May 24

Wind, more wind, punctures and a combine harvester, the setting for round 4 of Lincsquad’s TT

“5,4,3,2,1 good luck” was repeated 32 times by starter Anna Gibbs on the 23rd May 18:30.  This phrase alone, enough to raise the heart rate of each racer being held on the start line.  Holder upper, Kev Lovett, released 32 riders from the start line in one minute intervals.  These racers, now on their own and building speed, made their way along to the rail way lines where they were cheered on by Becky Hollis, our first marshall of the night   An untimely puncture ended David Hinch’s TT, however was this a ploy to save his legs for the mahoosive challenge of the Bomber this weekend?  Good luck with the bomber David! For the remaining riders, who would succumb to the gastronomical smells emanating at Hilbaldstow?  Marshall Darren Hepworth cheered each rider as they ignored the temptations of the chip shop, each carrying on full pelt to the Redbourne roundabout.  “Heads up, accidents down” was the mantra for each rider as they rode to their abilities and road conditions.  A cheer from Julie England on the roundabout and the racers were on the homeward dash, legs firing like pistons.  A great camaraderie was shown between riders in their encouragement for each other when over taking or being overtaken or watching from the road side on the night.  The atmosphere at the finish line is always tense when the returning riders are spotted. Timekeepers Emma Riby and Jess Porte recorded individual times as the riders come home.  As the racers crossed the line sucking lungful after lungful of air in, who would be singing James Brown’s “I feel good” and who would be trying to “Shake it off” aka Taylor Swift?   Let’s crunch the numbers and see how our riders did in the fourth round of the Lincsquad TT series.

Battling against the 17 mph winds with 27mph gusts and coming home in a speedy time of 22:27 was S Grocock. Closely followed by and completing the podium for the men, B Creasy and S Quirke 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Stuart Grocock flew in the wind to a new PB of 24:39.  The remaining men put in sterling efforts in less than favourable conditions.   First junior on the night goes to J Riby, another strong performance showing that Jacob can maintain form regardless of conditions.  Jacob also went on to win the beautiful cake (donated by Jess Porte) later in the evening in the raffle drawn in HQ (The King Billy).  A puncture almost prevented S Wilson from hitting the start line, however, happily fellow Lincsquadders offered help in the form of a spare tube and indeed a spare wheel.  No escape for Simon.  A vintage bike was spotted on the back of Tony England’s car, however he opted to race his TT bike instead.  A combine harvester attempted to gate crash the TT, we suspected that it was motor assisted and so was a DQ from the results. 

First position for the lasses and overall placing an impressive 10th went to A Schofield of Barton Wheelers in a strong time of 26:08.  Second place went to Vicky Howden, first lady home for Lincsquad.  While V Wilson completed the podium for the girls, recording a PB, 28:07 and holds onto TT bragging rights in her household.  Shirley Hall showed resilience in her second attempt at the circuit, well done for doing a great ride in that strong wind.  Another highflying PB goes to Lincsquad’s K Scutt, fantastic effort tonight.  Cheryl Orr completed the ladies racing with grit and determination, Cheryls second attempt at the course and yet again showing fantastic form. 

Thanks to all racers for racing in less than favourable conditions, that was a tough night filled with adventure. Thanks as always to Wayne Beedham and all marshalls for ensuring the smooth running of the event.  Finally thanks to the King Billy pub for being welcoming hosts.  See you all at round 5!  Marshalls are still required for the final rounds so pop your request on the forum. 



TT Sec


May 21

Duathlon results 16th May

Attached are the provisional results for training race 4. Forty four entered (43 completed) the 1 15 2.

As always many thanks to all the time keepers for giving up their evening and standing on what was a rather chilly bank.

If you have any queries regarding the provisional results please let me know at

2018 Training race 4 results

NOTE: A number of time penalties have been agreed with some athletes and have been applied to their final times.

May 11

Here come the girls! TT Series Round 3

43 TT racers lined up at H/Q (King William IV, Brigg).  More than 30% of the entrants were female.  Jane Taylor of Lincsquad led the ladies home in 1st place with an amazing time of 26:15.  It is great to see Jane back in top form.  Close on Jane’s heels in second place (with a PB) was J Worsley, only 19 seconds separating the top 2 ladies.  Continuing her fantastic form and setting a new PB was V Howden (27:05).  4th place on the night for the ladies with another PB was our C Morgan, she stormed over the line in 27:25; while in 5th place F Fisk continued the fast times being set by the ladies.  E watts with a time of 27:55 placed 6th while V Wilson brought another PB to the table in 7th position (28:28).  V Wilson also managed to beat her other half, and I’m looking forward to watching the battle continue on the TT circuit between these two, Vikki has TT bragging rights in her household for the next fortnight!  5 more ladies raced their hearts out; J England; S Hall; B Hollis; C Doherty; C Orr and K Scutt; completing the racing for the ladies and setting a high standard.  Out of 13 ladies on the night, 6 recorded PBs.  For some of these ladies it was their first time racing and the efforts that they put in were captured visually by Nigel Pennington.  The ladies appeared to be having a great time and this reflected in each picture!  Great work ladies!

