O’Neill dips below magic 20 to claim first open success

Jack O'Neill on his way to time trial success. Picture submitted
Jack O'Neill on his way to time trial success. Picture submitted

Mike Vaughan Cycles’ Jack O’Neill (Mike Vaughan Cycles) claimed his first open time trial victory on Saturday in Coventry CC’s event on the K11/10T course in Thurlaston, south of Rugby.

O’Neill put in an impressive performance, covering the ten miles in 19 minutes 32 seconds (30.7mph) to earn victory by seven seconds from Jonathan Wears (Team Jewson-MI Racing).

Jon Simpkins (www.Drag2Zero.com) was third, another second back.

It was the first time O’Neill had broken the 20-minute mark for the distance.

Eoin O’Flynn regained Leamington C&AC’s Ted & Doris Trophy, following up his second place in the four-mile run through St Nicholas Park with victory in the 12-mile cycling time trial.

The road run attracted 30 competitors, with athlete Callum Hanlon securing the win in 22:26 and Natalie Bhangal the leading female in 25:26.

Significantly, neither of these athletes took part in the cycling element of the event, allowing O’Flynn to follow up his run of 23:15 with 29:55 for the bike.

Pierre Guern (27:02 run, 31:08 TT) was second, with Tristan Warren the best athlete in fourth (25:34 run, 36:55 TT).

The best female finisher was Anouk Molliex (29:19 run, 34:53 TT).