Surrey Sussex Group VTTA




Charlie's funeral will be at 2:15 at All Soul's Church in Susan's Road , Eastbourne. Charles will then go to the Crematorium for 3:15 and his wake will be at 4:00.

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-06-21


Sadly I have to tell you that Charles Robson died on Saturday, June 9th 2012.

Charles was Kent Group recorder and later took the same office for the Surrey/Sussex Group, updating all the Group records and inspiring its members to compete at the highest level in national competitions. He competed, with great success, in events all over the country at all distances from 10 miles to 24 hours.

Posted by: Esther on 2012-06-15



On Saturday morning (2 June 2012) Dave Cox organized the Group 10 mile event for the Stan Harvey Memorial Trophy (Best on Standard) and the Wilf How Cup(Team Trophy). You can download a copy of the full result sheet here.

Richard GIFFORD In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp won the Stan Harvey Trophy with a plus of 4mins 45secs (and was fastest on actual with a fine 21min 54sec.

The Team of 3 on Standard was Eastbourne Rovers with a plus 8mins 47secs made up of Peter Moon (4mins 02secs) Geoff Smith (3mins 32secs) and Kevin Burton (1mins 13sec).

Maurice Carpenter riding his Trike reduced the 79 year old Trike record to 33mins 05 secs.

The next Group competition is for the Mick Burgess Trophy incorporated in the Lewes Wanderers 30 Mile TT on 1 July 2012 (details on the Calendar page)

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-06-03


This is my first report for the Veteran having taken over from Ray Dare as Group Press Secretary. Some of you may have already read some of this report in the electronic newsletter and Crank, so apologies to you.

The 2011 AGM is probably a good place to start as this was held after Ray submitted the last Veteran report. The AGM was held at Handcross Village Hall with a small group of members present. The most significant change to the officials was Ray Dare standing down as Press Officer, and me taking over. Ray has done a sterling job over the last few years collecting material for the Veteran and he will be a tough act to follow.

The officials are: Keith Wilkinson as Chairman and Treasurer, Esther Carpenter is Secretary, Dave Cox is Racing Secretary, Ann Bath is Social Secretary, and I am Press Secretary and Recorder. The committee is made up of Barbara Atkins; Dave Dalziel; Ray Dare; Bob Harber; Mike Morley; Robin Johnson and Charles Robson.

The 2011 season finished with the Group having another National Record holder with Ann Bath breaking the Ladies 24 Hour Record for 62 year old with 319.99 miles (plus 5.85 miles). The confusion in the last Veteran was laid to rest quickly after publication with confirmation that Anne was the Ladies 24 Hour Champion.

Four Group records were broken this year. Ann with the 24 Hour and she set a new standard distance at 12 hours for 63 year old lady with 168.504 miles. Ray Dare (85 years old) 25 mile record with a 1:08:32 (plus 23 mins 45 secs) and John Randell (80 years old) 10 mile with a 26:40 (plus 7mins 59 secs).

We had our first Group Record of the 2012 season set on 1 January. I am not sure if that is a record in itself. Maurice Carpenter (Dad) did a 37.01 for 10 miles on his trike. The one photo of him shows him putting his hand out for a drink? I suspect that is the result of living with Esther!

The lunch and prize presentation was held at Rowfant House again this year. There were 60 sitting down to the lunch, which was a substantial increase on previous years. John Warnock was the guest of honour and gave an interesting and humorous speech covering his rowing and cycling exploits. He also presented the prizes, which read pretty much the same as previous years, with Geoff Smith winning the BAR, Mel Roberton taking the 3 Distance competition and the 25, 50 and 30 trophies. Jackie Dodd the Charles Robson trophy for the Ladies short distance competition. Harry Featherstone won the September 25 and Alan Robinson won the June 10. There are some new names on the team awards, and you can see a full list of award winners on the web site.

“Hurry “ Hemsley was presented with a National VTTA Age award medal from the 24 Hour, although this was not straightforward and he will have to wait for the engraved version.

The last award is always the Sportsman trophy, and this year the Tooting Bec won it for their support during the 24 Hour. Esther proposed them for the award and as they're over 80 the committee thought they deserved it, although as they're all over 80 they probably don't sleep that well so were grateful to have something interesting to do for once. They were so pleased and surprised it made the presentation an excellent end to the day.

