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Triathlon star Joe Skipper sets course record in +Breckland 50

PUBLISHED: 08:49 06 September 2017

John Morgan from the North Norfolk Wheelers winning team at CC Breckland 50. Picture:Fergus Muir at the CC Breckland 50

John Morgan from the North Norfolk Wheelers winning team at CC Breckland 50. Picture:Fergus Muir at the CC Breckland 50

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International triathlete Joe Skipper incorporated the CC Breckland 50 into his afternoon’s training for the forthcoming European championship long-distance triathlon – and won the 50 in a new course record time of 1:40:31.

Alex Bailey  fastest from promoting club CC Breckland. Picture: Fergus Muir Alex Bailey fastest from promoting club CC Breckland. Picture: Fergus Muir

Skipper went for a five-kilometre run just before the start and did 10 kilometres directly after riding back to the event HQ at Morley.

Just two minutes 47 seconds slower than the Norwich triathlete was Thetford rider Dave Green (1:43:47) who has his eyes on the Best British All-Rounder competition.

Conditions for the mid-afternoon event on the Wymondham-Snetterton road were good, but not super-fast. The wind gradually swung towards an easterly direction and riders heading towards Wymondham found it unexpectedly hard second time around.

Exceptional efforts by local riders included 1:52:04 from Alex Bailey of the promoting CC Breckland and 1:52:05 by Norwich Amateur BC’s Oliver Cozens. VC Baracchi’s Chris Womack knocked four minutes off his PB to record 2:01:42 – at the age of 70.

One lap to go – Tom Fitzpatrick (right) and Tommy Power (Strada top) lead at the Jef Schils race near Colchester. Picture: Fergus Muir One lap to go – Tom Fitzpatrick (right) and Tommy Power (Strada top) lead at the Jef Schils race near Colchester. Picture: Fergus Muir

In this event, that bids to attract contenders for national awards from far afield, it was good to see the team prize go to the local North Norfolk Wheelers. Mike Padfield put in a six-minute personal best 1:53:22 to lead John Morgan (1:57:38) and Nigel Walsh (2:00:58) to the award.

Women’s winner was visitor Laura Bartlett (1:53:04) while a PB 1:53:23 netted a handicap prize for Denise Hurren (Sole Bay Sport).

Top local rider in the Stowmarket “10” was Liam Gentry (DAP CC, 21:25) just a second up on King’s Lynn rider Ben Keeley. Winner was Leon West (CC Sudbury, 21:10).

Winner of the VeloVelocity 25 on the Newmarket bypass was Kevin Tye (Velo Refined, 47:08) with Yarmouth rider Harley Matthews flying around to take second in a staggering 47:51. Further afield, Lucas He (VC Baracchi) was 15th in the National Junior “10” in 21:57.

Oliver Cozens – a star ride from the Norwich ABC member at the CCB 50. Picture: Fergus Muir Oliver Cozens – a star ride from the Norwich ABC member at the CCB 50. Picture: Fergus Muir

Tommy Power (Strada Sport) and Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall both featured in the long-lived leading break in the Jef Schils Memorial Road Race near Colchester, but the win went to Dom Schils, grandson of the Belgian roadman the race commemorates.

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