Beachy Head Cycling Club (Butts Lane Hill) (Entries Close 07/10/21)

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  • Date: 16-Oct-21
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Feather breaks record, Palmer quickest female at Beachy Head CC climb

  • Published: 17 Oct 21
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Andrew Feather crosses the line

Reigning national champion Andrew Feather ( sliced 20 seconds from the old course record, while Kate Palmer (1904 RT) was fastest woman at the Beachy Head CC climb of Butts Lane near Willingdon on Saturday.

36-year-old Exeter-based Feather clocked 3-18.0 to take the win on the day by 30 seconds from Ashley Dennis (Things That), while just one second further back in third place was Reading CC’s James Scrivener.

Palmer’s time of 5-12.0 gave her the women’s prize by eight seconds from Olivia Webb (Eastbourne Rovers CC), with third spot going to Wendy Mathie (Penge CC) who was quickest female at the morning’s East Sussex CA climb on Firle Bostal.

Sam Clark (TBW23-Stuart Hall Cycling) was quickest espoir with 3-52.0 for fifth overall, and he went on to take third in Sunday’s Farnham Road Club climb of Brockham Hill Lane near Holybourne.

The top veteran was Richard Cartland ( in sixth spot with 3-54.0, ten seconds clear of Ashley Nunn (Addiscombe CC) in second.

The climb is 1.05 kilometres long and begins near the junction with Coopers Hill before proceeding up westwards, skirting Combe Hill and finishing at Butts Brow in the South Downs National Park.

Kate Palmer

This was Andrew Feather’s ninth win of the season in open hill-climbs, having won one stage of last weekend’s Otley CC two-stage climbs in West Yorkshire but missed out on the overall by a whisker.

Apart from that, he has also won the Rossendale RC climb on Crown Point, the Chippenham and District Wheelers event on Bowden Hill, the Exeter Wheelers climb of Stoke Hill, Watford Velo Sport’s Whiteleaf climb, the Sodbury Cycle Sport event on Coombe Hill and Buxton CC’s event on Bunsall Cob.

Kate Palmer has only ridden three open hill-climbs so far this season prior to this event, and won both of the Brighton Mitre CC climbs two weeks earlier as well as placing third behind reigning national champion Bithja Jones at the Kingston Wheelers climb in September.

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1. Andrew Feather (   3:18

2. Ashley Dennis (Things That)          3:48

3. James Scrivener (Reading CC)       3:49

4. Freddie Jagger (Lifting Gear Products)      3:50

5. Sam Clark (TBW23)           3:52

6. Richard Cartland (  3:54


1. Kate Palmer (1904 RT)       5:12

2. Olivia Webb (Eastbourne Rovers CC)       5:20

3. Wendy Mathie (Penge CC) 5:42

4. Erica Martin (Eastbourne Rovers CC)       6:15

5. Liz Halliday (Sussex Nomads)       7:04

6. Isabella Smith (Beachy Head CC) 7:29