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NEXT CLUB NIGHT WILL BE ON THU. 11 APRIL 2017 at LEIGH SPORTS VILLAGE 8-30pm

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
OUR CLUB OPEN EVENTS FOR 2017
Saturday 22 April
: Open 10 mile time trial at Rainford
Saturday 23 September : Open Hill Climb at Sheephouses, Rivington

Saturday 25 November : Prize Presentation & Buffet, Gin Pit Village

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP DATES 2017
10 mile :
Sat 29 April East Lancs RC/M&DLCA
25 mile : Sat 13 May M&DTTA Champs
50 mile : Sat 17 June M&DTTA Champs
100 mile : Sun 2 July M&DTTA Champs
12 hour : Sun Aug 20 WCTTA
SPOCO : Wed 7 June Blackburn & District CTC
Hill climb :  Sat 23 Sept Leigh Prem HC

M&D MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (BAR) 2017
The three counting events for 2017 are "25" on 13 May, "50" on 17 June & "100" on 2 July


NEWS
24/1/2017 KATE
Some of you will remember Kate Lamb, who came out on club runs with us a few years ago.
Since then Kate's life has been considerably changed. Please read this link for Kate's story & fund raising page for her forthcoming London to Paris ride.


10/1/2017 ANNUAL MILEAGES
First bit of news this year is from last year.
Thankyou to everyone that responded with your annual mileage details.
Top of the charts at the moment is Paul Blackburn with 7100,about 1k better than 2015.
Mike Prescott clocked 6375 up to October, when his cycling year was terminated by an accident, resulting in a broken hip.
Kevin Cook finished with 5278, slightly down on last year, after a stop/start year, just 67 miles more than Stephen Fairchild (5211).
John Cripps clocked 4726 despite losing time out on the bike after his "hit and run" accident.
Rick Sykes was disappointed with 3432 miles, but should not be, as he had slightly
more than last year.
Bottom of the charts was Bill Fairhurst with 3339 miles (lowest for nearly 20 years). Like Kevin a definitely stop/start year (cumulative mileage is now 261k). Must do better in 2017!
Derek Unsworth has kindly offered to take me off the bottom of the table with an annual 470m (the worrying part is that knowing Derek he will still be fitter than me !!).
If anyone wants their annual mileage added to this thread, drop me a line.
Whilst on the subject of 2016, if you have not already, check out Nathan's excellent result in the Xmas 10.

26/12/2016 HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

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A happy 70th birthday (25 Dec) to one of our founder members, Mike Howard !
Mike can still be found regularly pedalling the lanes, showing son Gareth his back wheel.

8/12/2016 CHRISTMAS CLUB RUN

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Christmas club run to the "Whipping Stocks" - a good time had by all !

20/11/16 CLUB PRIZE PRESENTATION & BUFFET
The club celebrated another succesful year of cycling, at its 52nd annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.

Pete Walker was a prolific winners this year in the short distances, taking the 10, 25, 50, awards.
Mark Tickle was once again the winner of the Hill Climb title.
The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of eighteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by Colin Reynolds.

Paul Blackburn dominated the long distance championships, winning the 100, 12 hour & Best all Rounder awards.

However, big winner on the night was Liz
Mathison who won the Ladies BAR, Vets BAR and Most Improved rider competition.
Liz also set new ladies club records at 10, 25, 50 & 100 miles.
To bring another succesful season to a close, the Manchester & District BAR competitions have also just been calculated, with Liz Mathison the winner of the ladies competition & Paul Blackburn 4th in the mens.

To conclude the prize giving, our chairman, Andy Fox, also paid a short eloquent tribute to our late member, Harold Nelson, who passed away earlier this year.

18/10/16 AGM
The club AGM was held on 13 October 2016.
Elected officials, as follows :
Chairman : Andy Fox
Secretary : Martin Sackfield
Treasurer : Margaret Sackfield
BC Sec. : Nathan Turnbull
CTT Sec : Bill Fairhurst
Committee members : Rick Sykes (also Membership Secretary), Ricky Jervis, Colin Reynolds
Disappointing turn out.
Open events for 2016 will be 10 in April & Hill Climb in September
Organisers Colin Reynolds, Rick Sykes respectively.


1/10/16 NORTH LANCS TIME TRIAL ASSOCIATION BAR
Paul Blackburn has finished in an excellent third place in the North Lancs TTA season long Best All Rounder competition.
Paul averaged 23.63mph over 50m, 100m & 12hr (1-57-30,4-7-41,253.59), narrowly missing out on second place.

9/10/16 COAST TO COAST RIDE
Club riders Gareth Hinde, Paul Fish & Andy Greenalgh together with two friends have completed a "Coast to Coast" ride from St Bees Head to Robin Hoods Bay. The 170 mile ride, which included 11700 feet of climbing across the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales & Yorkshire Moors raised £700 for Cancer Research.
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The coast & the hills !

25/9/16 OPEN HILL CLIMB
The club held its Open Hill Climb on Saturday, which was won in a course record time of 6m 53.7s by Richard Handley from One Pro Cycling. Mark Tickle took second place in the event for the second time.
Thanks to the two Ricks for organising & doing a fine job. Also, thanks to all members that turned out to support & help with the event. Go to results for club championship result.

After the event, 9 year old Leigh Premier rider, Stan Roberts is pictured with Richard Handley and Mark Tickle who came 1st and 2nd respectively at the club's hill climb. Stan was presented at the event with Leigh Premier's juvenile road race trophy for his results in his 1st season of racing

17/9/16 STAN MEETING STEVEN BURKE
Stan Roberts took an excellent third place in the Pendle Cycle Festival Road Race Under 10s. The event was held on the Steven Burke Sports Hub Circuit & Stan was fortunate to meet olympic gold medalist after the event.


13/9/16 FAST END TO THE SEASON !
The season is ending in fine style with superfast times in the Stone Wheelers 25 last Saturday.
Liz Mathison smashed her own club ladies record, going well under the hour in 58m 03s.
Paul Blackburn & Nathan Turnbull fought it out to the finish, recording 53-21 & 53-31 respectively.

7/9/16 M&DTTA POINTS COMPETITION
The Manchester & District Time Trial Association Points competition has come to an end with another good result for the club.
Individual placings were 7th Paul Blackburn 499pts, 8th Nathan Turnbull 460pts, 26th Pete Walker 283pts
In the club competition Leigh Premier (1242pts) finished 2nd to winners Seamons CC from the 32 teams that took part.

7/9/16 STAN ROBERTS RACING
While away on holiday in Wales, Stan raced at Marsh Tracks circuit at Rhyl on Wednesday 24 August.  A great effort as he got prize money in his second ever race getting on the podium with 3rd place in the Under 10s category.
He went back to Marsh Tracks on the Sunday to Rhyl CC's timetrial, road race handicap and sprints.  He was up against 12 and 13 year olds as well as his own age and handled himself really well.
Road Race Results:
24 August  Marsh Tracks Summer Series Round 16 (under 10 boys)  Stan Roberts (3rd)
28 August  Rhyl CC Go Racing 3 Marsh Tracks Handicap  Stan Roberts (5th)
28 August  Rhyl CC Go Racing 3 Marsh Tracks time trial  Stan Roberts (6th)

10/8/16 ACCIDENT
Best wishes to John Cripps for a good recovery following his "hit and run" accident in Croft.

6/8/16 STAN'S FIRST RACE
Stan Roberts did his first ever road race on Sunday 31 July at Darley Moor crits, Ashbourne Derbyshire, in the Under 10s race on the large motorbike circuit.  He was up against some seasoned under 10s on Corima wheels, carbon bikes, riding in team issued skin suits! He rode very well and finished 9th.

He's since been to York on Wednesday (3 August) to British Cycling's Yorksport holiday programme for 6-14 year olds teaching them road racing skills, and improvements are already there to be seen.  They practiced chaingang riding, following wheels, dropping from hoods to drops on the handle bars and sprinting on the drops.
There are a couple more races he's going to do this month.
15/7/16 HAROLD'S FUNERAL
Harold Nelson's funeral will be at 12:00 on Wednesday 27 July at St John the Divine on Brooklands Road, Sale, M33 3PB.
After the service there will be a buffet, which will almost certainly be held at Old Trafford Football Ground - there will be ample food and parking.
If you are able to attend can you PLEASE let Andy Fox know so that they can gauge approximate numbers for the buffet.

9/7/16 COAST TO COAST RIDE
Darren Roberts & son Stan, together with Nathan Turnbull completed a 160 mile "Coast to Coast" ride fom Morecombe to Scarborough. The ride was for a Bladder cancer charity, on behalf of a friend who has survived the disease.
The ride was also covered by the local Scarborough News.


Marathon ride Team Pic

6/7/16 CLUB 100 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Blackburn continued his run of good form by winning the club 100 mile championship for the first time with an excellent
4-17-21 in the M&DTTA 100.
Liz Mathison was second with 4-52-33 to set another club ladies record, to add to the 25 & 50 mile records set earlier in the year.
Liz also won the M&DTTA 100 mile ladies championship for 2016. It also placed her second in the M&DTTA Ladies BAR (Average of 25,50 & 100), just failing to win it by an agonising .136mph. Paul has also finished sixth in the M&DTTA mens short distance BAR.
Congratulations all round !

5/7/16 MARK TICKLE
Some better news - further to the news item further down the page (21/6/16), Mark has now had the operation on his shoulder & is now on the road to recovery. I'm sure he is already plotting his hill climb season !

3/7/16 HAROLD "H" NELSON BEM
I am sad to report that Harold Nelson passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, aged 88.
Details of Harold's funeral will be on here when available.
Harold will be sadly missed in many areas of cycling & was a much loved, long serving member of our club.
Harold was a cycling coach credited with helping many amateur & professinal riders since he started coaching in 1953.
He was the Great Britain Team masseur on events including the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, 7 World Championships, 21 Tours of Britain, 3 Peace Races & 2 Tours of Bohemia.
Harold has mentored & coached many Leigh Premier riders, from Derek Unsworh & Howard Wilkinson in the 70s, to the Feeney & Turnbull brothers, Pete Towers, Simon Bridge & Martin Sackfield in the 90s. He still continued to the end helping & inspiring our current top riders. Harold was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1987 for his services to cycling.
To read more about Harold, read his Wikepedia page.

21/6/16 MARK TICKLE ACCIDENT
Mark Tickle was knocked off his bike on Sunday, as a woman opened a car door on him. He has a broken shoulder, which will require an operation. He is looking at a month off the bike. Best wishes from everyone for a speedy return.

