MacLeod and Larnach win gold in Caithness Cycling Club climbing competition



Andrew “Hamper” MacLeod took victory on the hill (library image). Photo: James Gunn

Andrew “Hamper” MacLeod and Debbie Larnach won gold at the annual Caithness Cycling Club Climbing Championships in Scrabster Hill.

On a warm evening with a slight headwind, “Hamper” did well in clocking 5 minutes 21 seconds for the 1.9 mile course, but Wick’s Stuart Anderson was only three seconds behind and the time was right. 29 seconds off the record set by Keith Smith. in 2005 in tailwind conditions.

Former member Cameron Earnshaw and Wick Wheeler Hamish McAllan had excellent times for the third and fourth fastest, but were not eligible for club medals, while Colin Earnshaw drove well to earn silver by 12 seconds from Mark Munro, who won bronze.

On the women’s side, Debbie Larnach had an excellent performance with a time of 7 min 6 sec for gold, 30 seconds ahead of Lorna Stanger who won silver but still holds the record of 6 min 22 sec she set. in 2008. Evergreen pillar Martine Hughes won bronze.

Results: 1, Andrew MacLeod, 5min 21sec; 2, Stuart Anderson, 5.24; 3, Cameron Earnshaw, 6.12; 4, Hamish McAllan, 6.18; 5, Colin Earnshaw, 6.27; 6, Mark Munro, 6.39; 7, Debbie Larnach, 7.06; 8, Angus MacKay, 7:30 a.m .; 9, Roger Broughton, 7.32; 10, Lorna Stanger, 7.36; 11, Rory Simmons, 7.54; 12, Gary Angus, 8.09; 13, Martine Hughes, 9.11.

This Sunday, Caithness Cycling Club and Wick Wheelers come together to host their annual “Interclub” time trial, where all riders from both clubs are encouraged to ride. This year the event is from Thurso to Wick.

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