Fareham Wheelers ace clocks sizzling time in triumph

Paul Ashley on his way to time trial glory. Picture: Rob Atkins
Paul Ashley on his way to time trial glory. Picture: Rob Atkins
Kirsty McSeveney, second left. Picture: Habibur Rahman (171049-37)

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Paul Ashley was in red-hot form as he dominated the latest Portsmouth North End (PNE) time trial contest on Thursday night.

The Fareham Wheelers star stopped the clock in 35min 35sec to seal glory on the 15-mile P823 course.

It was a personal best on the circuit for the brilliant Ashley, who relegated PNE’s own Nick Andrews (36.42) to second spot.

Portsdown Hill’s Colin Dixon (37.00) completed the podium positions.

A total of 26 riders signed on at the Wickham Community Centre.

And they were met by balmy conditions as they set out to tackle the well-known loop, which starts and finishes in Wickham Common.

The riders wound their way along the lanes to Newtown, Soberton Heath and Brockbridge – before joining the A32 to head back towards Wickham.

They then turned back on to Southwick Road to empty the tank.

Promising PNE talent Rob Panter grabbed fourth position after recording a time of 37.53.

He was just seven seconds in front of another hot prospect, Chris Ewing, of Fareham Wheelers.

Paul Morris finished sixth in 38.22, meanwhile Tom Goodyer (39.08), Mark Capocci (39.21), Doug Tandy (39.52) and Phill Chinn (39.55) all dived under the 40-minute mark to close out the top 10.

Yvonne Frampton was the top lady on the course as she clocked 45.41.

Fareham Wheelers will host a 10-mile test on the P829 course this Thursday, with sign on from 6.15pm at Wickham Community Centre.