Comben claims Wheelers’ 25-mile title with close win

Tom Comben

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Bourne Wheeler Tom Comben won a very closely-fought club 25-mile title on Tuesday night, edging out Jason Burrill by three seconds, with a winning time of 58:55.

Comben’s winning ride came on the back of some eye-catching performances, including an almost perfect record in the club’s evening 10 league competition, which he has all but sewn up, with five rounds still to go and a fine third place in the final round of the Hereward League last week.

The club championship was incorporated into the Inter Club race on the Donnington-Sleaford course, where riders representing, Bourne, Spalding, Sleaford and Boston took part.

Third on the night was Mark Robinson whose time of 61:50, when added to Tom and Jason’s, was good enough to place Bourne second in the team competition.

Five other Wheelers rode, with Keith Munton next quickest in 64:00, followed by Cliff Hilless 67:16, Martin Rolbin 71:56, Richard Lomas Brown 74:22 and Colin Gilbert 76:23.

Bourne’s other top senior performer of the year, Jason Burrill, scored his first ever road race win last Thursday in the latest round of the NCRA evening league of races at the Rockingham Speedway at Corby. A perfectly timed sprint saw him pull well clear of what was left of the bunch to win by 10 metres at the end of the 32-mile race.

Jess Woodworth and Tim James have continued their tremendous seasons with Jess scoring a double victory in the space of three days at Rockingham and Darley Moor in the girls under-14 races, whilst 16-year-old Tim has been mixing it with the adults recording successive top 10 places again at Rockingham.