There were over sixty members and friends at the club BBQ on Saturday afternoon, aged from less than 1 to over 80. A sunny evening encouraged the children out into the garden to play and explore, leaving the adults free to relax and chat.
Highlight for many was the roller racing. First up were the kids, with Ross McMinn fastest of the boys in 25.39 and Emma Martin fastest girl with 26.45.
In the adult races, club chairman Desi showed no mercy on daughter Clare, winning in an impressive 24:26.
Paul McMinn was the first to break the 20 second barrier with a 19.91. John Carty bettered that with 19.27, before Paul charged to the best time of the day – 18.71. Paul Robinson was the only other rider to dip under 20 second with a time of 19.81.
The quiz was the usual mix of cycling questions with an Ards CC twist. The picture round reflected what a great year it has been, with record fields in our club races, four successful open race promotions and the Giro. We also had Martyn carrying the flag for the Northern Ireland team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and Ards CC alumni competing in four separate events. Winner of the quiz was Paul Robinson, but “the quizards” (Emma and Hanna) ran him close after a lot “answer trading” with other guests…
It was great to see Leonora Williams (nee Fagan) and husband Billy at the BBQ. Leonora attended some of the early club meetings back in the ’40s with her father, and was a regular on club runs in the 1950s (Billy rode for the Maryland Wheelers club). Bobby Magreechan surprised everyone by bringing along Leonora’s “Stone Special” frame. Some of the younger members weren’t too sure if “Stone” referred to legendary Belfast frame builder Geordie Stone, or to the weight of the frame compared to a modern carbon fibre super bike. But stories of club runs to the Gobbins on a steel frame, 72″ fixed and hard Brooks leather saddle reminded us all of the toughness of our founder members.
As always, thanks to all those who made the event possible. Special mention to –
- Willy Gill for supplying the soft drinks
- Patricia Watson, Joyce McIlwrath and the Cartys for deserts
- Jack for washing the dishes and generally keeping us tidy.
- Graham for manning with the bar-b-que
And everyone for turning up and making it such a great event.