19/6/16 CLUB 50 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP & MCHR & DISTRICT CHAMPIONS 2016
It was a superb day for the club in Saturday's M&DTTA 50, which was also our club championship for 2016.
Winner of the club champs was once again Pete Walker in 1-53-08, with Nathan Turnbull second in 1-56-06 & third Paul Blackburn in 1-57-17 (a 90 seconds PB).
The three riders were also the fastest team in the event, beating strong opposition to win the Manchester & District Championship for 2016.
The trio also set a new club 50 mile team record with a combined time of 5h 46m 31s, beating the old record set in 2013 by 53 seconds.
There was also another club record set in the event, which was set by Liz Mathison riding her first 50 & finishing in 2-18-19.
Congratulations to all - great rides all round. Full results on result page.

8/6/16 WHO IS THAT NEXT TO PETE WALKER ?!

Bradley Wiggins was a surprise visitor to the evening 10 at Rainford on Tuesday night, recording 19m 15s.
It brought out the best in the local riders (including Pete), who kept Bradley's winning margin to a minimum.
Check out the full result.

24/5/16 CLUB OPEN 25
Road works in Bickerstaffe forced the Open 25 to be reduced to a 10 mile time trial on the D10/1.
The event was won by Phil Williams in 20-10. See Results page for Leigh Premier times.

24/5/16 STAN ROBERTS - TWO WHEELS IN VIETNAM

Leigh Premier's youngest member, Stan Roberts (9) made sure he was able to get a bike for training, while recently on holiday visiting the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.  Conditions were slightly warmer than the UK!
(Sorry, can't change the photo into portrait - Bill)

10/5/16 CLUB 10m CHAMPS 2016
The first club championship of the year was won by Pete Walker in 22-04, retaining the title he won last year.
In second place, just 22 secs behind was Nathan Turnbull, with Paul Blackburn taking third.
Full result on our results page.

30/4/16 WEBSITE & A LADIES CLUB RECORD
The website is now up & running again.
April's results an be found on the results page. If there are any omisions please let me know.
Also, whilst the website has been down, I must mention that the club ladies 25 mile record has fallen again with Liz Mathison recording 1-3-02, lowering her own record set in 2015. Liz also recorded 23-20 in an evening 10, riding a 2up with Mark Turnbull. Liz tells me she has never suffered so much !

14/3/16 LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION
With effect from 2016, the club will introduce a Ladies Club Championship (BAR) based on the average speed for the rider's best two 10s & best two 25s. This is in line with the current Junior Club Championship (BAR).

6/3/16 FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
Check out early season TT results .

7/2/16 NEW CLUB TEAM VEHICLE ?
Is this the future ? - snapped by Ricky Jervis near Tocholes, a potential new Leigh Premier team van !!


30/1/16 ANNUAL MILEAGES 2015
First bit of news this year is from last year.
Thankyou to everyone that responded with your annual mileage details.
Top of the charts is not surprisingly Mark Turnbull with a huge 14100, which shows the work that you need to medal in the National 12 hour & finish in the top twelve of the BBAR.
Steven Fairchild clocked up a total of 7563 miles in his first year with the club.
Paul Blackburn & Michael Prescott both finished with an impressive 6000+ miles.
Kevin Cook just missed joining the "6k club", finishing with 5947. Knowing Kevin I am surprised he didn't sneak out on New Year's Eve to do 53 miles ! Kevin's mileage included 160 commutes to work in Manchester.
Bill Fairhurst clocked up 5355 miles (cumulative now creeping up to 258k) & Liz Mathison 5200 which included lots of hills & a new ladies club 25 mile record. Rick Sykes was disappointed with 3209 miles, but shouldn't be !
On the subject of miles check out Heinz Stucke, who has just returned home, aged 75, after setting off round the world on his bike in 1962 !! I bet he told his wife he was nipping out for a paper !!

6/12/15 CHRISTMAS 10 MILE TIME TRIAL
Nathan Turnbull was our only entrant in this years "Christmas 10" organised by the M&DTTA.
Nathan showed some good close season form, finishing 10th in 24m 52s (certainly moving well when he passed me!!).

30/11/15 OUCH ! - MARK's CHAIN SNAP
Mark Tickle's chain snap on Mow Cop near the finish of the hill climb has made it on to Youtube - check it out.
I'm not sure that it is very reassuring that your mishaps will continue being filmed even if you want some help !!
He is still in one piece .

12/11/15 CLUB PRIZE PRESENTATION & BUFFET
The club celebrated another succesful year of cycling, at its annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.
To further celebrate the club's 51 years, we were pleased to welcome our guest of honour, Mark Turnbull, currently a club second claim member currently riding for "TORQ performance".

Pete Walker was the club's most prolific winners this year ,almost sweeping the board with the main prizes. 
Pete took the 10, 25, 50, 100, Senior BAR & Club 10 League awards.
Mark Tickle was the winner of the Hill Climb title, with Chris Southworth collecting the Road Race & SPOCO awards.
Fastest of the Year, was Pete Walker at 10,50 & 100, with Nathan Turnbull taking the 25 with a late season flyer.

The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of eighteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by Pete Walker. In a close competition. John Cripps & Stu Bennett were in second & third places.
Also present, as a guest for the evening was S.Wilson (Team Polypipe), winner of this year's open 10 mile time trial, who collected the "MHA" Trophy for the event.
Other award winners on the night was Nathan Turnbull winner of the Most Improved Rider Competition, Anthony Atkinson winner of the Vets BAR & Paul Blackburn with placings in the 10, 100 & BAR.
The outstanding performances of the season by our two new lady members, Sharon Payne & Liz Mathison were recognised with special awards for them setting new club 10 mile (Sharon) & 25 mile (Liz) records . The previous records had stood for 36 years.


30/10/15 RACING SEASON OVER
Mark Tickle brought the curtain down on the 2015 season with an excellent performance, finishing 35th in the National Hill Climb Championship. Mark's time on the Jackson Bridge Hill was 4m 51.9s. The winner Richard Bussell in 4m 15.6s.

30/10/15 AGM
The club AGM was held on 15 October 2015.
Elected officials, as follows :
Chairman : Andy Fox
Secretary : Martin Sackfield
Treasurer : Margaret Sackfield
BC Sec. : Nathan Turnbull
CTT Sec : Bill Fairhurst
Committee members : Rick Sykes (also new post of Membership Secretary), Ricky Jervis, Colin Reynolds
Open events for 2016 to be as shown at the top of this page.
Organisers Colin Reynolds, Gareth Howard, Rick Sykes respectively.

27/9/15 CLUB OPEN HILL CLIMB
The club promoted it's third open event of the season with the Hill Climb on Sheephouses Hill, Rivington.
An entry of 25 riders was slightly up on last year, which has persuaded organisers Rick Sykes & Ricky Jervis to continue withthe event in 2016.
The winner was Louis Szymanski from ABC Centreville with a time of 7m 34.4s. Mark Tickle was second for the second year running with a time of 7-52.6.
The event was our club championship for 2015, making Mark was the winner with Nathan Turnbull & John Cripps second & third.
Full result on the result page.

27/9/15 ANOTHER LADIES RECORD
One of the highlights of the season has been some great performances & new club ladies records set by Liz Mathison & Sharon Payne. As the season draws to a close, Liz Mathison added another to the list, when she recorded 1h 7m 27s in the Seamons CC 25, to improve her own ladies 25 record by over two minutes. Liz also finished third fastest lady in the event.

15/9/15 PETE's EPIC "EVEREST" RIDE
Pete Walker completed the "Everest 29000 feet of climbing challenge" on Blackstone edge last weekend.
It took nearly 20hrs including brews and butties (and a few tears! ). Pete started at 4am and finished at near midnight.
The weather was grim until tea time (rain, hail and wind!) then it all calmed down for the last 15 or so reps !
It was a total of 162 miles 81 miles being uphill ! Pete wants to thank all who supported him on the day.
If anyone wants to make the  pain more worthwhile please use this link to donate (anything is a bonus), it is an extremely worthy cause.

6/9/2015 CHANGE OF SEASON
Mark Tickle opened his hill climbing season in the Kinder Velo event on the gruelling climb of the Snake Pass. Mark finished in 12th position from a field of 79 riders.
The Sunday club run started September with a ride to the Eureka Cafe on the Wirral, only to find it closed for a couple of weeks (should have checked their website !). Fortunately the Gordale Garden Centre down the road came to the rescue, providing safe storage for the bikes (in the office !) & good food. It was an 80mls+ ride for the five riders out.

27/8/2015 NATIONAL 12 HOUR
Congratulations to second claim member Mark Turnbull (TORQ performance)on winning the bronze medal in the National 12 hour last weekend. The event was particularly hard this year with cold & rain, forcing our only entrant, Paul Blackburn to call it a day at 100ml plus.

19/8/15 ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND - ANOTHER RECORD
Sharon Payne took another 18 seconds off her club 10 record on the Levens Course, to bring it down yet again to 24m 20s.
The same day Pete Walker clocked 1-57-05 in the Congleton CC 50 at Cranage.
Sunday morning saw another good turn out of nine riders for the club run, for the second consecutive week. Riders went to Cranage via Gt. Budworth & Whitegates

19/8/15 CLUB 10 LEAGUE
The club evening 10 points league came to an end with a convincing win by Pete Walker, from John Cripps in second & Stu Bennett third.
The competition probably wasn't as close as previous years, and for some reason the general turn out for the last few events was poor.

7/8/15 LADIES 10 MILE CLUB RECORD & LEIGH PREM OPEN 25
Sharon Payne once again improved her own ladies club 10 mile record, with a trip up to the Levens course, recording 24m 38s. Sharon was also fastest lady in the event.
The following day, Liz Mathison was unlucky not to improve her club ladies 25 mile record, falling just 4 seconds short, in the club's open 25 at Rainford.
The open 25 went extremely well, despite some early morning drizzle & was won in fine style by Ben Mcintosh in a superfast 52-23. Thanks to everyone that turned out to help & marshall, & good results for all the club members that took part.
Full Leigh Premier results for the Open 25 are on the results page.

ETAPE DU TOUR
Mark Tickle once again completed the Etape du Tour, finishing in the first 500, on a day when a high percentage of the field failed to finish in the heat. Chapeau !

23/7/15 YOUNGEST MEMBER

Leigh Premier's youngest member, 8 year old Stan Roberts setting off for a ride with his Dad, Darren.
The two live in Lincolnshire but ensure they promote the Greater Manchester club on Lincolnshire's roads.

15/7/15 ANOTHER NEW MEMBER ?

I had to put this on ! One year old, Henry, on his Leigh Prem coloured bike, in training to pace his Grandad !!

