West Surrey District Association of the CTC

Annual Report for the year 2004

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The West Surrey DA has 1097 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 .  All runs groups have remained active throughout the year.  Week-long touring events have been to Europe.

Officers and Committee:

President Roy Banks
Chairman Peter Clint
Secretary Richard Ellis
Treasurer Tim Bar
Runs SecretaryBob McLeod
Committee Members
Geoff Smith
Anne Etherington
Keith Chesterton
Edwina Roberts
Jeff Banks
Wally Happy
Other Posts
Magazine EditorGeoff Smith
Archivist Keith Chesterton
Auditor Rowland Masset
Vice Presidents Harold Coleman George Alesbury Chris Jeggo
Clive Richardson    

Runs Groups:

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

The Sunday Riders Group is run by Clive Richardson with rides covering the DA area and excursions to Sussex, Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The Woking Wayfarers Group on Sundays provides half-day rides from Woking to coffee every week at a leisurely pace, with higher-paced Intermediate half- or full-day rides on an ad hoc basis.

Additionally, the Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers run half-day fortnightly rides led by Peter Fennemore from either CTC HQ in Farncombe or Guildford Library.

The Farnham CRN (Cycle Rights Network) continue to run Sunday monthly rides from the Farnham Maltings under the continuing leadership of Liz Palethorpe.

The above Sunday rides continue to be popular, and have attracted a number of newcomers.

During the year we lost the valuable services of Tom Hargreaves, who ran many events as well as running the Sunday Riders group and setting up and running the DA website.  (Tom has emigrated.)  We also lost the contribution made by Trevor Strudwick, a loyal supporter of the DA and Sunday Intermediate rides leader, who has migrated to Wales.

The Midweek Wayfarer Group continues to be most popular with regular turn-outs of up to 30 riders, divided between faster, intermediate and slower paced riders.  The published coffee stop is a popular point for riders to join from the DA margins.  The group continues to follow the popular half-day to full-day ride format.  Rico Signore continues to lead the faster group with customary assurance, whilst responsibility for leading the other groups has varied during the year.

The “Paragon Lunch Group” continues to be very popular.  Originally instigated to allow riders of all abilities to make their way to a common lunch point, the group often consists of a group ride of agreeable distance from coffee to lunch.  Train-assisted rides have continued to provide a welcome ride in the relatively quiet lanes of Hampshire and Sussex.

Social Events

Following the format of the previous year, the “Christmas” social meeting was held in early January at the Black Swan (Mucky Duck) in Martyrs Green.  The luncheon event was again very successful, attracting over 30 members/spouses/partners.

Encouraged by this response, Peter Clint organised a mid-summer (July) social get-together of all Sunday riders with the bonus of a photo recording of the riders wearing their new West Surrey branded cycle shirts.  This was later used in local press publicity.

The final social event of the year was a “Real Ale Train ride” held in late August and organised by Geoff Smith (Committee member).  This was combined with a short but informative bike ride organised by Chas Green, followed by a return trip from Alton to Alresford with supper.


The DA organised six events this year that contributed to the Benstead Cup / AUDAX / DATC Events 2004.  A total of ?? different people from the DA took part in one or more of these events this year.  This number is similar to the levels of support over the last 4 years.  The total number of riders for all events is ??, which has grown due to support for the DA’s most popular events.

Event Date Riders
West Surrey Others Total
Stonehenge/Danebury 28 March      
50 mile Reliability 25 April 30 3 33
Scorathon (Treasure Hunt) 16 May      
Rough Stuff Events 11 July 3 0 3
Tour of the Hills / Greensand 15 August      
Tricyclathon 26 September      

The Stonehenge/Danebury event organised by Mark Waters was held in March.

The Reliability Ride organised by Phil Hamilton continues to be the most popular event for riders within the district.

Keith Chesterton organised another Scorathon (Treasure Hunt) in May, but it was poorly supported this year and may not be continued.

The Tour of the Hills / Greensands (100km Audax and 50km non-Audax) was superbly organized by Bob McLeod with an experienced team of helpers (Roger Philo, Peter Clint, Chris Jeggo, Don Jones, Ian McGregor, Jeff Banks, Tim Bar) plus hospitality/catering on the day provided by Pauline McLeod.

