A case of ‘if the shoe fits’ as Ellie puts in a top performance at King’s Lynn

Ellie Marshall on her way to a fine finish. Picture: Phil Seaman

Ellie Marshall on her way to a fine finish. Picture: Phil Seaman - Credit: Archant

Conditions were ideal for fast times at King's Lynn Cycling Club's 10-mile time trial – and many of the racers took full advantage.

On a mild evening with a very light breeze, they made easy work of the Tottenhill course.

The handicap competition, in which the latest result is subtracted from the previous best ride of the season, saw some impressive results. The outstanding performance was by 13-year-old Ellie Marshall, whose time of 35:16 represented an improvement of almost four minutes, despite her forgetting her cycling shoes and riding in her trainers.

She finished runner-up in the Juniors section to Tye Rugg, who conversely didn't have the best of nights. Only just making his start time, he later crashed after a pigeon flew across his path. However, he picked himself up to take full points in the class that he's started to run away with.

Ellie also came fourth in the Ladies' Old School behind newcomer Kamarla Lawson who recorded a highly respectable 33:50 in her first ever time trial. Tye's mother, Heather, continued her excellent form, finishing in 31:41 and the winner, Sarah Hardy, was thrilled to break the half-hour barrier by five seconds, her best time of the season by over 90 seconds. Heather continues to lead overall.

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Another rider taking a massive step forward was Kay Burgess. Racing to the win unopposed in the Ladies Time Trial category, she carved 3:17 off her previous best for 2018 to cross the line in 25:11. In only her second appearance of the season, she nudged into a narrow overall lead over the absent Bethany Barnett and Emma Thompson.

The men weren't to be outdone, with season's best times across the board in the Time Trial class. Jorge Vieira took the honours for the fourth time out of five to consolidate his healthy championship lead, charging home in 21:07. He edged out Velovelocity's David Procter by just five seconds, with Robert Warwicker of TriAnglia third on the road. Second Lynn man was Simon Riches whose 22:46 was over a minute faster than his previous best, and just enough to see off James Senter's challenge by 11 seconds.

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