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Please note that after due discussion among all those out today (7 October) it has been decided to replace the White Hart, Claygate on our rota with the Hawkenbury Inn, Hawkenbury, Nr Staplehurst. There has been a general feeling of unrest around & after having several WW speaking highly of the new pub, plus their willingness to take us on board, it has been arranged that we go there on 28th October for a trial run for both sides.

The next time we are due at Claygate would be 16 Dec but that slot has been filled by the Smarden Bell coming forward a week as they will not be able to take us on their normal date 23 Dec but can take us on 16th. In fact none of our pubs tried so far can offer us space on 23 Dec due to Special Christmas Lunches etc, so we have decided that we will cancel any official WW meet that day, as we are unable to say just who who will be out so close to Christmas Day.


Lunch and Prize Presentation

TrophyThe Lunch and Prize Presentation is on the 1 November, but there is still time to book. Please contact Ann Burden on 01233 640456 or email Ann. It is always great fun and an opportunityto meet up with old friends, and competitors. The lunch will be at Smarden Charter Hall, in Smarden Villageexternal web page

Geoff Bray Funeral

There will be a 'High Tea' after the funeral at the Spyglass & Kettle, 2 Woodside, Rainham. Directions will be available on the day. Donations to the British Heart Foundation may be made in Geoff's memory. A collection will be made at the funeral.

More news re Geoff Bray's funeral

Geoff's daughter invites you to a High Tea at the Spyglass & Kettle 2 Woodside, Rainham after the funeral.Directions will be given on the day. There will also be a colection for the British Heart Foundation at the funeral if you wish to donate in Geoff's memoty.


Geoff Bray's daughter has said that the funeral will be on October 16th at Bobbing.  3.00pm.


On a day that was as near perfect as we could wish for, this year’s ‘12’ saw some sterling performances recorded. The full result can be found on the results page.

MastersFor the first time for many years Wigmore CC failed to put up a team and on the day their second entry Clin Maisey pulled out because of Pearl’s illness. However, their lone rider, Richard Masters, came up trumps and emerged the winner with a strong 257 plus miles. Andy Miles was a rather unlucky second after breaking his chain on the Woodchurch circuit and Ian Sutton climbed to third place, improving on last year’s placing and mileage with 253.307. Altogether nine people topped 240 miles including team winners from the Rye Wheelers, David Wheeler (riding the event for the first time) and Barry Goodsell who added 18.79 to his personal best. The ladies winner and third man in the Rye team was Bronwen Ewing who finished well up the list with a breath-taking 224.216 miles and a nineteen mile improvement. Bronwen was after Barry’s club record but missed it by a whisker, next year should see an interesting battle if she goes for David Wheelers new figures! Reg Smith entered just in time and raced as usual for Demelza Children’s Hospice; Malcolm Adams also got sponsorship for the same cause from his family and friends. Paul Welch gave himself a 60th birthday treat ten years after he last rode in Kent. I’m sure his ex-clubmates from the Gravesend cheered him on his way.

Further down the list it was good to see Alec Mayes top 200 miles; the oldest competitor to finish – Bey Lainson from the Thornton R.C., achieved 156 miles. He was just beaten by a younger man, 75 year old Granville Bantick. I don’t think I’m exaggerating if I say that Rye Wheelers have done a lot to rejuvenate the 12 Hour, a few years ago an entry of 61 would have been unthinkable but their enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude during the past four years has done a lot to encourage others to have a go. Their support team was out in force again and the Rye ladies gave each competitor a rock star reception as they passed them on the finishing circuit.

As usual the event could not have gone ahead without the support of the many marshals and timekeepers who turned out. Ted Hill was first on duty taking charge of the signing on sheet at the hall then it was down to the start where Peter Stone and Paul Mepham were in charge. Brian Leaney made the long journey from Lewes to push off the fifty seven starters who next encountered Bob Burden at the end of Kiln Lane. Then following the signs put out by Tim & James Carpenter they made their way to Matalan roundabout turn where James was waiting for them, back to New Street Farm and Barney Carpenter; John Smith (West Kent RC) at the end of Magpie Lane; Maurice Carpenter, Kings North; Ann Burden at the slip road then Chris Rock & John Dumper at the Gemini’s now traditional spot at Cloverleaf and Ernie Mackey did the first stint at Brenzett. It was strange not to have a Mackey on the start sheet and both Ernie and David were rather wistful as they set off from the hall. However David did a very good job of looking after Derek Howlett, - sneaking off to Camber when Derek wanted to pack at the top of the bypass. At East Guldeford Gary Booth (Rye Wheelers) spent a happy hour before going home for a full English. Gordon Davies (Thornton RC) and Tony Farmer (Ashford Wheelers) completed the team on the Camber circuit. marshallBack to Brenzett where Brian Leaney & Maurice Carpenter had joined Ernie, and were then re-inforced by Mark Abela (Medway Velo). John Ashdown (Hastings & St.L) was at Appledore and Chris Parker ( H & St.L) at the end of the canal road and then Ros Harrow (Rye Wheelers) at the mini r.a.b. After completing the two circuits it was on to the Woodchurch loop, to be completed five times by the leading riders, as roadworks put the Tenterden circuit out of action.

