Ackerman climbs his way to a Clarion win

James Warrener in action in Sunday's hill climb event.
James Warrener in action in Sunday's hill climb event.
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Fenland Carion rider Phil Ackerman saved his best until last when winning his club’s end-of-season hill climb event on Sunday.

After seven second places this season, he at last found the winning touch when achieving a combined finishing time of 5mins 58secs for the two climbs at Collyweston and Ketton.

A total of 23 riders tackled the event, which was jointly promoted by Clarion and Peterborough CC, andTom Stokes riding for St Neots CC powered up both hills in an impressive 5:48 to clock the quickest time of the day.

Next came Ackerman to land the Clarion club prize and in third place - and winner of the Peterborough CC event - was David Sargeant in 5:59.

Peterborough CC runner-up was Paul Pardoe, who rode six minutes dead, while second in the Clarion stakes was Lynden Leadbeater with 6:02.

Other PCC times: J.Boardley 6:41; B.Maggee 6:58; M.Bullen 6:52; K.Hobbs 6:45; S.Nile 7:09; M.Tomlinson 8:17; P.Jones 8:39.

Other Clarion times: Tom Thorpe 6:14; Simon Pitchford 6:46; Martin Brooker 6:59; Chris Shaw 7:02; Phil Merritt 7:31; James Warrener 7:52.