Provided by race organiser Gabriel Glencross On a crisp Tuesday evening in September, 46 Bandits took to the Thames path for the eagerly awaited FRC Autumn Handicap time trial.
Chloe Morton was first out the blocks, and with Alice R-W pacing her perfectly, she sprinted her way along the 5.3km course from Bishop's Park to the Dove pub and back, coming home as first finisher. Patrick Taylor was hot on her heels, taking the prize for first male across the line.
Alfie Pearce-Higgins took the crown of fastest male in a sensational time of 18:03, with Réka Körmendi storming through the pack to win first female in just 20:25. There were 5km PBs and SBs (personal bests and season's bests) left, right and centre, as everyone brought their A-game and their super shoes.
A huge thank you to the wonderful team of volunteers who very kindly gave up their Bake-Off evening to make sure everything went smoothly, from the race start to marshalling to managing the funnel. It was a real spectacle to see the herd of black and white stripes (FRC colours) all chasing each other down Stevenage Road. Special thanks to Chris and Juliette for helping to make it all possible.
The Handicap Time Trial will be back in the spring of 2024, so mark your calendars!