Bournemouth Cycleworks’ Jamie Whitcher continued his recent good form by winning the Craig Weston Memorial 10 in Dorset with a new course record time.

Whitcher clocked 19-06 while Jordan Giles of Primera Team Jobs was a close runner up in 19-18 with former course record holder Sam Wadsley (Primera Team Jobs) completing the podium in 19-29.

Army Cycling’s Chris Murray was fastest woman in 23-28 from a3crg’s Kirsty McSeveney (24-01) and host club Poole Wheelers Lauren Falconer coming home third in 24-18.

In the road bike category Ashley Newman of Primera TeamJobs set a scorching 20-39 (also a Road Bike record for the course) to win from Poole Wheelers’ Tom Nancarrow (21-25) and Kieran Graham (22-33).

The top three women in the road bike class were all from Poole Wheelers with Emma Twine taking the win in 26-52 from Liz Cook (29-18) and Olivia Chaffey (32-45) in what was her first ever time trial.

Fastest Junior was Rufus King in 23-38 and the fastest team was the Primera TeamJobs trio of Giles, Wadsley and Newman.

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Despite the amazing times, the real winner on the day was event itself. Craig Weston was a huge driving force on the local cycling scene and in the last decade played a key part in driving Poole Wheelers membership to north of 200 members.

To put things into perspective, Poole Wheelers had more club members ride this event than they had total members when Craig joined.

Craig sadly lost his battle with long-term illness earlier this year. Affectionally known as “Guv” to many of the members, Craig was always the first person you looked for at any event. He led the club social rides and made the club a community, giving people the confidence to ride in a group and to enter events no matter how fast they were.

The atmosphere back at HQ reflected everything Craig stood for, with more members staying on to socialise and enjoy cake than anyone could remember. Some of the “old guard” commented that it was like the golden age of time trialling once more. The event also raised an astonishing Β£800 for Craigs Charities and the money will be going to support the preservation of our vitally important Bee colonies in the UK.

It also appears the maybe Craig was watching down on us all, as we somehow managed to get a window of dry weather in between a huge electrical storm and the torrential rain that started falling minutes after the event had finished.

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