South East League Summer Series Round 4
Location: Biddenden, Kent
Event: 1 April 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Breaking away from the pack approaching the start of the final lap of five, Harry Godding (PM Racing) went on to score his maiden road race victory in the 66-mile fourth event of the South East League at Biddenden.
Andy Lack (Kingston Wheelers) got across to the leader halfway round the 13-mile circuit, but 17-year-old Godding had enough left in his legs to take the sprint with a gap of around 40 seconds to the rest who were led home by Rob Thatcher (Sydenham Wheelers).
“I’ve been waiting for it to come,” said Godding, from Maidstone. “I felt quite good at the start and I was ready to attack a bit. I kept having a go and eventually it happened approaching the final lap.
“To my surprise no-one followed and although it was only a small gap, I managed to hold it for half a lap until Andy came across. I could have kissed him – my legs were really starting to burn.
“We worked together, the gap got over 30 seconds and it came to the final sprint – I felt a bit guilty, I saved some energy and sat behind him until kicking towards the finish. It’s nice to finally win one.”
1 Harry Godding (PM Racing)
2 Andy Lack (Kingston Wheelers)
3 Rob Thatcher (Sydenham Wheelers)
4 Mark Poland (In-Gear RT)
5 Stephen Looby (Kingston Wheelers)
6 Kelvin Hatch (San Fairy Ann CC)
7 Andy Cater (GS Avanti)
8 Thomas McLaren (East London Velo)
9 Alex Ioannides (Dulwich Paragon CC)
10 Stephen Swindley (Team Toachim)
British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.