Gorton times it perfectly
LAST Sunday the North Lancs Time Trial Association organised their Combined Clubs 25 mile Time Trial event, which is also the event which determines the East Lancs RC 25 m TT Champion for 2017.
The course was the N2528 starting on the A6 near Garstang, this course is a circuit also taking in the lanes around Nateby, Cartford Bridge, and St Michael’s on Wyre. The weather was fine and the only risk for the riders were the potholes on the lanes.
The East Lancs RC riders taking part recorded the following times; Joe Cooke, 1hr 9:23mins in his first 25m TT; Nigel Suter, 1hr 12:01mins in his first 25m TT; Pat Cooke, 1hr 6:32mins in his first 25m TT; Shaun Leonard, 1hr 1:49 mins; Sam Wilson, 1hr 7:48mins; and Andy Gorton, 1hr 0:48mins.
So for the third time in four years, Andy Gorton deservedly took the club’s honours with a great time, but he was pushed very close by Shaun Leonard who bettered his personal best by several minutes with a determined ride.
Shaun was 30 seconds in front at 14 miles but Andy managed to keep his effort going as Shaun faded a little in the final third of the TT.
●●Wardle Sunday League Football Club have been kitted out for those cold winter mornings thanks to Paul Whitham of Empire Rochdale, who has sponsored the purchase of tracksuits for the squad. Club spokesman John O’Donovan said: “It is a huge help when local businesses help out the local teams. We have lost and are still losing good teams due to funding and keeping up with the rising cost of running a Sunday league club. We have already lost the Saturday league and I fear the Sunday league is going the same way, so I urge local businesses to please help your local teams to keep the Rochdale Sunday league alive.”
●●Andy Gorton ELRC 2017 25m TT Champion