Ben does it again as he rewrites record books

Barrow Central Wheelers stepped up the torture levels last Wednesday night when they doubled the distance of their popular time trial to 21 miles starting from Ulverston Sports Club and racing on a loop along the Coast Road. With a weather warning in place for the area it was a relief that there was no repeat of the electric storms that hit the area a couple of days earlier, although the humid conditions along with a headwind on the return journey made it a real test.

An impressive 26 riders representing nine different clubs took to the course from all over the county, showing the demand for these events is as great as ever and it was the riders from outside the area that dominated the leader board.

Ben Granger

After breaking the 10 mile course record two weeks ago Ben Granger of CCCR added his name to the role of honour again as he beat Tom Rigby’s previous best time by an impressive 1.03mins with the time of 44.50mins. Ben Barlow (Kendal CC/Wheelbase) was the only rider to get within four minutes, taking second place on the podium with 46.33mins and VC Cumbria’s David Hill rounding off the podium with 49.04mins , both riders gaining a personal best performance in the progress.

First lady home Victoria McMurtha also recorded a personal best of 1.01.32 hours.

Considering the conditions an impressive nine riders registering personal bests with Michael Connolly, Andy Stubbs, Jon Brown, Joshua Bailey and Mitchell Smolen recording their best times to date, congratulations to them.

This Monday the BCW ‘caravan’ moved out of town as the riders descended on Bigland Hill near Haverthwaite for what could be described as an “old fashioned hill climb” with a 9.5% average gradient as it climbs some 160 metres over the 1.69km course. A record 25 riders entered the race and it was no surprise to see Ben Granger continue his assault on the course records beating the previous best by four seconds with a time of 5.06 mins. Mary Wilkinson of Yorkshire CC wasn’t hanging around either as she hit the summit in 6.11mins smashing the course record by a huge 34 seconds. Amy Whelan’s 8.44mins also set a record for the fastest BCW lady up the climb.

Tom Stephenson of Lakes RC and the Wheeler’s own David Huck were the two nearest challengers to Ben to round out the top 3 in a race where the top six rides managed to break the six minute barrier. Personal bests on the climb were also achieved by Richard Helm, Fraser Minnican and Sam Stephenson.

Full results here

The club are now moving to two races a week with Mondays being added to the Wednesday rides. They really are for all comers and you will be made to feel very welcome if you are itching to test yourself. For full details of events and details of how to contact Barrow Central Wheelers you can visit their website at or find them on Facebook at .

The club are to be commended on being able to host these events with such regularity, especially with the extra safety measures having to be taken into account and its testament to the committee, volunteers and riders that they are not only running smoothly but so many are willing to travel to participate.

Credit for the excellent pictures to Tony Johnston

Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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