Ground controlled by racer Tom

This week’s Barrow Central Wheeler’s time trial saw a change of terrain as Wednesday night’s hill climb visited the Kirkby Slate Road. Describing it as a road is to be honest a bit of a stretch as its a single track dead end, covered in loose gravel and pot holes, meaning bike control is as important as speed.

The 1.5 km course sees a climb of almost 100m from top to bottom and it was Lakes RC’s Tom Stephenson (main picture) who had the legs to take top spot, breaking the course record by two seconds and also becoming the first person to break the four minute barrier with his time of 3.59 mins. Tom’s brother Sam (pictured left) wasn’t far behind taking third place with 4.16 mins. This could be seen as just rewards for the pairs fine effort recently ,when they cycled up and down Kirkstone Pass for charity equaling the equivalent height of Everest (8848 metres) raising almost £2500 for St Mary’s Hospice in the process.

The consistent Richard Helm (pictured right) split the pair with his time of 4.05 mins beating the BCW club record and his own personal best by 39 seconds. Remarkable when he had a bad start, with his feet seeming to slip off the peddles as he pushed away losing him vital momentum.

Christina Wiejak (Jaden Cyclespace) smashed the ladies course record by a ridiculous 1.52 mins, crossing the line in 4.51 mins and BCW’s Amy Whelan was equally impressive with her ladies club record of 6.42 mins beating the previous best by over 50 seconds.

A special mention for junior Archie Irving of Trainsharp (left) who recorded the fifth fastest time of the night with 4.34 mins. Also congratulations to Josh Hartley, Phill Craker and Graham Carrick who all achieved personal bests on the evening.

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 

All photographs kindly supplied by Lucy Newby

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Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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