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Veteran Brown’s Wisbech saddle comeback

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Not many athletes decide to make a comeback over the age of 70 – but veteran cyclist John Brown has done it.

Ignoring a nagging knee injury which kept him off the bike in the early season, he put in two excellent rides this week.

He recorded a 24.20 in the Team Swift Open ‘10’ at Hull on Tuesday and a 1.04.09 25 miler at the ECCA promotion near Cambridge on Thursday, both comeback personal bests.

Meanwhile 60+ lady vet, Denese Hallahan travelled up with John to Hull and put in a creditable 27.19 in the same event.

On the same Tuesday strong wind kept many riders away at the Wisbech Wheelers evening ‘10’ with top rider and triathlete Mat McClure unable to beat the 23-minute barrier but his time of 23.03 was still enough to give him victory over the next rider by over a minute.

Andrew Ward was second, followed home by Mat’s father Doug McClure. Junior, Harvey Buttriss, improves weekly and was fourth man home.

The ladies are usually undaunted by the weather but holidays and illness meant that Flo Thatcher was the sole female competitor and was left to grind out five miles of solid headwind alone to record 30.54.

Wednesday evening saw several riders out to give it another go in the VTTA ‘10’ at Norwich and Mat McClure went a minute and a half quicker in 21.34, his father Doug 23.02, and Denese Hallahan made it in 28.17, but none could match the pace of Wisbech “man of the moment”, Jason Kierman, who charged round in 20.18.

Results, Tue, July 7, 10 miles: Ladies – F Thatcher 30.54. Juniors – H Butriss 25.56, W Day 27.09 Senior men – M McClure 23.03, A Ward 24.04, D McClure 24.56, S Buttriss 27.00, G Bowles 27.31. Vets (both 60+) - P Baldwin 26.57, T Bye 27.26.

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