Gor­ton times it per­fectly

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

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

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