This event proved to be oversubscribed on the day.  Many plaudits were received from the riders - mostly non-DA members - for the way this event was run.

The Tricyclathon which rounds off the season with a social / competitive event was held at the Seale Craft Centre over a Sunday morning in September.  The format is to be repeated next year as all participants enjoyed the event in the way it was held this year.  Thanks to Don Jones for organising and officiating on the day.

Outside Events

The DA has continued to support local charity rides, including the Woking Bikeathon (May), the Make-a-Wish ride - Camberley to Portsmouth - and the Woking Hospice ride (both September), providing publicity and riders from the DA.

A number of West Surrey riders also took part in the Phil Hampton memorial ride (March) organised by the North Hampshire DA.  This may now become an annual ride to support the Rights of Cyclists.

Disappointingly the DA did not participate in the Bike Week promotion in June, though Derek Tanner ran a well supported mid-week ride in the Windsor Park area.


The Benstead Cup was awarded this year for all-round attendance at DA events and club rides.  Other members also qualified for awards as follows:
Benstead CupDon Jones
Benstead Cup - Runner UpClive Richardson
Ladies Benstead ShieldAnne Etherington
Bernard Howell Trophy -
(Highest Placed Veteran)
Don Jones
Bill Inder Sunday Attendance Clive Richardson
George Alesbury Tankard -
(Midweek Wayfarers Attendance)
Anne Etherington
The Bert Bartholomew TrophyRoy Banks
Not Awarded
Junior Benstead Cup - 
Junior Attendance Cup - 
The Keith Parfitt
Memorial Trophy

Members awarded DA Medals this year were:

1st    Clive Richardson
2nd    Geoff Smith Jnr
3rd    Anne Etherington
Senior 1st    Don Jones
Senior 2nd    Rico Signore
Senior 3rd    Ian McGregor


Peter Clint has worked hard over the year attempting to assist and influence local authorities to improve their cycling facilities.  In Woking, he has helped with auditing 12 different routes into the town, for which signage has now begun, and other benefits will follow including publishing route maps and guided rides in April 2005.

Both Central Government and Surrey County Council are making funds available to encourage more people to cycle and reduce the volume of local car journeys.

Peter represents the DA on Cycling Forums in Runnymede and Elmbridge as well as Woking, and has promoted the idea of cross-boundary routes among these councils - and as a consequence helped in the design and execution of an almost all off-road route between Woking and Chertsey - giving access to St Peter’s Hospital in both directions.

Other (committee) members, notably Geoff Smith, Derek Tanner, Bob McLeod, Keith Chesterton and Bill Thompson are also known to actively campaign on “Right to Ride”, attending council meetings.

Club Shirts

After many years of discussion, the new club shirt is now a reality - with more than 50 being sold to date.  The newly designed shirt has proved to be very popular - and as a consequence has helped to promote the DA - resulting in a number of enquiries.

Samples of winter wear shirts will be on display at this meeting.

Peter Clint is to be congratulated for organising the design, supply, promotion and sales of these shirts.


Bob McLeod (Runs Secretary), Tim Bar (Treasurer), Richard Ellis (DA Secretary), Wally Happy and Anne Etherington joined the committee this year.

Due to pressure of other DA work and commitments, Peter Clint has resigned from the committee.  Also Jeff Banks, Anne Etherington, Wally Happy and Keith Chesterton have decided to resign from the committee at the end of the 2003/4.  In addition Richard Ellis had resigned at the end of September due to committee communication difficulties and personal reasons.  In view of her move to Derbyshire earlier in the year, Edwina Roberts also resigned from the committee.

Despite these problems, the committee believes that much has been achieved during the present year - especially the introduction of the club shirt, the maintenance of the popular club rides and their modification to suit members, the running of mainly successful DA events as well as the social events.

It is felt that in future a smaller committee with key members can continue to make progress, using the contributions of other members to continue work outside the committee (club shirts;  Right to Ride activities;  runs/support major events).

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