2012 NBRC Hillclimb Championship - Results

Pos No Name Club Time Cat
1 5 Anthony Batt NBRC 2-09.2 S
2 3 Richard Golding www.twenty3c.co.uk 2-09.5 V43
3 4 Nathan Thomas NBRC 2-10.0 S
4 7 Gavin Old www.twenty3c.co.uk 2-16.1 V41
5 6 Darren Oldroyd NBRC 2-48.9 V45

 See also the regular report.

Forthcoming Events

Monday 10th Dec 7.30pm for 8pm at Harley Hall

The first of the new monthly open (committee) meetings will be a “Mulled Wine and Mince Pies” evening at the clubroom (bring your own heater), and will incorporate the end of the season prize giving. Come along and get your medal and possibly a silver trophy or congratulate those who have won one (or two or three!).

Robert will demonstrate some new pages on the club website available to NBRC members only. 

Tuesday 1st January 2013

Blow off at least some of the Christmas calories! The New Years Day 10 mile TT will be held on the Stoke Hammond Bypass course start time 9am. Watch the website for more details through the festive season

News Item 

“An Evening with Ian Stannard” recently attracted nearly 200 guests at the Jurys Inn. Phil Corley and Dick Selley hosted the MKCA event and Bryan S, Ron Day, Darren, Russell, Chris and Jennie and Jeff Hathaway were present. It turned out to be a good evening. Tony Farmborough couldn’t come as he was riding in the Ghent 6 Day (or riding to it, or watching it or something).


Stuart Eccles made a brave start to the season competing at the Bowl and Hemel Hempstead before sickness and family commitments overtook him. We look forward to his return to the mud soon, if any club members fancy a go at this discipline please ring Stuart or Dick Selley (Stuart’s manager, carer and coach).


Last Sunday the club-run went to The Barn. Eight members rode along with friends from Team MK.  An icy start this week may have deterred some people, I know a few went out later, solo...a hint from Twitter was that one intrepid club rider knocked out 62 icy miles.

Club Photo  

As decided at the AGM we are keen to do this before Christmas and get as many members in club kit recorded for posterity Date, time and venue to be announced soon

New Committee for 2013

President Goz Goodman 
Chairman Bryan Scarborough
Secretary Stephanie Cousins 
Vice Chairman Rob Saunders
Treasurer John Reed 
Club Captain Chris Selley
Road Race Sec Gordon Batcock 
TT Sec Steve Abraham
Clothing Sec Nathan Thomas 
Press Sec Dick Selley
Webmaster Rob Saunders

Back page......”A ride by a member”  

Bucks Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride 2012

Many Thanks to all my sponsors whose combined contributions totalled £250, half of which will come back to Freeman, plus a proportion of the Gift Aid from the taxman.

As I decided to ”do it differently” this year I found myself riding only with my neighbour Bob who was collecting for Simpson Church, Ian and Sue's previous church. We had looked at the map and thought that the Buckingham Deanery area looked interesting.

On the day, after fixing the list to the Freeman door, with a pen dangling nearby, we signed in as the first visitors and set off for St Marys and St Andrews. Newton Longville was next where we added an extra church to the list, informing the bemused cleaners that they should join in despite being a relatively young church. On through the Horwoods and cross country to Adstock where we found the oldest church on our journey, the first rector was listed as 1221, amazing. I am planning to record and display all of our Freeman ministers for posterity following Tony Jones’ research and Ernie Allen's memories which go back a long timel I have told Beatrice she will be at the bottom of the list, but she said she didn't mind.

On through Padbury, Gawcott and Tlngewick, places often visited by the local cycling clubs on their training rides, we decided that Finmere would be "a step too far” and aimed instead for Water Stratford and Dadford. This gave us a back-door access to Stowe and after watching a rugby match for a while and questioning various locals we eventually found the estate church hidden away in the trees. We were invited to view the "Whistler Window" which was beautiful, engraved glass and their treasure. Whilst there we were accosted by an elderly gentleman who Informed us that despite his advanced age (80 years), he had been out on his bike that morning and also that he did the Sponsored Churches Ride himseifa few years ago. He amazed us by claiming to have raised £750 on that ride, I suspect that the fact that he was a Mason and no doubt had many well-heeled friends and associates may have helped. We pedalled through the park to the entrance/exit to be challenged by a bumptious official who told us No you cannot cycle through the park, you must cycle round the cycle trail. Hang on said I, we are on the Historic Churches Ride and we have just visited your historic church, this did not seem to make any difference to his opinion of us, nor did the news that i was a National Trust member, we were inevitably "Thrown Out". This was the highlight of our tour. Stowe is well worth a visit if you have not already been there.

Down to Chackmore where we found the church had been converted to a residence, as had Foscote. A stretch of mainroad followed before we reached Thornborough, then Nash, Whaddon and our last church was the minute St Giles at Tattenhoe on the edge of Howe Park Wood.

So another year's ride was completed and back at church I collected the money and promises from absent members of the Freeman Flyers that they will get fit and ride next year. OK, I live in hope!!! Claydon Deanery next year?

Dick Selley (OCR'd from a scan by Robert, who accepts responsibility for any typos!)