This year’s annual awards evening and social at Elton Liberal Club was the most successful since the heady days of cycling in the 1960’s. It was boosted by it being a joint evening with Bolton Clarion. Club Chair Nick Hall opened proceedings and talked about the good things that have happened amongst club members during the past year such as Simon Yates winning the World’s Points Championship and performing so well in the Tour of Britain whilst brother Adam also had a successful season noting in particular his second place in the Tour L’Avinir. They are now with the professional Orica Greenedge team and we expect them to progress to ever-greater heights.
On then to a most splendid buffet prepared by Lindsey Williams – I know that neither Sylvia nor myself have never seen or enjoyed such appetizing buffet fare. On then to Nick welcoming our guest of honour Peter Boyd, former national tandem sprint champion and Commonwealth Games participant. Peter flattered us with his having done some research into our histories noting that Bolton Clarion (1896) was slightly older than Bury (1901) remarking it was good to see that ‘some of the founders were with us for the evening’s celebration’.
Bolton’s awards winners introduced by Tony Bowles for presentation by our guest of honour followed and then Bob Duckworth introduced Bury’s winners. Nick Hall won the 25, 50, Tens and Best All Rounder Championships. Other championship winners were Chris Taylor, Hill Climb and Nigel Hood, Handicap. Ryan Harrison was presented with a citation relating to his contribution to the development of our club, Liam Shaw a certificate for his setting up a new juvenile record for the ascent of the Rake in the Lancashire Road Club Hill Climb and Nick Hall a certificate for his beating of the club 50-mile record.
An important aspect of our awards evening is the presentation of personal best certificates as not all can aspire to winning club championship. Jon Longworth was the only one to receive this kind of certificate for a personal best at 25 miles. A nice touch was that I was presented with a certificate relating to my 1963 time on the Rake, which must be beaten by any contender before they can claim the record for a senior rider.
Club stalwart Andy Horner missed out on any club championship but it was pleasing that he won our recent club short distance time trial and was presented with a bottle of ‘Fairtrade’ wine. It would be pleasing for Andy to have got the better of Nick Hall who took second place for another bottle of Fairtrade wine. There was a great deal of camaraderie on the evening and Bob Duckworth had gone to great trouble in preparing an amusing ‘cycle’ racing game.