West Surrey District Association of the CTC

Annual Report for the year 2002

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The West Surrey DA has 1062 CTC members within its boundary.  Throughout the year the DA organises weekly runs, events and publishes a quarterly magazine (with a circulation of 140 copies) - The West Surrey Cyclist - available by post, from club officials or at local cycle shops.  500 copies of the DA runs list are produced each quarter.  It is distributed with the DA magazine and also published on the DA web site @ www.westsurreyctcda.org.uk .  An exhibition display stand has been produced this year with photographs, maps and literature about the CTC and our DA.  The display has been used to effect during Bike Week in Woking town centre, Car Free Day in Guildford and a family cycle day in Ash.  All runs groups have remained active throughout the year and weekend and week touring events have been held to the Forest of Dean and Europe.

Organisation and Officers:

President Les Houlton
Chairman Peter Clint
Secretary Derek Tanner
Treasurer Phil Hamilton
Runs SecretaryTom Hargreaves
Magazine EditorGeoff Smith
Keith Chesterton
Peter Clint
Peter Fennemore
David Nightingale
Geoff Smith
Non Committee Officers
Keith ChestertonArchivist
Rowland Masset Auditor
Vice Presidents   George Alesbury Chris Jeggo
Roy Banks David Nightingale Harold Coleman

The DA is organised into Runs groups which meet Wednesdays and Sundays at points around the area.

The Sundayrider (previously the Hardrider) Group continues to be led by Tom Hargreaves and has met on 46 Sundays this year with an average of 5 riders from a group of 18 members.  Rides covered the DA area and excursions as far as the Test Valley, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The Intermediate group have been headed up by Trevor Strudwick and Chas Green who between them have led rides at least fortnightly with an average attendance of 4 riders covering 50 - 60 miles through especially scenic areas out and beyond the DA boundary.

The Wayfarer groups meet Sundays and Wednesdays.  The Woking group meets outside the post office every Sunday with a steady core of over ten riders.  The Guildford & Godalming group has been led this year by Peter Fennemore and follows the popular half-day format set up by Hilary Stephenson in previous years.  It meets first and third Sundays of the month with typically 2 - 6 riders.  The most popular in terms of total riders is the Midweek group.  Led by Anke Blackburn / Jim Cheatham & Rico Signore it meets at various locations around Woking.  The average attendance is about 20 (with a highest attendance of 30) drawn from a total of 56 recorded members.  The “Paragon Lunch Group” continues to be very popular, as it allows midweekers of all ages to make their way to the designated pub for a sociable lunchtime gathering.  Train-assisted rides continued this year with mixed fortunes due to the weather.

The Cycle Rights Network (Farnham) (CRN) Group has been led this year by Simon & Barbara Scoble and organizes rides on the second Sunday of each month starting from the Maltings in Farnham.  Attendance is generally more than 10 riders.  The group also runs evening rides monthly in the summer and has held a summer BBQ and 2 YHA-based weekends to Portland and Milton Keynes.  The group are also active campaigners with 4 members on the Waverley Borough Council Cycling Forum.

Events and Awards:

The DA organised six events this year that contributed to the Benstead Cup / AUDAX / DATC Events 2001.  A total of 56 people from the DA took part in one or more of these events this year.  This number is 20% up on last year’s figures.

Event Date Riders
West Surrey Others Total
Scorathon (Treasure Hunt) 27 April 7   7
50 mile Reliability 12 May 25   25
Stonehenge/Danebury 09 June 13 44 57
Rough Stuff Events 14 July 6 6 12
Tour of the Hills / Greensand 18 August 14 148 162
Tricyclathon 29 September 8 2 10

Keith Chesterton organized another excellent Scorathon (Treasure Hunt) in April.  Unfortunately the turnout was lower than expected for a second year.  The long-running early-season Reliability Ride continues to be the most popular event for riders within the district.  The route from either Woking or Godalming finishes at lunchtime in a pub in Holmbury St Mary, which may explain the event’s appeal.  This year was notable in that some riders experienced a rain shower en route.  Although slightly down on numbers this year, the two most popular events were, as in the past, the Tour of the Hills and the Stonehenge/Danebury.  It was the turn this year for the Stonehenge / Danebury event to be marred by unseasonable weather.  This year also saw the introduction of the Greensands (50km non-Audax) route.  Run concurrently with the Tour of the Hills it attracted 26 riders.  Attendance at the Rough Stuff (Offroad) event did not reach pre foot and mouth levels.  The Tricyclathon which rounds off the season with a social / competitive event once again only just reached qualifying numbers.

The Benstead Cup was awarded for all round attendance at DA events this year to Tom Hargreaves.  Other members also qualified for awards as follows

Benstead CupTom Hargreaves
Benstead Cup - Runner UpDerek Tanner
Ladies Benstead Shield Anne Tanner
Bernard Howell Trophy -
(Highest Placed Veteran)
Don Jones
Bill Inder Sunday AttendanceTom Hargreaves
George Alesbury Tankard -
(Midweek Wayfarers Attendance)
Jean Tedder
The Bert Bartholomew TrophyRoy Banks
Not Awarded
Junior Benstead Cup - 
Junior Attendance Cup - 
The Keith Parfitt
Memorial Trophy

Members qualifying for DA Badges this year were

Gold Derek Tanner, Anne Tanner
Silver None awarded
Bronze  Mark Waters, Roy Banks, Mary Clarke, Tom Hargreaves.


The DA has been active in supporting the South East region and has undertaken to coordinate the 125 Birthday Round-Region Ride.  Representatives from the DA support each of the newly formed local council cycle forums in the area.


Peter Clint and Peter Fennemore were newly elected and co-opted respectively on to the committee this year and the full committee intend to stand for another term in office.  This puts the DA in a strong position to build on the experience gained for a successful year in 2003.  This is especially important as the DA looks forward to celebrating its 75 years since formation.  The committee would like to thank all the organizers, helpers and supporters of all this year’s events.

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