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Race Fund for Club Volunteers

As usual the club is offering members who race a partial refund of their entrance fees. It’s a way to support those flying the club colours in competitive events. Road races (eg BC, LVRC) and CTT time trials count, but not sportives or triathlon. The total fund is £1500 and those entering the nationals and premier calendar races get 100% of these fees repaid and the rest is a proportion of however much is left. If you want the maths then you divide the pot of money by the total value of entry fees claimed by everyone and multiply the result by your claim. For example if you submit a claim for £50 and everyone’s claims come to £3000 then £1500 / £3000 = 0.5 so you will get half back. The funds are only available if you have helped the club this year, for example marshaling in a race or other supportive duties. Be sure to mention how you’ve helped your club this year. As usual we will want to see proof that you started and finished the race, it normally won’t count if you were DNF on the day. And if under £10 is owed then it will be ignored to reduce the administrative burden. Also it is for full members of the club with valid membership for 2014-2015. To make your claim download the template spreadsheet and send your completed form to club treasurer Will Meers or the club’s info@ inbox by 31 January 2015. Finally please put your bank details on the spreadsheet.

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Peaslake Memorial Football Match

The clubrun has often passed through the village of Peaslake in the North Downs and in recent years we’ve taken part in their annual Remembrance Sunday events. The village has been in touch because they’re organising a football match to recreate the “day the guns fell silent” when opposing troops apparently played a game in between the trenches. For this they need volunteers and wonder if anyone from the club or elsewhere might be able to help. It’s not a competitive match, more about recreating a moment from history. All proceeds go to the Poppy Appeal. If you can help, see the flyer and form, contact club President Derek Griffiths or drop an email to the club’s info@ address.

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Tickets On Sale for Club Dinner and Prize Presentation

Sunday 7 December 4.00 pm – 10.00pm The club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony will take place at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in Berrylands, KT5 8JT. There will be a surprise guest speaker. It’s your chance to meet fellow members without lycra and sunglasses. The club celebrates the highs and lows of the past year with formal trophies and some more amusing awards too. There is a bar and free on street parking in the streets around the club. Tickets are subsidised and cost just £5 per member which includes food and £7.50 for guests with friends and family welcome. It’s free for Under-16s. Places are limited so get your tickets before they sell out via the links below. If you want vegetarian food, leave a note in the Paypal payment as instructed. SALE ENDED. Thanks to all those who bought tickets.

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Club Dinner and Prize Presentation

A date for your diary: Sunday 7 December. The club’s annual dinner and prize presentation will be held on this day and likely to be in the late afternoon. More news on the format, timings and how to get your ticket in due course.

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Ali Hughes

Some of you will recall former club members Ali and Mike Hughes, writes Derek Griffiths. Sadly Ali died last Saturday aged 50 after a long fight with leukaemia. The funeral will be next week in Yeovil. She leaves a young 10 year old daughter called Amelia. Ali was a past member of our club and a keen athlete, she competed as a crew member in the World Dragon Boat Championship and came third, as well as coming a cheerful presence on winter club runs with Mike, a former racer and spent his formative years racing on Merseyside against the likes of Joey McLoughlin. The club sends its respects to Mike and family.

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End of Season Time Trial Social

Wednesday 22 October, 8pm, The Lamb, Surbiton An end of season time trial social takes place will take place Wednesday at The Lamb, Surbiton, writes James Hewitt. Feel free to come along and have a drink to celebrate the end of the season, or even if you’re just curious and want to find out more about what time trialling involves and would like to try one next year. More on the forum.

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News For New Members

This news doesn’t affect existing members and renewals but it’s good to know. Kingston Wheelers is one of the largest cycling clubs in the area and our membership has been steadily growing year-on-year for many years now. As of October 2014, in an effort to reduce the amount of work required by volunteers within the club and to reduce some of the problems we have experienced, we decided to limit the number of members in our club at its current level (approximately 600). All riders wishing to join are required to attend a “newbie run”: a club run for new joiners. These take place on the first Sunday of each month at the usual place and time (see Club Run for more information). Exceptions can be made for women, juniors and experienced riders (such as those joining from another club or those who have raced). If you would like to join, please email ride@kingstonwheelers.co.uk and arrange to come along to the next available newbie ride. If you enjoy your first ride with us, we will add you to a waiting list and contact you when a space becomes available. You can then sign up online and join the club. If you are under-18, let us know when you email us.

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Skills Day

Saturday November 15 2014 1pm-5pm, Hillingdon The club is holding a skills session for members looking to improve their group riding skills. We’ve booked the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit to provide a traffic-free environment. This is for people to share experiences on race etiquette, group riding skills and developing those skills to put in use from anything from the club to sportives and races.The emphasis will be on skills rather than speed. We will split the session into groups according to experience/fitness and, as in previous years, we’ll round off with a practice scratch race and handicap race. Session organiser Andy Edwards is also asking for more experienced members to come along and share their skills The event is free to club members but we ask people to commit to volunteer for a future club activity in return. More details on the forum (log-in required).

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President’s Club Run

Sunday 21 September The annual “President’s Club Run” takes place soon. It’s a club run with two differences, the aim being to get as many of the club’s management committee out on the bike so members can meet them and even better, the club will meet the bill for refreshments at Tanhurst Farm. Yes, you read that right: free cake for all. Several rides will start from the usual meeting point and aim to converge at the Tanhouse Farm Shop near Newdigate. The format is the same as it’s been in recent years, this is a members-only ride and if you want free food you’ll need to be in club kit on the day. On the subject of kit, be sure to log in to the forum from time to time to watch for news of sales. The club has ordered new stock which is being made now.

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Roger Mitchell

Roger Mitchell died yesterday in Kingston Hospital. He was the longest-standing club member and by some way. He joined the club in 1961 aged 18, soon getting the regulation club kit which included a jersey and a black beret. A prolific racer in bunch races and then time trials his name is engraved on many of the club silverware in circulation today. That’s him second from left with three trophies from a club dinner in the 1960s. He met his wife Janet through the club around this time. Later on he was a regular on the club run. Back in the days a good turn out a Sunday morning meant ten riders you could count on him to be there and he helped out with the club’s races, always cheerful and happy to help out. More of you will know from the club nights in the pub where he kept up to date with what was happening in the club after he stopped riding. A few years ago our club presented him with the “Lifetime Clubman Award” trophy in recognition of his long and continued membership. Condolences to Janet, his family and friends from the Kingston Wheelers.

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