15/7/15 ..... & ANOTHER LADIES RECORD
Now it is the turn of Liz Mathison to set a new club ladies record, this time for 25 miles.
Liz recorded 1-9-37 in the Manchester & District Ladies 25 on the J2/9, beating the previous record set by Carol Marsh in 1979 by almost three minutes.

4/6/15 LADIES RECORD IMPROVED AGAIN
Sharon Payne improved the club ladies 10 mile record for the third time this season with a time of 25m-20s in the evening 10 mile time trial at Rainford. Only five club riders took part on a good evening, which resulted in all the riders recording a season's best on the D10/1. The event was won by P.Williams (Phoenix CC) with a rapid 20m 07s.

22/6/15 CLUB 50 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pete Walker added the 50 mile championsip to the 10 & 25 that he won earlier in the season.
Second was last year's winner, Mark Tickle & third Nathan Turnbull. Pete finished fourth in the actual event, which was the Manchester & District Champs, with Mark seventh. Despite their high placings with Nathan Turnbull, they were pipped for the M & D team award by the Seamons CC.
Full details on our results page.

15/6/15 A GOOD WEEKEND !
Pete Walker set a new PB & club fastest of the year on Saturday night on the L105 Levens course. Pete recorded 20m 44s, for a near 30mph ride in the Lancaster CC event.
The following morning a good turn out of eight riders set a more sedate pace on the club run via Wilmslow, Mottram St Andrew & Ajs cafe.

6/6/15 LONG STANDING CLUB RECORDS TUMBLE
One of the club's longest standing club records has been broken twice within one week.
On 2 June, Sharon Payne beat Carol Marsh's 10 mile ladies record which has stood since 1979, when she recorded 26-46 in her first ever 10 mile time trial.
A week later Sharon, in great form, set another new record, recording 25-57 in the evening 10 on the Tarleton course.The same evening Pete Walker & Darren Topping, "astride" the tandem, recorded 21-22, just nine seconds short of Nev Street & Charlie Whittle's club tandem record set in 1977 - watch this space for further improvements & new records !!

6/6/15 CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
Pete Walker made it a 10 & 25 mile double, winning the club 25 mile championship on 30 May, in the Stretford Wheelers event with a time of 56m 08s. Full results are still awaited for our other ridersbut provisionally they are Chris Southworth second, 56-21, & third,Mark Tickle 56-51.
Also top rides by Nathan Turnbull 57-57, Paul Blackburn 58-46 & Stu Bennett 1-9-32

5/5/15 CLUB 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
The first club championship of the season was decided over the weekend, with Pete Walker winning the club 10 mile championsip in 22m 13s. The championship was held as part of the East Lancs RC 10 , on a very windswept J2/1 course. This was Pete's first club championship win, & he also finished 10th in the overall event.
In a tight finish, second in the championship was Chris Southworth with 23-00 & Paul Blackburn & Nathan Turnbull tied for third place in 23-33. Stu Bennett recorded 26-36.
Leigh Premier also took the team award for the second fastest team

28/4/15 SPEEDY RECOVERY
A speedy recovery from everyone in the club to Kevin Cook, who was
involved in a road accident last weekend.
Kevin is recovering from facial scarring & a damaged tooth (& bike).

22/4/15 FIRST WIN
Chris Southworth scored the club's first open win of the season, taking first place in the Tameside Criterium last night.

19/4/15 CLUB OPEN 10 MILE TIME TRIAL
The club's annual open 10 mile time trial took place yesterday in bright sunny conditions, & was won in fine style by Simon Wilson of Team Polypipe in 20m 19s, which was a new event record.
Riding for Leigh Premier, Chris Southworth recorded a rapid 21-48 & Nathan Turnbull 22-48. Unfortunately Mark Tickle punctured at the top turn, which probably denied the club winning the team award. Liz Mathison, riding her first 10, recorded an excellent 27-50, less than a minute short of setting a new club ladies record. That will surely come before the end of the season. Riding for TORQ Performance, Mark Turnbull finished fifth in 21-15.
Congratulations to Colin Reynolds on the smooth running of the event.

1/2/15 MANCHESTER & DISTRICT TTA PRIZE PRESENTATION
John Payne & Pete Walker receiving their awards at the M & D presentation (see entry on 2/12/14 below on this page for details of their awards). Congratulations all round !
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25/1/15 COLIN REYNOLDS
Colin Reynolds is currently in hospital having a metal plate fitted to a broken leg, after an accident at work.
He will obviously be off the bike for quite a few weeks. I'm sure we all wish him a speedy recovery.

21/1/15 NEW CLUB CLOTHING SHOP
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Our new "Club Clothing Shop" is now on line at Impsport.
Go to our clothing page for full details & access.

18/1/2015 MORE MILEAGES FROR 2014
More big annual mileages from last year to add to the list (see below 8/1/15).
Darren Topping also topped the 8k mark with the biggest total so far of 8500 miles. Also in her first serious year of riding Sharon Payne clocked 6864 miles.
8/1/2015 ANNUAL MILEAGES FOR 2014
We start the new year looking back on last year.
Thanks to those of you that responded with your annual mileage figures for 2014.
Not surprisingly, top mile-eater was John Payne with 7200m (plus any number of times round the track at Manchester !).
Also topping 7k, for the first time, was Kevin Cook with 7030m. That includes 3400 commuting miles from his 179 commutes (I still don't envy that commute into Manchester, Kevin !).
New member, Mike Prescot clocked 6820m, whilst old member (!), Bill Fairhurst was just behind with 6586m (cumulative mileage has now rolled on to just over 253,000m).
Stephen Fairchild recorded 6038m, a combination of Strava & commutes.
Pete Walker clocked 4600m, which he tells me was all pain ! Judging from his times this year, it works !
If anyone wants to add to the above, drop me (Bill) a line.

2/12/2014 DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS FOR 2014 - FINAL RESULTS
Manchester & District TTA 12 hour Team winners - Leigh Premier RC (J Payne, P.Blackburn, G Howard)
Manchester & District TTA "Best All Rounder" Team winners - Leigh Premier RC (J Payne, P.Blackburn, G Howard)
North Lancs TTA 100 miles Team winners - Leigh Premier RC (J Payne, P.Blackburn, G Howard)

Manchester & District TTA 12 hour Individual - 1st John Payne
Manchester & District TTA "Best all rounder" Individual - 3rd John Payne
North Lancs TTA 100 miles Individual - John Payne 1st
North Lancs TTA 100 miles Individual -Paul Blackburn 2nd
Manchester & District TTA "Wagstaff Award" - Pete Walker

28/11/14 MORE SUCCESS FOR 2014 - M&DTTA WAGSTAFF AWARD
More good news to end our 50th year. Congratulations to Pete Walker, who has been awarded the annual "Wagstaff Memorial Award" by the Manchester & District Time Trials Association.
The award is presented annually to the person, who, in the opinion of the committee is the best first year rider in the District.
Pete will receive his award at the M&DTTA presentation in January.
The award was previously won in 1975 by Leigh Premier rider John Gregson.

16/11/14
16/11/14 50th YEAR
CLUB BUFFET & PRIZE PRESENTATION
The club celebrated another succesful year of cycling, at its 50th annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.
To further celebrate the club's 50 years, we were pleased to welcome our guest of honour, Tony Smith, the club's first secretary in 1964 & for a number of years in the 60s & 70s. Tony's speech recalled the early years at the club, whilst also marvelling at the kind of times now being produced at all distances.

Mark Tickle & John Payne were the club's most prolific winners this year, collecting ten of the main prizes. 
Mark took the 50miles, SPOCO, BAR, Hill climb & Road Race.
John Payne also claimed five titles, winning the 10 miles,100 miles, 12 hour, 24 hour & Vets BAR.
Mark Turnbull was the winner of the 25m title, as well as setting the season's fastest 25 of the year with 51-42
Fastest o fthe Year, despite a late season start was Pete Walker with 21-58 at 10 miles, 1-8-45 at 30 miles & 1-50-59 at 50 miles. Mark Tickle claimed the 100m distance with a superfast 3-48-09 & John Payne took the long distance 12 & 24 hours.

The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of eighteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by Anthony Atkinson in a close competition. Anthony was pushed all the way by first year rider John Cripps & Steve Lord in second & third places.
Also present, as a guest for the evening was Nigel Haigh, winner of this year's open 25 mile time trial, who collected the new "Maintain & Train" Trophy for the event.
Another award winner on the night was Gareth Howard winner of the Most Improved Rider Competition.
Paul Blackburn also had first three placings at 25, 50, 100, 12hr, Hill climb & Most improved rider.


16/11/14 CYCLO CROSS

Mark Tickle threads his way through the trees in a recent cross race.
Catch up with the Cyclo Cross results through the winter on our results page.

29/10/2014 NATIONAL BBAR RESULTS
THe "National Best British All Rounder" tables have now been calculated, with three Leigh Premier riders featuring.
The competition is based on combined average speed over 50ml, 100ml & 12 hours.
John Payne finished 33rd, Paul Blackburn 60th & Gareth Howard 100th. With the three riders combined, Leigh Premier finished 6th fastest club in the competition.
John & Paul also achieved "22mph" certificates for achieving an average speed over 22mph.
Mark Turnbull (Torq Performance) finished fifth in the competition, which was won once again by Andy Topham (High Wycombe CC)

16/10/2014 AGM additional minute
Please note additional paragraph 6 in the minutes below regarding the future club jersey.
Apologies for not including it in the original minutes.

13/10/2014 CLUB AGM 2014
1. 16 members present

2.ELECTION OF OFFICIALS
Chairman : vacant
Secretary : Martin Sackfield
Treasurer : Margaret Sackfield
Road Race Secretary : Nathan Turnbull
CTT Secretary : Bill Fairhurst
Committee : Rick Sykes, Ricky Jervis, Colin Reynolds

3. EVENTS 2015
The club will again be promoting three "open" events as follows :
Sat 18 April : 10 mile time trial on D10/1 at Rainford. Organiser : Colin Reynolds
Sun 2 August : 25 mile time trial on D25/3 at Rainford. Organiser : John Payne
Sat 26 September : Hill Climb on Sheephouses at Rivington : Organiser : Rick Sykes
Martin Sackfield will organise the 2015 Buffet & Prize Presentation


4. Minor change of rules in the club's "Most Improved Rider" competition, capping the maximum number of points (20) that can be gained on one distance. Proposed & passed.

