Record-breaking Waddington stars at PNE awards bash

Andrew Waddington, left, with Martin Richardson, of South Downs Bikes. Picture: Dave Swaffer
Andrew Waddington, left, with Martin Richardson, of South Downs Bikes. Picture: Dave Swaffer
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Andrew Waddington stole the show as Portsmouth North End (PNE) celebrated another memorable season.

Waddington was awarded the Barnsdale Memorial Trophy at the club’s annual awards ceremony.

PNE's young talents with Martin Richardson, of South Downs Bikes. Picture: Dave Swaffer

PNE's young talents with Martin Richardson, of South Downs Bikes. Picture: Dave Swaffer

The gong recognises the most meritorious performance by a PNE member during the past year.

And after breaking the club’s long-standing 12hr time trial record – with an effort of 262.53miles, the honour was well deserved.

Waddington’s silverware came with a cheque for £100, which he donated to charity.

PNE welcomed guest speaker Martin Richardson, the managing director of South Downs Bikes, to their awards evening at Victory Bowling Club.

Richardson, who has recently opened a new shop in Cosham, also presented the awards as the club’s leading lights were recognised for their efforts in the saddle.

There were rewards for competitors in massed start road races.

Tom Morris took the Johnny Dykes Trophy and Freya Richardson landed the Martin Family Cup.

The coveted Ern Chatfield Memorial Hill Climb Shield was won by Jamie Donovan in impressive style after he romped up the Portsdown Hill course in 4min 10sec.

There were lots of youth trophies.

And with each of the club’s young guns receiving a team medal, it is hoped they will continue to deliver great performances next year and beyond.

Finally, Elliot Cox was awarded the JS Dykes Bowl for his performances in track racing over the past season.

Owen Giles, who is often seen racing wheel-to-wheel with Cox, was handed the Special Recognition award for his efforts in raising the club’s profile at races in 2015.

Visit pnecc.net for more details on the club.