Bob Giles (Rye) put in a couple of hours at the by-pass slip road before going off to work and was relieved by Derek Duchemin (Ashford) who in turn handed over to Gordon Sherwood (Hillingdon/Rye). Chris & Andy Burrows (Thanet RC) were at the top of the slip, a position taken over by Roy & Pam Manser (SFA) and later by Mark Abela (who you will remember has already appeared in this list). John Smith at Magpie Hall Lane, was given time off to stretch his legs and eat his sandwiches by Barney & James, and was later dispatched for a well earned rest by Keith Ray (Gravesend). Southborough Wheelers were responsible for Stubbs Cross all day, I saw Les & Diane Hayman and Geoff & Margaret Abraham during my travels and knew that Martin Yardley had volunteered his services before rushing off to a wedding. I’m sure I also saw David Parker & Drucie lurking under outsize sunhats and I guess that Ian Turner featured at some time during the day. Brian Whitehouse was around and he took a turn also. Further down the road at Woodchurch Mark Vowells (SFA & T.A.), Alan Francis and then Mike Hayler (Brighton Mitre) were at the rather odd T junction. Jim Davey and friends were at the boarded up Stilebridge Inn and were joined later by Ann Burden. I’m not sure if they let Ann have a turn at marshalling or not but it was a very cheerful spot to be and I had to force myself away to find a pub that was open. I knew the King’s Head in Shadoxhurst would probably be playing host to some of my clubmates so made my way there. Imagine my delight when I saw Gwyneth Holland in the car park waiting for Peter. She refused an invitation to join the rest of us at the table wanting a little quiet time. Meanwhile Chris Parker had handed over to Terry & Jenny Fearn (Thanet RC) at Brenzett and was making his way to the circuit where he was marshalling at New Street Farm. Roger & Jean Travers (Wigmore CC) and Len & Therese Mason (SFA) joined the S’boro for the final hours on the finishing circuit. The timekeepers were Pat &Ted Hill (SFA and Finsbury Park) Alan Koolman (West Kent), Ian & Clarice Masterson (CC Bexley), Warwick Dunford (S’boro) and Paul Mepham (VC Elan). They were joined by Ernie Mackey who had finished his traffic count duties just in time to help for the end of the event. Ann Heasman organised the CC Bexley feeding station before going off with Brian to help Malcolm Strickland and last but certainly not least, Roger Bunnett (CC Bexley) delighted his fans once again with his motor cycle skills as he rode at the back of the field keeping an eye on the riders.

Back at the hall Maurice had teamed up with Ann Burden to provide refreshments. Ann has recently retired from her job which entailed dealing with elderly people. Her skills were tested, and she passed with flying colours, as I had left the cakes at home and Maurice only had sausage rolls to offer. Instead of the cries of despair and condemnation, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, that would normally meet me in that situation all was calm and efficient in the kitchen. Jackie Macnay was busy with her bodies on the massage table and Tim, James & Barney picked up the last of the signs, and it seemed that once again the KCA had completed a successful day.

The only regrets that we had were the absence of old friends, notably Dave Saffrey who had died a fortnight before. Dave was a faithful and long standing supporter of the event. Geoff Bray, although suffering the effects of his recent illness, was able to join us for a while and we were pleased to see him. Vic Williams had a happier reason for absence as he was attending a Golden Wedding celebration.

We will let you know what is happening next year when news comes through but hope that you will be able to turn out once again, Thank you.



Please note that we have replaced Mundy Bois with the Smarden Bell due to difficulties getting in touch with MB to confirm our arrival each time. This eventually resulted in a big crowd of thirsty & hungry cyclists arriving to find no chef due for ½ hour (plus cooking time) as they had us down for the following week.So we all made for the nearest hostelry, the Bell, who coped so well with the sudden onslaught, with good humour & food etc that we decided to book them officially.Open 11am, cooking 12-2.30, good bar menu, good gardens, plenty car parking. Look in on landlady Karen even if you only want a coffee. Pat Hill


Wigmore Cycling Club 34th Annual Open Hill Climb

(incorporating the Kent Cycling Association Championship)

Sunday 4th October
 Course QHC/11
 Hollingbourne Hill.

Over £400 in Prizes

1st place £50 with awards down to l0th place.
1st Vet £20 awards down to 4th place
Fastest Lady, Espoir, Junior and Juvenile £10 each.
 Fastest Team of 3 riders £10 each.
20th place and every 10th place thereafter £5 each.
 A 6" Plaque will be awarded to the fastest Kent C.A. affiliated rider.

£50 to the Winner if  Course Record is broken.
 (currently held by Rafal Radziej 3-01.7)

Entry Fee is £7-50. Cheques  should  be made payable to D. Laidlow and  sent along with CTT Hill Climb Entry Form pdf documentto:

Doug Laidlow, 17 Fen Road, Little Hale, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. NG34 9BD. Tele: (01529) 461018.


I am very very sorry that the site has been unavailable since the 3 August. The site was suspended by the company that host it because we exceeded our permitted "bandwidth". We are restricted to 100mb per month of data we can download from their computer. With a normal page size of around 10kb that should be ample!

Unfortunately I did not take account of the size of the the 12 hour start sheet, which was quite a large file. The system shut down on Sunday when the 188th person attempted to download the start sheet.

I have upgraded the hosting service so we are now limited to 500mb a month. Hopefully that should be sufficient,especially if I am careful about producing smaller pdf files.

Once again apologies to you all, and I am sorry f it caused any problems.


KCA 12 Hour Start Sheet

The KCA 12 Hour start sheet is now available to download here (800k) pdf document. It includes the revised course details. Good luck to all those who are riding.