5. Further information to be sought regarding skin suits.

6. Vote taken on the club jersey style for the future.
The jersey to remain as the new "50 year" style without the "faded 50" on the orange chest & back.
Also the "50 year" logo on the left arm to be replaced by the same "Leigh Premier" logo as on the right arm.
All other available garments to follow this design.

7. Discussion about club runs - possible A & B runs, organised via Facebook, use of Garmin routes etc.
Awaiting a proposal for the structure at next months meeting.

8. Members urged to contact Martin for tickets for the clubs 50 year buffet & presentation on Sat 15 November.

13/10/14 JOHN HELMS MEMORIAL 2up

Great action picture of Mark Tickle & John Payne in the Warrington RC "John Helms" 2Up

28/9/14 ANOTHER HECTIC WEEKEND
The weekend started with the club's open hill climb at Rivington organised by Ricky Jervis. Despite a poor entry the event was deemed successful by those taking part & a look forward to building the event up for next year.
The event was also the club's hill climb championship for 2014, which was won by Mark Tickle in 7m 50.5. Mark also finished second in the event to Mick Jones (Derwentside), who recorded 7-33. Second in the club hill climb championship was Alan Bennett, with Paul Blackburn in third.
Full results of all members taking part are on our results page.
The same day Paul Walker (1h 51m) & John Payne (1h 53m) were clocking fast times in the Manchester Wheelers 50 mile event down at Blythe Bridge near Uttoxeter (awaiting full result).
The following day John punished himself even further, taking part in the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross. John knocked 50 minutes off his previous best, finishing in 3h 52m 12s, to take a sub four hour first class award.
Full "splits" at all checkpoints on our results page.
The same day Mark Tickle was in action again finishing 8th from 60 riders in the Stocksbridge Hill Climb on Pea Royd Lane. A longer version of the course will be used in the National Hill Climb at the end of October, when Mark will be competing.

8/9/14 FAST WEEKEND
The good weather brought a fast weekend of time trialling up & down the country.
Our current two riders in form both recorded big personal bests at different distances.
Mark Tickle recorded a big PB of 3-48-09 in the BDCA 100 mile TT, down at Etwall, with also Mark Turnbull (Torque Performance) recording a 3-33, to go towards his bid for the National BBAR. Mark Tickle is now only the second Leigh Premier rider to beat the four hour barrier for 100 miles.
On the same day, Pete Walker continued his long run of improvements, recording 55-00 for 7th place in the Lancaster CC 25 at Levens.

1/9/14 CLUB 12 HOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
John Payne retained his club 12 hour championship with a PB total of 251.26 miles. Second & third were again the same as 2013, with both Paul Blackburn 241.65m & Gareth Howard 206.62m recording PBs.
It is not yet confirmed, but the result probably means they have won the Manchester & District TTA 12 hour & BAR championships. A great effort all round.
The previous day saw Pete Walker finish fifth in the Nova Raiders 25, with yet another personal best of 56-47.
To make it a really successful weekend for the club, Mark Tickle opened his hill climb season with a 4th place from a field of 80 riders, in the Glossop Kinder Velo Hill Climb on the Snake Pass.

13/8/14 10 MILE POINTS LEAGUE 2015
Last night was the final event in the club Tuesday evening points league series.
Overall winner this year was Anthony Atkinson with a total of 1226 points, which gave him a comfortable buffer over first year rider John Cripps with 1118 points for a fine second place. Steve Lord took the bronze position, just 13 points behind.
It was another succesful year for the competition, which saw a record number of 12 members competing in 5 or more events.
The final event also saw Mark Tickle record his second consecutive 21 minute ride, to continue his good run of form.

10/8/14 CLUB OPEN 25 MILE TIME TRIAL
The club promoted its open 25 mile time trial on Sun 10 Aug, which was the second Open event of the jubilee year. The event was won in convincing style by Nigel Haigh (Strategic Lions) in 54m 56s, from Paul Shalliker (Coveryourcar.co.uk) in 56-56 & our own Mark Tickle in third place with 58-45.
Also riding were Pete Walker who recorded 58-58 & Paul Blackburn 1-0-08. Together with Mark Tickle they won the team award.
Organiser John Payne sorted out a a wet & windy morning for all riders & marshalls !
A big Thanks to all those who braved the elements.
Our final open event will be the open hill climb at Rivington on 27 September organised by Ricky Jervis.
After two events, Mark Tickle currently leads the overall competition over the three events.

30/7/14 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 12 HOUR
Club member, Mark Turnbull now riding for TORQperformance, took the silver medal in the National 12 hour championships last weekend with a distance of 283mls.
Mark is not intending to ride another 12 this year, but will concentrate on the 50 & 100 to give him a another high placing in the "Best British All Rounder" competition.
20/7/14 JOHN's MARATHON RIDE
John Payne clocked up another huge mileage in the Mersey Roads 24 hour time trial based at Prees.
John recorded 441.97 miles to finish in sixth place in the event - another marathon effort following on from his ride last year.

12/7/14 IMAGES OF THE "GRAND DEPART"

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"Le Tour" rolls into Bainbridge

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Jens Voight breaking away to take the Polka Dot jersey

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The peleton negotiates the bridge

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Buttertubs Pass


Grinton Moor

12/7/14 PETE - UNDER THE HOUR
Taking part in his first 25 mile time trial, Pete Walker went under the hour in 59m 28s in the East Lancs RC event on 5 July. A great ride - I cannot remember any other Leigh Premier rider going sub 60 in their first 25.

12/7/14 LEIGH PREMIER - NORTH LANCS TTA 100 MILE CHAMPIONS 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 NLTTA 100m Champion, and winner of the Founders' Trophy, John Payne from Leigh Premier RC in 4:18:32.
  Second place went to Paul Blackburn, Leigh Premier RC in 4:23:52 and third place went to Chorley CC's Scott Leverington in 4:23:59.
  Finally, the Palmer Shield for fastest team went to Leigh Premier RC with Gareth Howard joining John Payne and Paul Blackburn.
  The 2014 NLTTA 100m championships were part of the M&DTTA's 100 on 29 June on the J4/18.

29/6/14 CLUB 100 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
As happened last year, the poor organisers of the M&DTTA 100 had to cope once again with a last minute course change & remeasure due to a road closure. John Payne emerged as club champion again with 4-18-32, pushed all the way by Paul Blackburn with 4-23-52. Gareth Howard took third place in 5-6-07, with Anthony Atkinson in his first 100 recording a creitable 5-8-21. Unluckiest rider of the day was Pete Walker, who went off course towards Congleton, eventually finishing in 5-11-34 after covering a total of 116 miles, which robbed him of a great time in his first 100.
A great effort by everybody on a tough reconstructed course with a number of obstacles.

Other news this weekend is that Mark Turnbull (now TORQperformance), recorded a PB 1-43-21 in the BDCA 50 mile event at Etwall. A time that should set him up for his BBAR challenge this year. In the same event, Matt Botrill set a new 50 mile competition record of 1-34 - we can all dream !

9/6/14 ETAPE DE YORKSHIRE
Darren Topping & Sharon Payne completed yesterday's "Etape de Yorkshire", over the 122 miles of the first stage of this year's Tour de France. The tough Yorkshire Dales course contained just under 9000 feet of climbing. Also, the steep, tricky descents caught out a number of competitors trying to descend too fast. Just to add on a few miles, they rode a further 13 miles back to their car rather than hitch a ride on the wagon !

4/6/14 CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE
The club has made another step into the 21st century (!), with its own Facebook page, courtesy of Paul Blackburn.
All Facebook users can check it out & add any relevant comments now.

31/5/2014 TWO MILESTONES !
Just thought I would share a little piece of personal news, that definitely makes me feel old !
Last Wednesday's Seamons 8.75m TT was my 1000th bike race (incl TT,RR & Duathlons).
In addition I have also run nearly 300 road races & X country events.
Just to add to that, in the next few weeks, at the end of June or beginning of July I will clock up 250,000 miles on the bike. It all adds up to a lot of pain ! - Bill

23/5/2014 NATHAN TURNBULL
Nathan was involved in a road accident last Friday, on his way into Leigh on the A572. He was taken to hospital with a broken jaw & collar bone & is now recovering at home. Recovery is expected to be around six weeks.
No doubt the turbo will be getting a thrashing ! We wish him a speedy recovery.

17/5/14 MARK TURNBULL
TORQ performance have offered Mark Turnbull a personal sponsorship for the remainder of the season.
TORQ will support his National BBAR & 12 hour campaign this year, providing all the equipment he requires in addition to a tailored training/nutritional programme.
It has been a difficult position for Mark to make a move, but he will continue as a second claim member to Leigh Premier. The club wishes him the best of luck for the season & we will continue to follow his progress & keep you updated on the website.
FOOTNOTE 23/5/2012 - Mark has already made a great start to the season recording a PB, 50m-41s in the South Pennine CC 25 on the A25/11

7/5/14 CLUB 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
John Payne was the winner of the club 10 mile championship for 2014 with a time of 22-14, with Nathan Turnbull second & Gareth Howard third.

19/4/14 CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
Mark Turnbull was the winner of the club 25 mile championship for 2014 with a time of 54-01.
Mark also placed third in the actual event, which was the Manchester & Dist TTA Championship.
Nathan Turnbull finished second in the club champs., with Paul Blackburn third. Paul's time of 59-29 was his first under the hour ride.
Full result on results page.

18/4/14 LEIGH PREMIER OPEN 10m TT
Our first open event of the season got us off to a good start, with a decent entry of 82 riders.
The event was won by Paul Whittall (Coveryourcar.co.uk) in a time of 21m 14s, despite the blustery conditions.
Leigh Premier riders finished well in the event with John Payne (6th), Mark Tickle (10th) & Nathan Turnbull (12th).

23/2/2014 JO & CHRIS SOUTHWORTH - A LITTLE BOY !
Best news of the year so far. Chris Southworth & wife Jo are now the proud parents of a baby boy, Edward, who weighed in at 9lb 1oz. Chris has booked him on Harold Nelson's computrainer next week !
Congratulations & best wishes from all at Leigh Premier.

23/2/2014 FRANK WOLSTENCROFT
Former club member, Frank Wolstencroft sadly passed away last Monday at the age of 76.
Frank was a club member through the 70s & 80s & was club 100 mile champion & club "best all rounder" three times during that period. He was also a regular member of the club runs, quite often accompanied by his son Mark.
Frank's funeral was held on Thursday 27th at 1130 at West Chapel, Bolton Crem & was well attended by many of his cycling friends.
Condolences to his wife Marlene, Mark & his family from all at Leigh Premier.


