT RATCLIFFE NN Wheelers 21.52  21.17
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.28  21.08
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 22.38  21.41
BRADLEY NELSON Bloodwise QSW 23.18
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.57  21.28
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.25  21.21
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 24.37  20.47  PB
CARL MACE Tri Harder 25.06
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 25.07  22.56
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 25.21  20.50 PB
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 25.38  20.23
JOHN MORGAN Tri Harder 25.52
MARKOS JANES VCN 25.56  21.15
GRAHAM TURNER North Walsham Velo 25.59
GUYMER ?? 26.15
CALLUM STEDMAN Tri Harder 26.31
ANEMA ?? 26.39
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 27.02  22.26
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.21  22.02
WALKER ?? 27.43
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 27.56  20.59 PB
FRANCIS GLAZEBROOK Un attached 28.06
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 28.09  22.22
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 28.41
SUSIE TOWNING TriHarman 28.49  22.47
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.07
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 29.31
TESSA MORGAN NNW 29.46  22.13
TRINE MIDDLETON TriHarman 33.07  21.58

15m TT results 19/6/18

19-06-18 15m TT Aylmerton-Holt
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
TOBY MORRELL NN Wheelers 33.54
ROB WARWICKER Tri- Anglia 34.26
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 34.40 PB
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 34.56 33.58
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 35.54 32.35 PB
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 36.04 29.45 PB
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 37.32 34.30
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 37.50
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 38.51
GRAHAM TURNER NN Wheelers 39.20
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 39.46
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 43.01 33.39
KRISON KONES North Walsham Velo 43.50
BESWICK TriHarman 45.01
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 45.21 29.30 PB
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 46.29

10m TT results 12/6/18


12-06-18 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
TOBY MORRELL TriHarder 22.08
ROB WARWICKER Tri- Anglia 22.20
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 22.50  21.53
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.52  21.32
BRADLEY NELSON Bloodwise QSW 22.54
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 24.12  21.43
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 24.17  22.06
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24.19  21.21
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 24.48  21.46
MINSHALL Tri Harder 24.51
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.56  21.52
CARL MACE Tri Harder 25.34
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.51  21.13
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 26.15  20.41
GRAHAM TURNER North Walsham Velo 26.20
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 26.52  22.16
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 27.57  20.09 PB
CALLUM STEDMAN Tri Harder 28.03 Youth
KIM CHARLTON Tri Anglia 28.24
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 28.32  22.45
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 30.03
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 30.55  23.27
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 31.08