Lethbridge pushed all the way by Morrison as she cracks her 100-mile record
PUBLISHED: 16:17 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 17 July 2018
The women's national competition record at 100 miles was broken on Norfolk roads on Sunday.
Alice Lethbridge, a 32-year-old teacher who says 100 miles is her favourite time trial distance, beat her own record by 34 seconds to set the new mark at 3:42:03.
The event was the promoted by the East District CA on the Snetterton-Browick course. Alice was pushed all the way by north Norfolk pro triathlete Kimberley Morrison, her team-mate in the Drag2Zero team, who finished in 3:44:50.
Lethbridge was exactly one minute up at the Wymondham turn after 62 miles and by 84 miles she had extended her lead to 1:31.
Third fastest woman was Wisbech Wheeler Becky Murley, whose time of 3:58:53 would have been headline news on any other day. Jen Smart (VC Norwich) updated her personal best to 4:18:50 while Jan Smith revised the Great Yarmouth CC’s club record to 4:25 13. The Yarmouth men’s record fell as well - to Julian Claxton in 4:13:51.
Men’s winner was Charles Mitchell of Portsmouth road club A3crg whose time was 3:26:04. King’s Lynn rider Ben Stancombe was top local finisher, taking second spot in 3:32:11.
Other local riders’ times included John Swindells (Iceni Velo, 4:02:39), Andrew Ward (Wisbech Whs, 4:03:31), Mark Smart (VCN, 4:16:45) and Chris Womack (VC Baracchi, 4:38:52). DAP CC’s Nick Esser had a quick drink after his 4:14:46... and then set out on a training run as he is preparing for an Ironman triathlon.
Though starting at 6am, it soon became hot, but nevertheless conditions were undoubtedly good, with a light wind only making itself felt in the second half.
Among the helpers were CC Breckland members Mark Fairhead and Don Saunders who had ridden through Friday night to successfully complete the Hereward the Wake 300-kilometre (192 miles) Audax ride, based at Great Dunmow. In the Suffolk Cycle Race Series Callum Laborde (Iceni Velo) outsprinted clubmate Joseph Smith to win the Under 14 category. Jake Crossley took the Under 16s and Martha Lebentz the girls. In the Senior races there were repeat wins for Charlie Wright, Rebecca Johnson and Paul Hanks.