28/1/14 M& DTTA PRIZE PRESENTATION - LEIGH PREMIER NOMINATED TEAM OF THE YEAR 2013
The club was again a major prize winner at the Manchester & District Time Trials Association prize presentation, held last weekend. The club was also nominated as "Team of the Year" for the second consecutive year.
Club winners were :
Full distance Best All Rounder : J.Payne 4th, B.Blackburn 9th, G.Howard 14th - TEAM 2nd
Middle distance Best All Rounder : N.Turnbull 5th, J.Payne 6th, P.Blackburn 11th - TEAM 1st
100 mile Champs : J.Payne, N.Turnbull, B.Blackburn - TEAM 1st
50 Mile champs : M.Turnbull 2nd, J.Payne, N.Turnbull - TEAM 1st
12 hour distance medals : J.Payne - Gold, P.Blackburn - Silver, G.Howard - Bronze
Cheshire Points Series : J.Payne 4th, N.Turnbull 5th, P.Blackburn 20th - TEAM 2nd

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John Payne & Paul Blackburn enjoying their moment in the spotlight ! Prizes were presented by Jean Fletcher of Janus RC.

14/1/14 LAKES & LANCS SPOCO
Click on the link for the full list of the Lakes & Lancs SPOCO events for 2014.

14/1/14 NATIONAL LONG DISTANCE BEST ALL ROUNDER TABLE 2013
This top ten result for the long distance BAR should have been posted earlier.
With a faster 100 John would have been challenging for a top four placing.

Pos Name Club Age 24 Hour 12 Hour 100 Mile Avg Speed Avg MPH
Std Plus
1 Stuart Birnie Willesden CC  34 518.37 271.60 03:56:09 23.21
2 Sean Childs Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA  42 480.08 263.40 03:48:04 22.75 4.91
3 Chris Hopkinson RAT Race  45 470.58 253.70 04:07:45 21.66 4.14
4 Ishmael Burdeau Twickenham CC  45 485.18 245.88 04:17:56 21.32 3.80
5 Toby Hopper Cardiff Ajax CC  33 470.30 255.05 04:22:12 21.24
6 John Forbes Birkenhead North End CC  48 450.01 252.48 04:15:58 21.08 3.86
7 John Payne Leigh Premier Road Club  41 457.88 249.75 04:32:33 20.64 2.68
8 Lynne Taylor Born to Bike L 44 423.43 235.60 04:18:34 20.16 4.04
9 Marina Bloom Born to Bike L 46 407.63 242.00 04:28:18 19.84 3.90
10 Graeme Walsh Stirling Bike Club  50 385.90 241.96 04:22:28 19.70 2.68

13/1/14 CLUB "50 YEARS" NEWS
THe new jersey & full kit is now ordered. See example picture of the jersey below.
Demand for the kit has far exceeded expectation, with 73 garments ordered, totalling just short of £4k.
Thanks to all members who have got behind it.
The kit should be available for the next club night.


We want to make the 50 years special & already have a few other plans in place.
(1) We will be promoting three open events - see details in "Dates for your diary" above.
(2) We have a special 20 page book, "Leigh Premier - The first fifty years...", available shortly containing loads of facts, figures & articles on the club's 50 years.
Watch the website & your Email for further updates.


7/12/13 MARK TICKLE - ULTRA MARATHON
Mark Tickle put his recent injury problems behind him today, competing in the 27.3 miles Coastal Trail Series Marathon in Dorset. Mark had to contend with almost 5000 feet of climbing on the tough coastal terrain, but continued his run of success in this series, finishing in second place. Tired but injury free !

3/12/13 CLUB BUFFET & PRIZE PRESENTATION
The club celebrated one of its most succesful years of cycling, at its 49th annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.
Mark Turnbull was again the club's most prolific winner this year, collecting four of the main prizes. Mark took the 10miles, 50miles, Most Improved rider & Vets BAR. Mark also set new club records at 50miles, 100 miles & 12 hours in a brilliantly succesful season, that also saw him finish 6th in the "Best British All Rounder" competition.

John Payne claimed five titles, winning the 25 miles,100 miles, 12 hour, 24 hour & tied with Nathan Turnbull in the club "Best all Rounder" competition. John also set a new club record in the 24 hour event with a massive 457.8 miles.

Nathan Turnbull also completed a hat trick of prizes, by also winning the SPOCO & Hill climb championship.

The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of eighteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by Gareth Howard in a competition that went right down to the final event. Gareth was pushed all the way by John Payne & Paul Blackburn in second & third places.
Also present, as a guest for the evening was Tony Greenhalgh, winner of this year's open 10 mile time trial, who collected the MHA Trophy for the event.Other award winners on the night were Mark Tickle, who won the Road Race Championship, Ricky Jervis who took second place in the SPOCO Championship, Colin Reynolds third in the Vets BAR and Steve Lord third in the Most Improved Rider Competition.

17/10/2013 FINAL NATIONAL B.A.R. TABLE
The National Best British All Rounder table has now been finalised, with Mark Turnbull finishing in sixth place, one place higher than last year. For those not familiar with the BBAR, the competition is designed to find the countries best all round time triallists by average speed over 50 miles, 100 miles & 12 hours.
Any rider achieving an average above 22mph is awarded a special CTT certificate. John Payne also received a certificate for the second consecutive year. The full BBAR results are now on the CTT website.

14/10/2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013
1. PRESENT : Martin Sackfield, Bill Fairhurst, Alan Bennett, Derek Unsworth, Andy Chalmers, Colin Reynolds, Rick Sykes, Andy Fox, Ricky Jervis, John Payne, Sean Caine, Paul Blackburn

2.ELECTION OF OFFICIALS
Chairman : vacant
Secretary : Martin Sackfield
Treasurer : Margaret Sackfield
Road Race Secretary : Nathan Turnbull
CTT Secretary : Bill Fairhurst
Committee : Colin Reynolds, John Payne, Derek Unsworth

3. EVENTS 2014
As part of the club's 50 year celebration, we will be promoting three "open" events as follows :
Sat 12 April : 10 mile time trial on D10/1 at Rainford. Organiser : Bill Fairhurst
Sun 10 August : 25 mile time trial on D25/3 at Rainford. Organiser : John Payne
Sat 27 September : Hill Climb on Sheephouses at Rivington : Organiser : Ricky Jervis
Martin Sackfield will organise the 2014 Buffet & Prize Presentation

4. CHANGE OF RULE
The proposal to amend current BAR Rule 18a : "The competition is confined to J,D & L courses" to read "In the competition, the 25 & 50 is confined to J, D, & L courses. The 100 can be recorded on any course" was passed.

5. 50 YEAR CELEBRATION
A committee consisting of the present committee plus Ricky Jervis & Rick Sykes will co-ordinate the 50 year events.
Currently under discussion : 50 year jersey, Open events, Souvenir mugs, sponsorship, Buffet guest

1/10/13 JOHN PAYNE'S THREE PEAKS
Not content with riding two 100s, a 12 hour & a 24 hour this year, yesterday, John Payne completed the "Three Peaks Cyclo Cross". The event, which includes a full ascent of Ingleborough, Whernside & Pen y Gent, is considered the UKs most gruelling cyclo cross. Distance is a mere 38 mile mixture of off road climbing & descending & minor lanes. Strong winds on the tops made even staying upright difficult, but John battled through to finish 306th of 671 competitors in 4h 39m. Full details on result page.
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Looking good ! -John passes the Ribblehead viaduct (left) & pleased to be finished (right)
(Photos by Angie Browne)

24/9/13 SEAMONS CC 25 PICS
Action from the Seamons CC 25 21 September
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Anthony Atkinson (left) & Steve Lord (right) riding their first ever 25, whilst Nathan Turnbull (centre) powers to another "58". Full result.
(Photos by John Payne)

16/9/13 LEJOG
Check out the photos & blog from Ricky & Steve's Lands End to John O'Groats ride in our Gallery now.

4/9/13 LEJOG
Richard Jervis and Stephen Meeks are back home enjoying a well earned rest after succesfully completing the LEJOG (Land's end to John O Groats ride). Ricky and Steve tackled the ride without any back up, in true cycling touring style with full packs including camping gear. Their bikes weighed in at 20 odd kilos as compared to many other starters at Lands End who set off on lightweight bikes with support vehicles. The journey took them 11 days, some covering over 100 miles. A great adventure & a fantastic achievement. There will be further details including Ricky's blog on the website soon.

19/8/13 JOHN PAYNE 's 24 HOUR (see 21/7 report)

John Payne discards yet another bottle during his 24 hour event
17/8/13 CLUB 10 POINTS LEAGUE - PHOTO FINISH !
The overall result of the club points league was still in the balance until the final event last Tuesday.
In the closest ever finish to the competition, only 51 points eventually separated the first four riders, with Gareth Howard finally coming out on top by just 6 points from John Payne. Paul Blackburn took a closely fought third place from the unlucky Steve Lord.
5/8/13 HAT TRICK OF CLUB RECORDS FOR MARK TURNBULL
Mark Turnbull made it a hat trick of club records in four weeks, when he set a new club 50 mile record of 1h 44m 45s in the BDCA event at Etwall.
Mark added the 50 record to the 100 mile & 12 hour he set in previous weeks, during his current great run of form.
He is currently placed second in the Best British All Rounder Competition, based on average speed over a 50, 100 & 12hr event. He will now be taking part in the National 12 hour Championship this coming weekend.

29/7/13 MARK TURNBULL - NEW CLUB 12 HOUR RECORD
Yet another club record fell on Sunday when Mark Turnbull broke his own club 12 hour record, covering an amazing 295.230mls. Mark was competing in the CC Breckland 12 hour in Norfolk, finishing in second place in the event. This coming weekend he will be competing in the BDCA 50 at Etwall to try & further improve his BBAR average.

21/7/13 JOHN'S 24 HOUR !
Along with over 90 other starters, John Payne completed the National Championship 24 hour event with a remarkable new club record of 457.858 miles.
Starting at 1350 on Saturday & finishing at the same time on Sunday, John was soon ploughing his way through the field, completing the first 100 miles in around 4h 27m & then completed the first 12 hours with 243 miles. John may have paid for his fast start, & endured some rough patches during the night, but recovered on the final finishing circuit to finish in 12th place in the National Championship. Having been priviliged to watch a big part of the race first hand (Bill), it was a brilliant effort & I just know he will try it again !!
The previous record was a long standing one, set by the late Neil Gerrard in 1980. If Neil was still with us, I know he would have approved !

