This weekend I headed over to The Rake for The Rake Hill Climb, took a walk through Tagg Wood and could finally celebrate a win for Ramsbottom United.
I managed to do about an hour or so of Facebook Live footage of The Rake Hill climb today, that’s still available on the This is Rammy pages:
It was quite a long day, took around 3 or so hours from the start of the race for the last cyclist to cross the finish line, number 120. I forget his name but Ian tells me he’s the pro.
Speaking of Ian, I managed to catch up with him to find how his ride went.
The award ceremonies took place in the car park of The Shoulder of Mutton where the following winners and their times were announced. If you fancy testing your own time up The Rake, this would be a good list to start against.
Second Juvenile – James Story – 3:17.1
First Juvenile – Francis Woodcock – unknown
Second Junior – Alex Trippier – 2:58.1
First Junior – Ben Huddart – 2:53.4
Second Veteran – Jim Henderson – 2:44.1
First Veteran – Niall Patterson – 2:28.6
Team Prize – Manchester Bike club (Chris Smith, Sam Mansfield, Chris Dike) – 8:42.5
Third Lady – Nicola Sodden – 3:29.2
Second Lady – Jessica Roberts – 3:19
First Lady – Becky Lewis – 3:08.7 (new course record)
Third Male – Kieron Wayne Caternatch – 2:24.1
Second Male – Richard Hanley – 2:20.2
First Male – Joseph Clarke – 2:17.2
Since we’re talking about times too, I had a quick look on Google Maps for how long it would take to drive up the course for this race, just to try to put this into perspective, it’s a 3 minute drive from Ramsbottom Library to the finish line.
3 minutes! That’s crazy. So basically there are many people cycling up The Rake faster than you or I could drive up it.
I wasn’t only at the race this weekend. I also, for the first time that I’m aware (although I think I might have dipped into it on a walk in the past) visited Tagg Wood with my son. I’m still amazed by the number of wooded areas we have around Ramsbottom that feel massive when you’re in them. For such a small town, we are truly spoilt by them all.
It did take me a few minutes to get in, because there was a dog on a walk that was too scared to come through the gate before me. I was being polite letting it go first, because, well, it’s a dog, turned out it was just petrified.
We didn’t find any conker trees in Tagg Wood, but we did find a rope swing, lots of acorns and some odd boggy pondy things.
In Ramsbottom centre The Mousetrap is currently undergoing refurbishments, it’s due to open on my birthday, the 19th of October. This is normally around the time of the Pie Festival but it looks likely that this event won’t take place this year, because there is nothing on the business group events page yet and it would be cutting it fine to put it on there now. That’s a bit sucky as I loved this event, especially with it being around my birthday the past two years.
Ramsbottom United News:
Got some fantastic news with regards to Ramsbottom United. We have a winner! Yes, we had a cracking result against Sheffield FC on Saturday with goals from Gareth Seddon (3 minutes), Matt Atherton (10 minutes) and Olly Crankshaw (19 minutes). Sheffield then responded at 33 minutes but both sides put no more away. A great 3-1 win for The Rams.
The next round of the FA Trophy will take place on the 29th of October.
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