Lewes Wanderers celebrate another tremendously successful year

The award winners. Picture by Lawrence Watts
The award winners. Picture by Lawrence Watts

Exactly 65 years to the day that Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club was formed in its current guise 65 current club members and associates gathered at the Alma Arms public house in Uckfield for the latest annual dinner and awards presentation.

It has been another tremendously successful year for the club as evidenced by the amount of silverware handed out by Club Chairman and host for the evening Chris Martin.

Yet again many of those trophies headed in the direction of Tom Glandfield who retained his Senior Best All-Rounder (BAR) title for fastest average speed over 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours with a mark good enough for 12th nationally, as well as the club’s Classic League series of time trials. On top of this he also was top dog around the Circuit of Laughton TT and club champion over 25 miles, 30 miles and 12 hours, not to mention winning the Evening 10 series of time trials.

Far from outdone was Nick Dwyer who claimed the Short Distance BAR with a fastest average speed over 10, 25 & 50 miles of 28.552mph, thanks in no small part to his success in the club’s 50 mile championship and his phenomenal new club record over 25 miles of 49 minutes and 25 seconds; if that weren’t enough Nick also set club records over 30 miles and 50 miles.

Not that record breaking was the sole preserve of the gentleman as there were even more new marks set by the burgeoning female element to the club. Tamar Vanderhaas was crowned club champion over 25, 30 and 50 miles; which included a new record time for the 30, and in doing so retained the Female BAR. Added to which she also triumphed at the Circuit of Danehill in a new record time and became the first female club member to break 25 minutes for an Evening 10. Filling the gaps Gina McGeever set new marks for 15 miles and 100 miles, the latter whilst clinching the club championship over that distance. Trumping everyone else Lisa Davis had a hand, or two legs, in 9 team or solo records during the year, the undoubted highlight of which being her completion of 201.513 miles in the Kent CA 12 hours, smiling all the way.

Going in to the last qualifying event of the season, the Circuit of Chailey won by Duncan Fuller, both the club Points Championship and the Middlemarkers Competition were tantalisingly still up for grabs. The four-way fight for the former went the way of Sam Ramsey just ahead of Brett Davis, Peter Baker and Chris Martin, while fast improving Dave Brown claimed the latter and left your correspondent as runner-up for the second consecutive year.

Rob Rollings was victorious at the Circuits of Danehill and Earwig as well as round 1 of the club’s ever-popular Criterium Series which he went on to clinch thanks to consistent high finishes and strong team support. He was also second at the club Hill Climb up the fearsome Firle Beacon, albeit beaten by another record, this time recorded by Patrick Hough. Brett Davis was recognised with a prize for ‘effort and perseverance’ while Hugh Procter’s many years as Membership Secretary were similarly rewarded. There was no physical manifestation, but much appreciation for Social Secretary Simon Yates’ role in organising such a memorable evening and for the staff of the Alma Arms in helping making it happen. With full bellies, some sore heads and laden arms the attendees eventually dispersed into the night, many of them to ready themselves for the following morning’s Reliability Trial, on which I shall report next week.

For more info on all club activities see www.leweswanderers.co.uk

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