Hillingdon Grand Prix


Despite the weather forecast for a cold and windy day, a huge field of 64 women signed on for the Hillingdon Grand Prix and there was no doubt they meant business.  The racing was fast and aggressive from the gun, but sadly with only two laps done, there was a touch of wheels towards the back of the bunch and three riders came down. 


That was to be the end of the race for Claire Beaumont (Rapha Condor) and Cassie Gledhill (Orbea-For Goodness Shakes!) while the third ride was able to remount.  The race was stopped while first aid attended and then restarted, only to be stopped again to allow for an ambulance to attend, as it was suspected Gledhill had suffered broken bones and was having trouble breathing.  We spoke to her today (Monday 17th), she had spent the night in Hillingdon Hospital where she was being kept under observation.  The good news is there appears to be no broken bones, but she has dislocated her shoulder and has bruised some ribs.  There was also some concern about possible damage to her lungs.  We wish her a speedy recovery.


On the restart, after one neutral lap, the pace picked up immediately.  Laura Trott (Welwyn Wheelers) who had been the first to attack earlier in the race, continued to show at the front and was active in the fight for primes along with Dani King (Horizon Fitness), Ruby Millar (Forza Cycles), and former World Track Champion, Jo Rowsell. 


Attacks also came from Alex Greenfield and Charlotte Colcough (Team M Pinte) but it was all together at the bell and Horizon Fitness made their move, with two riders on the front to lead out King, the current National Circuit Race Champion, who was able to hold on for the win.  A late charge from junior World Sprint Champion, Becky James (Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta) secured second with Janet Birkmyre (Orbea-For Godness Shakes!) a close third.


After the race a delighted Dani King told us that she was thrilled with the win and how the team worked together, “I’m so pleased, this is my 3rd win out of the 3 road races I’ve done this year in the U.K. The race started off well, fast from the start, however a few crashes meant the race had to be stopped twice and shortened as a result. “The pace of the race and type of circuit meant it was hard to get away, after a few attempts I sat in the bunch and worked out my best plan to win the race. My team mate, Hannah Rich said to me towards the end of the race that she was feeling good and was happy to give me a lead out so I was chuffed and took her up on the offer. With about half a lap to go Hannah got on the front and gave it all she had with me on her wheel. Becky James kicked and I knew that was when I had to go.  I hope to repay the favour for Hannah in the near future, but for now I’m off to Belgium for a few weeks to get stuck into racing and hopefully get some good results!”


While Becky James, a relative stranger to road racing, told us she was loving the bunch racing and was off to Germany next week.  We wish her well with that and the Commonwealth Games later in the year.



Photograph courtesy of Chris Macleod



1 Danielle King Horizon Fitness

2 Becky James Motorpoint/Marhsals S/T

3 Janet Birkmyre Orbea/ForGoodnessShakes!

4 Hannah Barnes Motorpoint/Marhsals

5 Jessica Booth Halesowen

6 Marianne Britten Max Gear RT

7 Lucy Garner Leics RC

8 Harriet Owen Bicester Millennium

9 Hannah Manley Cardiff Jif

10 Hannah Walker GC Surosa

11 Amy Roberts Cardiff Ajax

12 Joanna Rowsell PM

13 Alex Greenfield Horizon Fitness

14 Ruby Miller Forza Cycles

15 Bernadette Hards Max Gear RT

16 Kara Chesworth Dysynni CC

17 Emily Barnes Palmer Pk Velo

18 Emma Grant AW Cycles

19 Jackie Garner Max Gear RT

20 Sarah King Langdale Lightweights RT

21 Corrine Hall Tm Corridori

22 Lauren Creamer Wolverhampton Wh

23 Louise Mahe Tm Mule Bar Girls

24 Lowri Bunn Abergavenny RC

25 Melissa Bury Sportcity Velo

26 Laura Trott Welwyn Wh

27 Hannah Shenton Paul Milnes RT

28 Natalie Hill Hillingdon Slipstreamers

29 Hannah Rich Horizon Fitness

30 Rebecca Curley Rapha Condor

31 Hannah Bowes Tm Mule Bar Girls

32 Cheryl Owens GS Metro

33 Maryka Sennema Kingston Wh/Sigma Sport

34 ???

35 Clara Horne Halesowen A&CC

36 Nicola Juniper Ciclos Uno

37 Jaine Paine Willesden CC

38 Jodie Stimpson Tm Dillon

39 Rachel Przybylski Rapha Condor

40 Natalie Greswick Twickenham CC

41 Natasha Perry Rapha Condor

42 Leona Kadir Sigma Sport RT

43 Lise Soerensen Kingston Wheelers

44 Caroline Harding Finchley RT

45 Emily Bagnall Kingston Wh/Sigma Sport

46 Sabine Homrighausen Kingston Wh/Sigma Sport

47 Emma Patterson London Dynamo/Prologue/For Goodness Shakes

48 Jeanelle Culdicott Max Gear RT

49 Joanna Le Cocq VS Jersey/i-consult/Top Personal

50 Ceri Dipple BC Private Member

51 Nikki Wheeler Team Wiggle

52 Alice Barnes Palmer Park Velo

53 Monica Da Polenza A W Cycles

54 Eleanor Jones Halesowen A&CC

55 Vicki Filsell Pearson Cycles RT

56 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix

57 Rebecca Lodge London Dynamo/Prologue/For Goodness Shakes

58 Jessica Mitchell London Dynamo/Prologue/For Goodness Shakes

DNF Donna La Blancq VS Jersey/i-consult/Top Personal

DNF Lydia Boylan London Dynamo/Prologue/For Goodness Shakes

DNF Susan Wood Maldon & Dist.CC

DNF Nicola Meadows AW Cycles

DNF Cassie Gledhill Orbea-For Goodness Shakes

DNF Michelle Dillon Tm Dillon

DNF Dorchie Cockerell Twickenham CC/Evans Cycles

DNF Rebecca Ledge London Dynamo

DNF Alexandra Marzec London Phoenix

DNF Claire Beaumont Rapha Condor




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