1st junior, placing 26th out of 43 racers and with another PB was owned by J Riby of Lincsquad.  Congratulations Jacob and we are looking forward to seeing how the series continues for you.

“Good morale in cycling comes from good legs” (Sean Yates).  Bearing this in mind, could doubling the number of legs on a bicycle increase the morale even further?  Last nights TT saw 2 tandems race, P and C Smart rode the first tandem (an Orbit Lightning) to victory in a time of 25:32, while P Chapill and teammate came 2nd on the night. Congratulations and it was great to watch the tandems in action.

Leading the men home on the night was R Walker of Scunthorpe Poly (21:08).  While Lincsquadders R Robinson 21:21 (PB) in 2nd place and B Creasy 21:41 (PB) completed the mens’podium.  10 more PBs were set amongst the men; worthy of mention were R Stenton of 53/11 and S Quirke of Lincsquad who share 5th overall places on the night with PB times of 22:47.  In the words of Chris McCormack “When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts.  That’s the hurt locker.  Winners love it in there”.  Hopefully in agreement with this statement as they also posted PBs were J Chambers; D Hepworth; R Butteril; S Wild; D Stow; S Wilson and M Austin.  It was a fantastic night for PBs and hopefully this great form will continue.

Every effort is made each TT race night to ensure the race goes ahead in as safe an environment as possible. An essential part of this are the marshalls, they make sure that riders know the race direction as well as being a visual sign to drivers that riders are on the road.  The marshalls pass on information which may be pertinent to riders’ results.  This is the 3rd time that Dave Gibbs has been reported for “drafting” Jacob Riby!  Only joking Dave, I just wanted to let you know that your efforts in supporting Jacob have not gone unnoticed and Lincsquad appreciate you giving up your time to ensure Jacob and our juniors’ safety on each race night.  Thanks again.

In summary, these valiant racers raced in sun and cloudy conditions, the met office recorded the temp as 18 degrees. The wind speed was 14mph with 21mph gusts.  Last week’s spot prize ( a rather lovely bobble hat) for having the best race face was won by Kevin Wilson of Racing Team Dawson (photo attached).  The raffle prize of 2 x cinema tickets (donated by Camilla Morgan) was won by Mark Turner.  Thanks as always to our race marshalls and timekeeping team.  Thanks to Rob for racer entries and Wayne Beedham for excellent last minute holding up duties which assisted Malcolm when the tandems were being started. Thanks to the King Billy pub for being excellent hosts.  Thanks also to Nigel Pennington for the fantastic action pictures.  Finally, please remember that if you are now inspired to take part in the Lincsquad TT series, that you must commit to marshall 1 round, (we need marshalls inclusive of and from round 7), be a Lincsquad member prior to round 5 and complete a minimum of 6 rounds to qualify for the series.  See you all soon.

Thank you

Results – click on link below

tt round 3

Pam (TT sec).

May 08

Coast 2 Coast Twice in 2 Months

On Wednesday 9th May Chris Spavin will be starting his coast to coast run in memory of his little boy Leo who the world lost to childhood cancer last September..

Chris, by his own admission will be running/jogging and at times even walking 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay over the 6 days. He will be following Wainwrights path, mainly trails, and isn’t very flat with 29135ft(8880m) of climbing.

Challenge 2 will be in June when Chris is joined by a team of British Steel colleagues will be cycling coast to coast from Seascale to Whitby 150 miles all in the same day. Another tough challenge with some steep climbs thrown in and around 4500m in total climbing and one which many Lincsquadders have completed or also be taking part in this year too.

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May 04

Duathlon results 2nd May

The conditions down on the Burringham bank where perfect, the sun shone, the temperature around the 22 degrees with not a site or sound of the wind. The bank it’s self-looked as close to Bowling green quality as we could get (thanks to Mr F for cutting the grass in the rain earlier that day) so we knew we were in for a great training race.

The mood was good until some of the front runners in this year’s series realised that once again Scunthorpe triathlons Secretary Jeff Chappill was getting his trusty stead from the back of his car and setting up in transition. They knew that he was just back from a training camp and was at his peak, they could tell from the trim figure and tone ab’s that the training had gone well. They knew after he destroyed the field last year over the same distance they had to bring their A game just to keep close to him.

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