Home club rider Carl Donaldson and visiting Gemma Frost (Team Swift) finished top male and female respectively in GS Metro’s 18-mile time trial in Northumberland on Sunday.
It was 37-year-old Donaldson’s return to competitive racing after suffering a pulmonary embolism 11 weeks ago.
Morpeth-based Donaldson alluded to the challenges he faced, saying: “The medication I’m taking means that I need to avoid crashing at all costs, so the rain wasn’t welcome. I took my time on the corners and just concentrated on keeping smooth and steady whilst keeping something back in the tank for the slog home in the wind and rain.”
His return started better than he could have hoped setting a course record time of 37-30 which stood the test of time against a strong field.
“I got back into training three weeks ago in preparation for a race I’ve targeted in late September. It’s been a bit of a slog, but I’m getting there slowly. I entered today’s unofficial memorial event to remember my former GS Metro Team-mate, Andy Mallen,
“I knew it was fast but didn’t think about the course record – I’m happy with that, and would like to thank everyone who marshalled and helped out in the awful weather,” said Donaldson.
GS Metro team-mate Adam Wild was his nearest rival, setting off as the penultimate rider, Wild pushed but 24 seconds was the closest he could get to Donaldson in 37-54.
Wild adds to his seven podiums of 2018, of which includes six wins.
22-year-old Thomas Hutchinson (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) capped off the podium places as he halted the stopwatches only 14 seconds adrift of Wild in 38-08.
Team Swift’s Gemma Frost won the women’s category as she went nearly two minutes ahead of the pack.
Frost’s time of 43-44 secured her ninth win of her 2018 campaign with her last win coming in last weekend’s Barnesbury CC 25-mile time trial.
The 25-year-old finished ahead of Blaydon CC pair Joanne Rea and Gemma Hutchins.
Second placed Rea finished in 45-33 whilst Hutchins posted a 46-34.
In other categories, Harry Walker’s (Revolver Racing) 38-49 was good enough to put him +9-38 up on standard to take the veteran’s prize.
Fastest roadman was Colin Humphrey (Derwentside CC) who crossed the line in 39.50 with Sarah Wilkinson (Cestria CC) was fastest woman in 49.34.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.
Position Name Club Gender Category Time
1 Carl Donaldson GS Metro Male Senior 37:30
2 Adam Wild GS Metro Male Espoir 37:54
3 Thomas Hutchinson Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Senior 38:08
4 Lewis Timmins Team Swift Male Senior 38:35
5 Harry Walker Revolver Racing Male Vet 38:49
6 Dan Meggison GS Metro Male Senior 39:24
7 Nick Badcock Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 39:37
8 Collin Humphrey Derwentside CC Male Vet 39:50
9 Ian Norris Blumilk.Com Male Vet 39:51
10 Ben Lane GS Metro Male Vet 40:03
11 David Nearney South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Senior 40:08
12 Philip Kennell Allen Valley Velo Male Vet 40:51
13 Hedley Fletcher Blaydon CC Male Vet 40:54
14 Fergus Robinson Allen Valley Velo Male Espoir 40:58
15 Julian Macbride Blaydon CC Male Senior 41:31
16 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 41:32
17 Mark Robertson Army Cycling Union Male Senior 41:40
18 Peter Herdman Blaydon CC Male Vet 41:42
19 Mark Strang Breeze Bikes RT Male Vet 41:43
20 Wayne Coates Derwentside CC Male Vet 42:02
21 Mark Herbert Derwentside CC Male Vet 42:16
22 Ian Taylor Blumilk.Com Male Vet 42:17
23 Jay Pitt Derwentside CC Male Senior 42:18
24 Ali Bailey GS Metro Male Senior 42:29
25 Marcus Cram Blaydon CC Male Senior 42:40
26 Scott Mccance Derwentside CC Male Senior 42:45
27 Damon Devine Reifen Racing Male Vet 43:00
28 Matthew Sutcliffe South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Vet 43:04
29 David Symes Blaydon CC Male Vet 43:06
30 Brian Johnson Reifen Racing Male Vet 43:13
31 Neil Wilkinson Cestria C.C. Male Vet 43:14
32 Mark Whaley Blaydon CC Male Vet 43:37
33 Gemma Frost Team Swift Female Senior 43:44
34 Michael Todd Derwentside CC Male Senior 43:55
35 David Swainson Derwentside CC Male Vet 44:10
36 James George Dunn South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Senior 44:38
37 Keith Davison Hadrian R.T Male Vet 44:57
38 Joanne Rea Blaydon CC Female Senior 45:33
39 Ian Gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 45:55
40 Neil Parkin Derwentside CC Male Vet 46:02
41 Gemma Hutchins Blaydon CC Female Senior 46:34
42 Jock Bolam Breeze Bikes RT Male Vet 46:37
43 Peter Chapman GS Metro Male Vet 46:40
44 Clive Horton Barnesbury CC Male Vet 46:57
45 Sara Cummings Blaydon CC Female Vet 47:07
46 Keith Sibbald Cramlington CC Male Vet 47:13
47 Sarah Wilkinson Cestria C.C. Female Vet 49:34
48 Richard Exley Gosforth RC Male Vet 49:37
49 Jen Mcmahon Muckle Cycle Club Female Senior 49:41
50 Paul Findlay GS Metro Male Vet 51:23
51 Rachel Walmsley Tyneside Vagabonds CC Female Vet 51:27
52 Rachel Galler Blaydon CC Female Senior 51:42
53 Jane Massey Cramlington CC Female Vet 54:02
54 Rhiannon Robinson Allen Valley Velo Female Vet 55:59
Nicola Mccoy Sporting Club Gothic Female Vet apol
Martin Rasmussen Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Vet apol
Gareth Davies Barnesbury CC Male Vet apol
Patrick Deane Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Vet apol
Dennis Fuller GS Metro Male Vet apol
Thomas Prentice GS Metro Male Junior apol
Hannah Baker North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior apol
Justine Norman Breeze Bikes RT Female Vet apol
Maddy Hall Breeze Bikes RT Female Juvenile apol
Danny Wilcox North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet apol
Sam Dodd Barnesbury CC Male Senior apol
Phil Hall Breeze Bikes RT Male Vet apol
Adam Wilson Cramlington CC Male Senior dnf
Ian Dick Derwentside CC Male Senior dnf
Russ Richardson Teesdale CRC Male Vet dns
Richard Cleathero North Racing Male Vet dns
Josh Craven Muckle Cycle Club Male Espoir dns
Peter Stokoe Sunderland Clarion Male Senior dns
Peter Mcewan Breeze Bikes RT Male Vet dns
Mark Tully Sunderland Clarion Male Senior dns
Andrew Thorp North Racing Male Senior dns
Stephen Locker VO2MAX Race Team Male Vet dns
Peter Mcglynn Allen Valley Velo Male Vet dns
Paul Rider Tyneside Vagabonds CC Male Vet dns
Paul Thirling Hartlepool CC Male Vet dns
Craig Fenwick Team Swift Male Vet dns
Sandy Cheung Reifen Racing Female Senior dns