5/7/13 MARK TURNBULL SETS ANOTHER NEW 100 MILE RECORD
Mark Turnbull took another huge chunk of time off his own club 100 mile record with an amazing time of 3h 36m 50s in the EDCA 100 mile time trial.
His time, which is the equivalent of four consecutive 54 minute 25s, took over 16 minutes off his previous record set earlier in the season. Mark is now looking for a fast "50" & 12 hour time to achieve a top twelve finish in the National "Best British All rounder" competition.

7/7/13 CLUB 100 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
A last minute change of course brought problems for all the riders & resulted in many riders covering different distances (97m or 102m). Results are now confirmed (21/7/13) & the order of finish for the club championship is shown on the results page.
The course problem & the extreme heat took its toll on the event with only around 20 finishers (4 from Leigh Prem) from the 110 entries. Full result and more details will follow when they are available.
On the same day, Mark Turnbull took a fine second place in the Ferryhill Wheelers 50 in North Yorkshire in 1-51-45.

30/6/13 CLUB 50 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP & A NEW RECORD
The club 50 mile championships proved a success for all the riders taking part.
Mark Turnbull retained his title with a year's fastest of 1-53-05, with John Payne in second place in a new personal best of 1-56-33 & Nathan Turnbull third in 1-57-46. Mark Tickle also recorded a PB of 1-59-59, to become the 11th Leigh Premier rider to beat two hours for the distance. Paul Blackburn & Gareth Howard also recorded PBs of 2-7-35 & 2-16-28 respectively.
The winning trio also set a new club team record, beating the previous record set in 2011 by nearly four minutes.
The championship was held as part of the Manchester & District TTA event & Mark, John & Nathan took the team award to retain the Manchester & District trophy that they won in 2012. Congratulations all round !

24/6/13 JOHN WINS VETS 30 & A PB AT 25 FOR NATHAN
A great double for the club !
John Payne achieved his first open event win on Saturday, in the Veterans TTA (Manchester & NW) 30 mile time trial at Cranage in a time of 1h 9m 01s.
The same afternoon, Nathan Turnbull recorded a personal best 25 of 53m 14s, on the A25/11 course at Etwall. That time now elevates Nathan to the fourth fastest all time Leigh Premier rider over 25 miles.

15/6/13 CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
The club 25 championship trophy has another new name engraved on it, after John Payne emerged fastest after a three way battle on a breezy J2/9. John's time of 57m 14s was 47 seconds faster than Nathan Turnbull, with Mark Tickle third, literally just outside the hour in 1-00-01. Paul Blackburn recorded 1-3-10 & Gareth Howard finished with 1-9-38, with Richard Jervis unluckily suffering a puncture. Go to the results page for all the latest.

6/6/13 HORWICH ROAD RACE - MARK TICKLE
Mark Tickle finished in third place in the CDNW League Road Race at Horwich last night. Staying clear on the hilly circuit, with a break of five riders, Mark took third place in the sprint. Mark has now obtained his third category licence in his first full year riding the League. Check out all his 2013 road race results.
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Mark in action in the CDNW Road Race (left) & sprinting for third place (right)
(Pictures thanks to Darren Topping & Rick Sykes)

2/6/13 NEW CLUB 100 MILE RECORD
A little late with the news, but last weekend Mark Turnbull beat his own club 100 mile record in the Hounslow & District Wheelers event with a time of 3h 53m 29s. Mark beat his own record by over six minutes & has become the first Leigh Premier rider to beat four hours for the distance.

2/6/13 WEEKEND RIDES
There was another Leigh Premier team win on Saturday in the Dukinfield CC 25 on the J2/9. Mark Turnbull led the team, finishing 3rd in a time of 55m-37s, backed up by Nathan Turnbull 57-25 & John Payne 58-30.
Another good result the following day as Mark Tickle found the hilly Buxton course to his liking, finishing 6th in the latest CDNW Road Race.
Check out all the latest results on the results page.
Only five riders on Sunday's club run despite the sunshine. John, Ken, Lowton Rick, Phil & Bill took the opportunity to get in an 80 miler on a "scenic" route to the Eureka Cafe.

29/5/13 WEEKEND RIDES
It was a time for longer distances over the Bank Holiday weekend, with four riders in the Warrington RC 50 on Saturday & Mark Tickle riding the Anfield BC 100 on Monday. Nathan Turnbull recorded 1-56-50 for 8th place, followed by John Payne in 9th, with his first sub two hour ride in 1-57-01. Unfortunately Richard Jervis incurred a 27m 30s late start. His actual time of a 2-2, would probably have won them the team prize. On BH Monday, Mark Tickle rode his first 100 mile time trial, recording 4-28-53 in the Anfield BC event.
At a more sedate pace, Bill Fairhurst completed the "Ffestiniog 360 Challenge", in support of the local children's hospice. The superb 63 mile course went through the heart of a sunny Snowdonia, with over 4000ft of climbing & was completed in just over four hours. Recommended.
The previous week, new club member, Simon Hurt became the first Leigh Premier rider to take part in & finish the Etape Caledonia. The closed roads sportive in the North East of Scotland regularly attracts a maximum of 5000 competitors over the hilly 81 mile course containing over 6000ft of climbing.

23/5/13 CLUB SPOCO CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
Pictured below in last night's evening sunshine, the 1-2-3 in this years club SPOCO Championships, held as part of the Oldham Century RC 18 mile Mountain Time Trial near Greenfield.
1. Nathan Turnbull, 2. Rick Jervis 3. Gareth Howard (full results awaited)
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(Pictures thanks to John Payne)

13/5/13 DUKINFIELD 50
Good performances all round in the Dukinfield CC 50 last Saturday by the six Leigh Prem members taking part, & particularly Richard Jervis & Paul Blackburn, riding their first 50.
The following day Mark Turnbull clocked a rapid 1-50-23 to take sixth place in the Norland TT Combine 50 on the F1 course in the North London District. Check out the full results.

7/5/13 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Mark Turnbull won the first club championship of the year, claiming the 10 mile event in a time of 21m 39s. Second place was Nathan Turnbull in 22-45 & Mark Tickle third in 22-57. John Payne recorded 22-57 in fourth place, with Richard Jervis 5th in 23-06. Mark also finished in fifth place in the actual event, which was promoted by ABC Centreville on the J2/1 course at Chelford. Check out the full results. The first four riders were in exactly the same positions as last year's 10 mile championship, though the results were much tighter with only 22 seconds separating second to fifth place.
The 2013 Club Hill Climb Championship was held the following day as part of the Kent Valley CC Hill Climb up Shap. Nathan Turnbull took this year's title with a time of 30m 21s.

22/4/13 OPEN 10 MILE TIME TRIAL
The club's Open 10 mile time trial was held on Sat 20 April on the Rainford by Pass, & had 58 entrants.
The event was won by Tony Greenhalgh from Wheelbase/Altura/MGD in 20-34. Mark Turnbull finished just six seconds back in third place & John Payne, Mark Tickle, Nathan Turnbull & Richard Jervis all finished in the first 14. Full details are on the results page.
The event was organised for the first time by Colin Reynolds, who had to sort out the problem of a last minute course change, as the finishing lane was partly blocked by drifting sand. Actual course distance for the event was 9.68 miles. There are some complimentary remarks on the "Time Trialling Forum" about the event.
John Payne & Nathan Turnbull rushed off after the event to take part in the M & DTTA 25 in Cheshire, later in the afternoon ! They recorded a 58 & 57 respectively - quite a feat !

30/3/13 ANOTHER WIN
Mark Turnbull won the second of the Manchester & Dist TTA points Series events today, & led John Payne & Nathan Turnbull to their second consecutive team win. See results.

3/2/2013 M & DTTA PRESENTATION
Last Sunday, Mark Turnbull, John Payne, Nathan Turnbull & Mark Tickle were presented with their haul of trophies & medals for their wins in the Manchester & District Time Trials Association Championships.
The awards were presented by Mavis Tweedale (South Lancs RC)
Congratulations again to all.

Mark, John & Nathan
(Photo kind permission of Peter Hayhurst)

Cheshire Courses Points Series 2012 : Individual 1st Mark Turnbull
Cheshire Courses Points Series 2012 : Team winners Leigh Premier (M. Turnbull, N.Turnbull, J.Payne)

Middle Distance Best All Rounder Championship : 1st Mark Turnbull
Best All Rounder Championship : Individual 2nd Mark Turnbull, 4th John Payne

12 hour Championship : Individual 1st Mark Turnbull
12 hour Championship : Team Winners Leigh Premier (M. Turnbull, M.Tickle, J.Payne)

100 mile Championship : Individual 4th Mark Turnbull
100 mile Championship : Team Winners Leigh Premier (M. Turnbull, N.Turnbull, J.Payne)

50 mile Championship : Individual 3rd Mark Turnbull

50 mile Championship : Team Winners Leigh Premier (M. Turnbull, N.Turnbull, J.Payne)

1 /12/12 ANNUAL BUFFET & PRIZE PRESENTATION
The club celebrated one of its most succesful years of cycling, at the annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.
Mark Turnbull was the club's most prolific winner this year, collecting five of the main prizes. Mark took the 10, 50 & 100 mile, 12 hour & BAR titles.
Chris Southworth claimed four titles, winning a "mixed bag" of 25 mile, SPOCO, Hill Climb and the Road Race titles.
Mark Turnbull made quite a sensational return to the 12 hour, riding the National Championship, where he finished fourth & then winning the M&DTTA 12 hour with a new club record distance of 286.89 miles. Mark's distance rides also gave him seventh place in the in the National Best All Rounder Competition.

The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of eighteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by John Payne. He was pushed all the way by Gareth Howard, with last year's winner Colin Reynolds in third.
The "Bateson Trophy" for the club's most improved rider from the previous season, also went to John Payne, from Mark Turnbull & Gareth Howard.

2/11/12 MARK TURNBULL - 7th NATIONAL B.A.R
Mark Turnbull is confirmed as finishing in 7th place in the National Best All Rounder Competition for 2012.
Mark's average speed over 50 miles, 100 miles & 12 hours was 25.676mph.

28/10/12 MARK TICKLE 15th NATIONAL HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Mark Tickle, who rounded off a great racing season for Leigh Premier by finishing in a superb 15th place from 144 finishers in the National Hill Climb Championship, held on "The Rake" near Ramsbottom.
The much feared climb contains a maximum gradient of 1 in 4 and even has a handrail on the side for pedestrians. Mark's time of 2m 43.2secs compared well with Jack Pullar, who won the championship for the first time in 2-21.3.
Mark has had a great hill climb campaign over the last month, finishing well in every event in which he has competed.
Marks results for the last month have been (full details on the Results page) :
Withington Whs HC 5th
Otley CC Stage 1 HC 4th
Otley CC Stage 2 HC 5th
West Penine CC HC 3rd
Huddersfield Star Whs HC 4th
Lyme RC HC 5th
Nelson Whs HC 2nd
Matlock CC Stage 1 HC 8th
Matlock CC Stage 2 HC 7th
National Champs HC 15th
.....and don't forget Mark was also our second counter in the winning Leigh Premier team in the Manchester & District TTA 12 hour with 257 miles.

