West Surrey CTC Newsletter No. 23 - September/October 1981

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"SUPER GRANDPA" - must be the way to describe a proud grandfather who rode the West Surrey SUPER GRIMPEUR well within the 5hr schedule and then took off to ride to Worthing! Many lesser mortals climbed into their cars and drove home but not GORDON APPLEBY. The event was a great success for organiser RAY CRAIG with 57 starters and 44 finishers, amongst whom were West Surrey members Ray Craig, Simon Doughty, Gordon Appleby, Tim Staton, Harold Coleman, Graham Richardson, Alan Wey and Eric Parr inside 5hrs; Dave Wey inside 7hrs and Clive Paxman completing 4 laps(full course 6 laps) inside 3½hrs as a junior. THURSDAY NIGHTER Paddy Shea made a brave attempt at this testing event(62½ml & 7,800ft of climbing) completing five laps but with insufficient time to complete the last.

The D.A. 100 MILE RELIABILITY RIDE on July 7th was very well supported with 26 entries including riders from Haselmere C.C. and the Weybridge Wheelers. Seven finished within 7hrs, five in 8hrs and 9 in 9hrs. Three LOVELY LADIES rode and qualified for certificates.

Current positions in the Benstead Cup Competition are 1st Russ Mantle 222pts, 2nd Harold Coleman 22Opts, 3rd K. Williams 213, C. Seymour 185.

The last of the events counting towards the Benstead Cup are the HILLCLIMB and the FREEWHEELING on October 11th. After that it is attendance points which will decide the final placings - you have until the last ride in September to gain a few more. Present positions in the ATTENDANCE COMPETITION are:- Inder 124pt, Mantle 109, Parfitt 108. JUNIOR ATTENDANCE:- S. Pack 82, Barnes 69, Paxman 54.

West Surrey's latest AUDAX EVENT was the 400km ride over 8/9th August, based on Aldershot and Salisbury. Organised again by Ray Craig it attracted 21 riders of whom 17 finished. Three West Surrey riders started but only two finished - poor GORDON APPLEBY fell when pulling up on a greasy surface. He was put back on his bike and attempted to ride painfully on but had to give up a short way down the road and was taken to hospital where a serious break was discovered and Gordon finished with part of his hip joint replaced. Gordon is home now and mending well but would be pleased to hear from any of his friends - he was delighted that so many visited him at Guildford Hospital.

WEST SURREY D.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Sunday 8th Nov., St Augustines Church Hall, Addlestone - after another 'ADDLESTONE TEA'. Please attend to elect your D.A. officials for the coming year and to voice your recommendations and criticisms. To ensure that the people of your choice are elected:- 1. Check that they are willing to stand 2. Complete a Nomination Form and get it to D.A. Secretary Kath Parfitt by lst November. 3. Attend the meeting and vote. Nomination Forms will be available during October from Committee members. Present D.A. officials are:- President - Bill Inder, Hon Sec - Kath Parfitt, Hon Treasurer - George Alesbury, Runs Sec - Russ Mantle, Committee Members - Harold Coleman, Keith Parfitt, Les Moss and Gillian Smith.

Don't forget the D.A. ANNUAL DINNER, SOCIAL AND PRIZE GIVING at the Cotteridge Hotel, Woking Saturday 28th Nov. Another great occasion is being planned with no expense spared - Guest Speaker CTC NATIONAL SECRETARY ALAN LENG! Come along, bring your wife/girl friend(or some one elses); enjoy good food and wine, cross-toasting, witty speaches, dancing for all tastes and some UNUSUAL PARTY GAMES.
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Saturday 14th Nov Guildford Rowing Club 7pm. Entries must be handed to Russ Mantle by 25th Oct, entry fee 5p per slide, maximum entry per person - 4 slides per category. Categories:- 1. Land and Seascape. 2. Clublife. 3. General. For our more diffident photographers there is the NOVICES CATEGORY, any subject, for those previously not placed in the competition. Do enter and do come along. 

FAMILY BIKE RIDES are being organised by Chris Jeggo on 6th Sept and 4th Oct. Start 1O.45am Farnborough Clock House. Destination Sept - Tilford/Frensham, Oct Windsor Great Park. Distance about 30mls. 

Brand new DAWES GALAXY, 23½" frame, D.B. 531, 10 gears, lights, Karrimoor saddlebag Madison G11 saddle, £160. C.P.G. Webb, 39 Honeyhill Rd, Bracknell(tel 54868) 

Beware of Hamish Smith riding no-handed to test the steering of his new frame. Better still tell him that it is perfect and remove his doubts.

Simon's picture illustrates the end of my first ride on a Penny Farthing, after all of five feet!


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