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MacLeod and Larnach take gold in Caithness Cycling Club's hill climbing competition

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Andrew "Hamper" MacLeod rode to victory on the hill (library image). Picture: James Gunn
Andrew "Hamper" MacLeod rode to victory on the hill (library image). Picture: James Gunn

Andrew “Hamper” MacLeod and Debbie Larnach won the gold medals in Caithness Cycling Club’s annual Hill Climb Championships on Scrabster Hill.

On a warm evening with a slight headwind “Hamper” did well to clock a fine 5min 21sec for the 1.9-mile course, but Wick’s Stuart Anderson was a mere three seconds behind, and the time was 29 seconds off the record set by Keith Smith back in 2005 in tailwind conditions.

Former member Cameron Earnshaw and Wick Wheeler Hamish McAllan posted excellent times for third and fourth fastest but were not eligible for club medals, while Colin Earnshaw rode strongly to gain the silver by 12 seconds from Mark Munro, who took bronze.

In the ladies competition, Debbie Larnach put in an excellent performance to clock 7min 6sec for the gold, 30 seconds ahead of Lorna Stanger who took silver but still holds the record of 6min 22sec which she set in 2008. Evergreen stalwart Martine Hughes gained the 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; 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 get together to hold their annual “Interclub” time trial event, where all riders from both clubs are encouraged to ride. This year the event is from Thurso to Wick.

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