15/10/12 MARK ON MOW COP's KILLER MILE
Mark Tickle continued his build up towards the National Championship Hill Climb on the "The Rake" at the end of the month, with two more fine performances. On Sunday he finished 5th from a field of 60 riders on the fearsome Mow Cop Climb.
The previous day brought mixed fortunes when in the Holme Valley Wheelers morning event, he punctured with 300 yards to go. In the afternoon Mark went on to finish 4th in the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climb on Jackson Bridge.

1/10/2012 MARK AT THE DOUBLE
Mark Tickle kept the Leigh Premier season succesfully rolling along, taking part in two events yesterday. In the morning Mark finished 10th in the 50 mile Weaver Valley CC Road Race, before travelling across Cheshire, to finish in 5th place in the Withington Wheelers Hill Climb on the 980yds Peaslows Hill near Manchester. The hill climb placing would no doubt have been higher if he had not raced 50 miles in the morning !
Mark has entered the National Hill Climb Championship on the "The Rake" at Ramsbottom, at the end of the month.

2 6/9/12 MANCHESTER & DISTRICT TTA POINTS COMPETITION
The Seamons CC 25 on Saturday was the final counting event in this year's Manchester & District TTA Points Competition. Leigh riders have been "in the points" throughout the year. Saturday was no exception, & Mark Turnbull completed his 10 scoring events to move to the top of the final individual table, with a fine third place in 55m 30s. Nathan Turnbull (10th) & John Payne (13th) also added to their points scores to ensure that Leigh Premier also finished on top of the team table .
Mark's competition winning points total was 533, with Nathan Turnbull finishing 6th with 469 and John Payne 8th with 446. The full individual & team results, which make good viewing from a Leigh Premier point of view, can be viewed on the M&DTTA Website .
It brings to an end a fantastic season for Leigh Premier, which has seen the club crowned Manchester & Ditrict TTA team champions at 50 miles, 100 miles, 12 hours & now the season long points competition. Mark Turnbull is also individual 12 hour & points competition champion.
There have been many other great racing performances & congratulations must go to all our racing members on making 2012 probably the most successful in the club's history.

18/9/12 ANOTHER CLUB RECORD
Yet another club record fell over the weekend. The club 25 mile team record, previously set in 1991, was beaten by Chris Southworth, John Payne & Nathan Turnbull in the Stone Wheelers 25 on the J5/8 at Blyth Bridge. Chris Southworth finished 12th in a high class field with a new PB of 51m 48s. He was backed up by John Payne 54-34 & Nathan Turnbull 54-58, to set a new club record of 2h 41m 20s.

10/9/12 FIVE RIDERS UNDER THE HOUR
Check out the results page for the ABC Centreville event last Saturday. Leigh Premier had five riders under the hour, with Chris Southworth leading the way in third place. The club is now leading the M&D points competition, with one event remaining.

/9/12 ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING !
Sad news from one of our favourite watering holes. The "Elvis Cafe" at Tarvin is no longer the "Elvis Cafe". The cafe itself is still there, but apparently the owner has sold up & removed all her Elvis memorabilla. However, the report from the club run group that visited a couple of weeks ago is that the cafe itself is still OK & reasonably priced.
The photos below are now just a memory (like Elvis !)
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22/8/12 MESSAGE FROM OZ
It's good to know that Leigh Prem is followed on the other side of the world. I received the Email below from Tony Knight, a founder member of Leigh Premier in 1964 & now living in Australia.
"Hi Bill, Absolutely brilliant. Never thought I'd see LPRC so high in the half day event. Cheers Tony Knight Australia"

17/8/12 CLUB 10 MILE POINTS COMPETITION
The club 10 mile points competition, based on eighteen Tuesday evening 10 mile time trials at Rainford, finally came to a close on Tuesday. The winner was long term leader John Payne with 1427 points from Gareth Howard, second with 1286 points. In third place, despite a PB in the final event, was former points competition winner Colin Reynolds 1183 points.

17/8/12 THE LONGEST DAY
Just when we thought it could not get any better, Mark Turnbull produced another club 12 hour record, just two weeks after setting new figures in the National Championship (see report below). The event, the West Cheshire TTA 12 hour, was also the 2012 club championship and the Manchester & District TTA Championship.
Mark was the clear winner of both, with a distance of 286.89 miles.
Also riding in their first ever half day event were Mark Tickle who finished 2nd in the Club Championship & 5th in the event with 256.99 miles and John Payne, 3rd in the Club Championship and 8th in the event with 253.09 miles.
The trio won the Manchester & District 12 hour team championship for the first time since 1976 and set a new club team record of 796.97 miles, finally removing one of the club's longest standing records, also set in 1976.

30/7/12 MARK TURNBULL 4th IN NATIONAL 12 HOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Mark Turnbull produced a brilliant performance in yesterday's National 12 hour Championship, just missing out on the bronze medal, finishing in 4th place. Mark recorded a staggering 283.69 miles to shatter his own club record set last year. Mark also intends to target the M & DTTA 12 hour on 12 August, together with John Paine & Mark Tickle. The national championship was won by Nik Bowdler with 301mls.

21/7/12 M&DTTA 100 PICS
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Mark, Nath & John - M&DTTA 100 mile Team Champions 2012
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Support team !!!
All photos courtesy of Mavis Tweedale & Peter Hayhurst

14/7/12 CLUB 100 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
Today's club 100 mile championship, which was held as part of the Manchester & Dist TTA 100, was won for the second consecutive year by Mark Turnbull in 4h 3m 39s. Second, riding his first 100, was John Payne in 4-15-10 & third was Nathan Turnbull with 4-17-40. A great ride by all three riders also won the Manchester & District TTA team championship trophy for 2012. The three riders also created a new club team record by slicing around 48 minutes off the old record. Mark finished in fourth place in the overall event, with John 8th & Nath 11th. John also took the 1st handicap award.

13/7/12 RICHARD, ALAN & PAUL - BADASSES !
The prize for this year's most gruelling day out goes to club members Richard Jervis, Alan Bennett & Paul Blackburn who, last Sunday, completed the 168 mile Bowland Baddass Sportive.
The Bowland Badass is a torturous 166 mile cloverleaf-shaped route that begins and ends in Garstang, dipping and diving up and down an almost seemingly endless succession of hills, all within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (including Pendle Forest). With over 18,500 feet (over 5500 metres) of ascent, this fiendish route criss-crosses some of the most scenic countryside that Lancashire has to offer in a relentless series of punishing climbs, the rare flat sections few and far between.
The trio stuck together throughout, & finished joint 13th fastest in 13hrs 1minute, from a field of 70 entrants & just 24 finishers.

4 /7/12 M&DTTA 50 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING TEAM
Following on from the event report below. The Leigh Premier team of Mark Turnbull, Nathan Turnbull & John Payne won the Manchester & District TTA 50 mile Team Championship for 2012. The "Mercury Challenge Trophy" will be presented to the trio at the M &D prize giving later in the year. We have won a few M&D championships over the years, both individual & team, but this the first time we have won the 50 mile team. Congratulations to all concerned.

1/7/12 CLUB 50 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP (& WEEKEND ROUNDUP)
Mark Turnbull made a welcome return to racing following his accident in May. Mark "picked up where he left off", by winning the club 50 mile championship on a breezy, showery afternoon in Cheshire in the Manchester & District TTA event. Mark recorded 1-54-11, to also take third place in the event. Mark's brother, Nathan was second in the championship with 1-58-52 (ninth in the event). John Payne continued his good run of form, recording 2-1-56, in his first 50 mile event. Gareth Howard, also riding his first 50, recorded 2-19-49. Chris Southworth & Mark Tickle (puncture 16mls) were both DNF.
The following day Mark Tickle took sixth place in the 40 mile TLI High Peak Road Race at Taddington, "smashing it" around lots of steep climbs ! This was Mark's third good placing in the TLI Road Race series in recent weeks, following on from good performances at Oulton Park & Stone.
The six riders out on Sunday's club run (Ken, Simon, Paul, John, Phil & Steve) went out to the "Cowshed" at Seven Sisters Ice Cream & Tea rooms & back via Dunham Massey.
CHECK OUT the new "Bike Lanes" YOUTUBE at the top of this page, sent to me by Andy Fox.

11/6/12 (UPDATED 13/6) WEEKEND ROUNDUP
Chris Southworth got the weekend off to a fine start, finishing third in Saturday's Phoenix CC (Aintree) 10 mile time trial on the Rainford-by-pass in 22m 16s. Colin Reynolds finished in 31st position in 26-36.
Check out the photos of Chris & Colin on the Martin Holden Photography website.
Later the same day Nathan Turnbull rode the Lancaster CC 10 mile time trial on the potentially fast Levens course. The night unfortunately didn't provide the super fast times, but Nathan still recorded 21m 57s to make the journey worthwhile.
The following morning Nathan was in action again, finishing in 9th place in the West Pennine RC 25 at Garstang in 58m 49s. Also riding was Richard Maughan who finished 14th in 1h 1m 26s.
Mark Tickle rode the John Boote Road Race on Sunday morning, but unfortunately snapped his chain on the 8th lap of the 13 lap race. Mechanics got Mark off & running again, but he was unable to regain the bunch, before the chain snapped for a second time. The previous Thursday Mark put on his running shoes, to finish seventh in the Bowden 5k road race in 16m 44s.
An unexpected, but welcome, sunny day favoured the eight members (Ken, Simon, Alan(& son), James, Paul, John & Bill) out on the Sunday club run, completing a 70 miler to Delamere via Little Budworth

2/6/12 CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Southworth is the club's 25 mile champion for 2012. The championsip was held as part of the Dukinfield CC 25 on the J2/9 & Chris produced a blistering 55-49 for a convincing win. In second place, with a tremendous performance in only his second 25, was John Payne with 59-06, closely followed by Mark Tickle in 59-23 in third, and Nathan Turnbull fourth in 59-37. Mike Neary produced a PB in 1-2-31 & Colin Reynolds a PB 1-7-01.
Mark Tickle rushed off at the finish in order to run in the Hollins Green 5k road race, starting a couple of hours later, recording 16m 52s (full result still awaited but in the first 12).
2/6/12 ANDY'S BARCELONA TRIATHLON
Andy Chalmers completed the gruelling Barcelona Middle Distance Triathlon, taking in a 1.9km swim, 90km bike & 21km run. Andy completed the swim in 34min, the bike leg in 2h 33m & the final run in 2h 11m, for an overall time of 5 hours 23 minutes. With temperatures in the shade at 28 degrees, & less preparation training in the legs than he needed, Andy found the "wheels coming off" on the final run !
However his time this year has been well spent, as he has now qualified as a Level 2 Triathlon Coach, and has also passed the practical exam towards his final physio qualification.

