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Brian sets new Club record on ECCA 100

Mike Anton writes….

Not only did Mr Phillips bag 5th place on the Eastern Counties CA 100 with an excellent 3:55:11, but he also broke his own club Vets record from 2003.

He’d previously clocked 3:55:42 so using this ‘local’ course obviously helped.

The E2/100 roughly follows the M11 north before heading along the A11 /
A14 round Newmarket. Only 75 miles of it is dual carriageway, the rest being a scenic and rolling jaunt through NW Essex.

I was off at 5:38 with Brian 10 mins behind me. The early start was
appreciated in the hot weather though a slightly later kickoff would have
been nice for the extra shuteye.

I was happily bumbling along when Mr P caught me at 50 miles. I couldn’t
even hang on to him as we went round the turn roundabout! So having waved
him goodbye I carried on at a reasonable pace until toe cramp set in.
Things went rapidly downhill from there and I eventually wandered in to 15th
place with 4:12:32.

Brian’s three minute man caught him in the
closing stages but he said afterwards that he employed a bit of road racing tactics and managed to pass him in the final mile.

Now bearing in mind Brian rides a fixed that’s no mean feat!

1st  Ken Platts      Cambridge CC        03:46:31
2nd  Paul Smith      Api-Metrow          03:48:47
3rd  Paul Holdsworth Hounslow & District 03:52:20
4th  Neil Wass       Verulam CC          03:53:43
5th  Brian Phillips  East Grinstead      03:55:11
15th Mike Anton      East Grinstead      04:12:32