By the time you read this, members will have already competed in some of the early events (except for those cancelled due to the awful weather) and hopefully we will have all digested the new standards. As the Group voted against the change we will have to see what is decided by our membership on which version we use for our Group competitions.

Finally don’t forget that this year that the VTTA 100 mile Championship on 19 August is incorporated into the ESCA 100, and that we are using the ESCA 50 on 15 July for the Group Championship.

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-02-11


Because of issues over updating the Group pages on the National site we have resurrected our Group site. There are still some gaps but it contains the most up to date information for the Group.

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-02-11


The old order was re-established with Geoff Smith regaining the 4 Dist BAR title.  Mel Roberton clinched the three distance competition; There were no finishers in the Ladies BAR.  Jackie Dodd took the Robson Trophy for the short distance BAR. 

Ann Bath broke the National 24 Hour Record while Ann, Ray Dare and John Randall also broke Group Records.


Ann Bath  Kingston Phoenix RC 25/6/2011  24 Hours  319.99 miles +5.85miles   (62yrs)(solo)


Ann Bath  Kingston Phoenix RC 25/6/2011  24 Hours  319.99 miles +5.85miles   (62yrs)(solo)

Ray Dare  Kingston Phoenix RC 17/9/2011  25 Miles  1:08:32  +23min 45sec (85yrs)(solo)

John Randall   Horsham   9/7/2011  10 miles  26.40  +  7min 59sec  (80yrs)(Solo)


Men's Best All Rounder

Awarded for the Best on Standard Average mph over 25, 50, 100 miles and 12 Hours.
Geoff Smith
- Eastbourne Rovers +4.436 mph

Ladies Best All Rounder

Awarded for the Best on Standard Average over 25, 50, 100 miles and 12 Hours. No qualifying rides

Jim Ballard Trophy

3 Distance Competition (25, 50 and 100 miles)

Mel Roberton – Worthing Excelsior CC +139mins 57secs

Charles Robson Cup

Ladies Short Distance Competition 10, 25 & 50 Miles

Jackie Dodd – Kingston Phoenix RC +24mins 25sec

Robin Buchan Memorial Cup Best Surrey/Sussex Member on Standard 25 Miles - September Group 25

Harry Featherstone - Eastbourne Rovers +17 mins 18 secs

Pound Hill Trophy 25 MileTeam Trophy Best Surrey/Sussex Team on Standard 25 Miles - September Group 25

Eastbourne Rovers +46 mins 39 secs (Harry Featherstone +17 mins 18 secs; Geoff Smith + 16 mins 35 secs; Peter Moon +11 mins 46 secs))

Stan Harvey Memorial Trophy Best on Standard 10 Miles - June Group 10

Alan Robinson – Central Sussex CC +6 mins 55 secs

Wilf How Cup 10 Mile Team Trophy - June Group 10

Eastbourne Rovers +15 mins 12 secs (Harry Featherstone +6 mins17 secs; Geoff Smith +4 mins 44 secs; Alan Symonds +4 mins 11 secs) )

Aubrey Wenman Trophy

Best Surrey/Sussex Member on Standard 25 Miles - Bec CC ‘25’

Mel Roberton – Worthing Excelsior CC +18 mins 29 secs

Aldershot Cup Best Surrey/Sussex Member on Standard 50 Miles - Anerley CC ‘50’

Mel Roberton - Worthing Excelsior CC +41 mins 50 secs

The Mick Burgess Memorial 30 Mile Trophy Best Surrey/Sussex Member on Standard 30 Miles – Lewes Wanderers CC ‘30’

Mel Roberton - Worthing Excelsior CC +21 mins 50 secs

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-02-11


The Surrey Sussex Group 3 Distance Champion is once again Mel Roberton.

Name Club Plus mins
Mel Roberton Worthing Excelsior CC 139.57
Geoff Smith Sussex Nomads CC 117.11
Alan Lloyd Lewes Wanderers 113.14
Keith Wilkinson East Surrey RC 92.14
Ian Bashford Old Portlians CC 91.46
Peter Baker Lewes Wanderers 90.17
Peter Horsfield Redmon CC 88.38

The 4 Distance Champion is Geoff Smith.

Name Club Plus mph
Geoff Smith Sussex Nomads CC 4.44
Alan Lloyd Lewes Wanderers 3.75
Peter Baker Lewes Wanderers 3.61
Ian Bashford Old Portlians CC 3.28
Peter Horsfield Redmon CC 2.55

Posted by: webmaster on 2012-02-11