26/5/12 DUATHLON WIN FOR MARK TICKLE
Mark Tickle won this morning's "Ian Hesketh Duathlon" for the second consecutive year in a time of 1h 15m 41s.
The event is held on a tough hilly course in the Rivington area. "Warming up" for the event, earlier in the week Mark finished in 7th position in the Oldham Century RC 18 mile Hilly time trial in 54m 28s.

17/5/12 MARK TURNBULL
Some better news. Mark has now been allowed home. The jaw was fractured in two places & is now wired. He also sustained cuts to his neck. He would like to thank everyone for their wishes & concern.

14/5/12 MARK TURNBULL'S ACCIDENT
For all those who have contacted me, concerned about how Mark after his accident on Saturday in the Dukinfield 50.
Mark is in Wythenshawe Hospital, & I understand that he has his jaw wired up & will be on liquids for a month. He did not lose too much blood & did not need a transfusion when operated on early Sunday morning. He has been up & out of bed.
All the best to Mark for a speedy recovery, from everyone in the club.

9/5/12 CLUB 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP & WEEKEND ROUNDUP
Mark Turnbull won the first club championship of the year, claiming the 10 mile event in a time of 20m 58s. Second place was Nathan Turnbull in 22-44 & Mark Tickle third in 23-18. John Payne recorded a personal best 24-02 in fourth place. Mark also finished in third place in the actual event, which was promoted by ABC Centreville on the J2/1 course at Chelford. Check out the full results.
Mark's ride also puts him in the lead in the Manchester & District Points Championship after 6 events, with Nathan in 5th place. Leigh Premier is also now second in the club competition
On Bank Holiday Monday Mark Tickle took a fine 8th place from a field of 50 riders in the Kent Valley CC Hill Climb on Shap. Not content with his morning exertion, Mark drove back, & later in the day, took part in the Mchr Whs Inter Club 10 on the J2/1, recording 23-23.

22/1/12 FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR
The club's first win of 2012 came courtesy of running shoes rather than racing wheels.
Mark Tickle won yesterday's Anglesey 28 mile off road ultra marathon in a time of 3hrs 39mins, taking over 25 minutes off the time he clocked in the same event last year. The win was Mark's first in the prestigious Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series.
The following day a rapidly ageing member (Bill) completed the Helsby Half Marathon for the eighth time. Sadly, the time of 1h 50m, was over 30min slower than the times of around 30 years ago, but the pain was the same !


24/10/11 HILL CLIMBS & CYCLO CROSS
It was another busy weekend for Martin Sackfield & son Chris, taking part in the NWCCA Cyclo Cross at Barnoldswick. Martin & Chris have taken part in six events of the North West Cyclo Cross Association 2011 series. Martin is currently placed 18th in the overall points table for Seniors & Chris is currently in 7th place overall in the Under 12s.
Full details of their results are on the results page.
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Chris Sackfield in Cyclo Cross action !

At the same time Mark Tickle was taking part in the Matlock CC two stage hill climb. Mark finished 10th in the morning event on Bank Road, 17th in the afternoon on Riber, to place him 12th overall.
Again full details of the results are on our results page.

11/10/11 MARK WINS CLUB HILL CLIMB CHAMPS, & 4th IN HSWC HILL CLIMB
Mark Tickle continued his succesful hill climbing season, finishing just two seconds off a podium place, in fourth place in the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climb. The event was held on the Jackson Bridge course, and was also the nominated event for this year's club hill climb championship.
Check out the You Tube video of the event.

Photo courtesy of Flaming Photography

21/9/11 HAT TRICK OF NATIONAL TITLES FOR SIMON
Simon Bridge made it a hat trick of TLI National Championships, by winning the time trial championship in a course record time. Simon finished just 7 seconds clear of his training partner Scott Burns (Manchester Whs) in a time of 21-45s. The previous course record had been set by current Irish Junior TT and RR Champion, Ryan Mullan in 22:00.
The following day Simon joined forces with Scott Burns to win the City RC (Hull) RC 2up 10 mile time trial from a top class field.

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Photos from the National Champs courtesy of Ed Rollason Photography

12/9/11 SIMON - DOUBLE NATIONAL CHAMPION !
At the end of a season of great results, Simon Bridge won the TLI National Criterium championships (A cat) on the Hetton-le-Hole circuit on Saturday. 3 riders got away (all A cat riders) and worked well putting a minute and half into the bunch. Simon took the sprint comfortably.
The following day, Simon also won the TLI National Road Race Championships on the Stamfordham circuit (same circuit as the BCF champs). The A & B cat riders were also joined by the Juniors and Espoirs making up a very large and competitive bunch. 3 Juniors went from the gun and after a number of attacks the Yorkshire Velo rider who had placed 3rd in the previous day's Crit managed to get away on his own. Simon attacked on the first ascent of the Ryals, and took another Junior and Espoir away. They picked up the Yorkshire Velo rider on the way to closing a 3 minute gap to the leading trio just before the 2nd ascent of the Ryals. The 2nd climb put Simon in trouble as the juniors tried to sort out their race. Luckily one of the juniors also got distanced and the two of them worked hard to get back on on the fast decent after the climb. The finishing circuit was a bit of an unknown quantity for the non locals, so no one was too keen to go for a long one. The group of 7 stayed together to the finish which was on a medium climb. The other A cat rider ended up having to lead out the sprint, so Simon had him easily, and also managed to hold off the Juniors and Espoir to take the overall race win as well by half a wheel.
In a good weekend of Results Andy Chalmers rounded off his triathlon season, finishing in 9th place from 862 starters & win his age group in the Tatton Park Triathlon


11/7/11 MARK's ETAPE - WHAT A STORY !!
Mark Tickle completed the the "Etape de tour" today in 5h 23m after a most incident packed ride. The course took the riders over three big cols - the Telegraph, Galibier before finishing on top of Alp D'Huez. Mark suffered a blow out descending from the Galibier, fortunately finishing on the grass at the side of the road rather than something much harder. The repaired tyre still had a bulge, and finally blew again 10km later. Mark the had to run 7km into Bourg D'Oisans in his bare feet ! From there, he borrowed girl friend Sara's bike to complete the climb of Alp D'Huez, hardly able to sit in the saddle all the way up. Mark is looking forward to climbing the Ventoux later in the week as a wind down !! Carl Johnson also completed the event in 5-51.

13/5/10 MALLORCA LEFT TO RECOVER FROM LEIGH PREMIER VISIT !
The club's first cycling week in Mallorca was declared a success by the riders taking part , with the general concensus being "roll on next year" !
Highlight of the week was the final 70 mile day, with 6300ft of climbing, including the "killer climb" of La Colobra.
The low point was definitely the unprecedented storm on the Monday which saw 8 inches of rain in 24 hours. The continuous torrential rain, thunder, lightning & gales reeked havoc across the island with widespread flooding & road damage. Worse still, it cost a day and a half's riding !
Rides also included another mountain trip up Sa Batalla & the Lluc Monastry, the lighthouse on the Formentera Penninsula and inland to the old town of Sineu.

28/11/09 CLUB ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION
The club celebrated another succesful year of cycling, at the annual buffet and prize presentation, held at the Miner's Welfare at Gin Pit Village.
The club welcomed special guests for the evening, Dan Guillemette, a long time club member now living back in Guernsey, who made the long journey, to present the prizes.

Simon Bridge was the club's most prolific winner this year, collecting four of the main prizes. Simon's superb run of form enabled him to take a hat trick of short distance time trial trophies, by winning the 10 mile, 50 mile and the SPOCO (Sporting Couses) time trial championships.
Simon also demonstrated his all round racing ability by winning the Road Race championship for the first time since 1998.
Nathan Turnbull, who has dominated the championships in recent years, again took his first share of the prizes, winning the 25 mile championship & the gruelling 12 hour championship. Nathan covered 241 miles at his first, and, in his own words, possibly his last try at the event.
The shortest event on the championship calender, the hill climb, was won for the first time by Mark Tickle, with Mark Turnbull and his brother Nathan, making up the one, two, three on the fearsome 1 in 4 climb of "The Rake" at Ramsbottom.
Mark Tickle also displayed his promising abilities throughout the season, and was rewarded by winning the "Bateson Trophy" for the Most Improved Rider.
The other long distance championship, the 100 mile event, was won by Martin Sackfield. Martin also won the club "Best All Rounder" competition based on average speed for a 25, 50 & 100 mile time trial.
The "Veterans Best All Rounder" competition based on a riders times against an age related standard over 10, 25 & 50 miles, was won by Bill Fairhurst, with Martin Sackfield in second place.
The keenly contested 10 mile points championship, based on a series of fifteen Tuesday evening events throughout the season, was won by first year rider, Rob Aston . He was pushed all the way by another first year rider, Colin Reynolds, with last year's winner Andy Chalmers in third.

23/3/09 CLUB RUN IN THE LAKES
The club run up in the Lake District on Sunday 15 March was a real success.We had 8 members turn out for a 72 mile ride, in good weather, over three big Lakeland passes, with a total of 2070m (6800ft) of climbing for the day. The ride took us over the Kirkstone Pass (up "the struggle" from Ambleside), Whinlatter Pass & the Honister Pass.
The eight mountaineers were Gareth, Carl, John, Martin S, Bill, Mark, Kevin & Martin C.

Check out the new photo gallery of the ride which is on the website.

& DON'T FORGET
1/8/05 TOM SACKFIELD
For the second time in just a few months, I have to pass on sad news on the website.
Tom Sackfield, a founder member, sadly passed away on Thursday 11 August in Bolton Hospital, aged 61. The funeral was held at the Howe Bridge Crem on Fri 19 August.
On behalf of everyone at the club, sincere condolences to Martin and all his family.

30/4/05 NEIL GERRARD
Neil Gerrard sadly passed away on Saturday 30 April.
Neil was a founder member of the club, & those of you associated with Leigh Premier for a number of years will know that few people have done more to support the club since its formation in 1964. The funeral was held on Friday 6 May 1330 at St Richards Church in Mayfield Street Atherton. It was attended by many cyclists, including club members past and present.

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