Voting for Banbridge CC 2019 Club Person of the Year now open

Following the nomination of 4 worthy candidates for the 2019 Club Person of the Year at the recent Banbridge CC meeting on the evening of Tuesday 3rd September it was agreed the voting would be opened up to all club members via an online survey.

All members should now have received a link to the survey via email from ‘ via SurveyMonkey‘ entitled  VOTE NOW FOR YOUR 'BCC - Club Person of the Year 2019' .

Members are asked to place their vote for their preferred nominee by no later than Saturday 28th September when the voting survey will close.  Votes will be counted, verified and administered by Peadar Curran who can be contacted at if you have any issues registering your vote.

The winner of the 2019 Club Person of the Year will be announced at the upcoming 75th Anniversary Dinner where they will be awarded the new Towell Trophy which will also be unveiled on the night.  

Congratulations to all our nominees and many thanks to all our club members for their valued contributions over the year.  We look forward to celebrating with as many of you as possible at the Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 12th October.

The nominees for 2019 are;

Paul Hannigan

Paul is ever present at both club and Banbridge CC promoted open events.  Whether it be taking part as a competitor in club events, snapping photographs which are regularly used for press reports and online or simply chipping in with the set-up of events, he is a valued member of the team.  He regularly assists Banbridge CC para cyclist Chris Burns when travelling to the National Paracycling league event with travel and again also capturing the action in photos.  Paul has also been working in the background to assist the club in achieving Clubmark accreditation.

Toni Hannigan

Toni volunteered her services in the 2018 off season to assist with organising and managing a number of club races throughout the 2019 season, however she quickly become the ‘go–to’ person for many of the other club race promoters and also the representatives from the contact points within the Banbridge Inter Club Race League.  Toni is also heavily involved with assisting in the organisation of the club’s open and social events, including the annual prize awards dinner and 75th Anniversary dinner.

David Lavery

David has taken on the busy & challenging role of Club Secretary for 2019.  Despite a steep learning curve David has managed the membership and administrative tasks required in his stride, working closely with the Club Committee and Chairman.  During the year he also attended a number of Cycling Ireland & Cycling Ulster meetings and workshops, including the Women On Wheels & Community Bike Ride which he fed back to the club membership and committee who then progressed them further and into successful initiatives.

Aaron Wallace

Aaron continues to the lead the club in its open road race programme, which includes the town centre Banbridge Crit and National Road Series event The John Beggs Memorial.  Aaron has also been responsible for bringing the Victus Tour of Ulster to Banbridge town in conjunction with Banbridge CC.  In what is becoming an increasingly demanding environment Banbridge CC’s events are highly regarded in the wider Irish cycling circles, so much so that the club was recognised in 2019 for its promotions and received the Cycling Ireland Club of the Month award in May.

Mark Stewart does a smash and grab on the Club League, claiming the Jack Carson into the bargain, while Chris Burns wins the Lutton Cup on busy final day of club racing season.

It was the closest run Banbridge CC race league to date, with only a couple of points separating leader Marty Fitzpatrick from a hard chasing Mark Stewart with only 1 event remaining.  3rd to 6th place in the league was also only separated by less than 10 points.

Marty Fitz led the League into the final round, but by the slimmest of margins.

With it all to play for, motivation was high among the club riders.  As the last club race of the season was incorporated into the Thomas White 10 mile TT open event the club riders were lining up alongside many of the best Time Trial riders in the country including multiple national champions and the very best para-cyclists in the country, including multiple World Champions.

Two club competitions were up for the taking; the Jack Carson Cup for best veteran (over 40 yrs) and the Lutton Cup which would be calculated on handicap.

Mark Stewart powers his way to victory in the Jack Carson Cup & the 2019 Banbridge CC League

If the competition for the league was tight, the winning margin of the Jack Carson Cup was even tighter.  Mark Stewart put in another storming ride to record 23:01 over the 10 miles, the same time recorded for Brian Hannon and so the timekeepers had to refer to the hundredths of seconds on the stopwatches to split the two riders.  0.08 was the difference with Mark Stewart getting the verdict.

In the Lutton Cup Martin Duffy looked have victory in the bag, recording 25:51 – more than 3 minutes under his target time. However International Para-cyclist Chris Burns was a late runner and with form running high ahead of next month’s World Championships he recorded a time of 25:21 – 3:14 below his target and enough to beat Duffy by 7 seconds.

Mark Stewart’s handicap time in the Jack Carson was enough to improve his league points and overhaul Marty Fitzptrick at the final hurdle.  Both riders have had a tremendous season and are known for being honest riders who give their all every time they pin on a number.  Sunday was no exception.

Chirs Burns snatched the Lutton Cup at the very last from Martin Duffy

As the 2019 racing season comes to a close, gratitude goes out to all those who stepped forward to assist with and manage the planning & running of all events, over 20 in total; the Event Organisers, Timekeepers, Marshals, Lead Car drivers and Outriders, Safety Assessors, Photo-Finish Judges, Sign-On Teams, Photographers, Results Co-ordinators, Press Report Writers, those who made tea, coffee and buns.  It’s a long list of volunteers who can take pride in another successful race season for Banbridge CC.

2019 Banbridge CC League Points Table - Final Standings

Thomas White Mem TT, incorporating 3R Mobility Irish Para Cycling Series: FULL RESULTS

Lindsay Watson on route to claim the Thomas White Memorial for the 3rd year in succession.

Lindsay Watson once again proved fastest rider on a bright but blustery Warrenpoint carriageway course this morning, but he was pushed close by fellow TT specialist Marcus Christie who was only 5 seconds behind Watson’s winning time of 19:21.

Fresh off her silver medal winning ride at the recent Junior World Championships, Lara Gillespie also put in an outstanding performance to record 22:39 over the 10 miles and set a new Irish National Junior Women’s record (subject to ratification) .

Lara Gillespie continues to make her mark in Irish cycling, setting a new National record.

Lara Gillespie continues to make her mark in Irish cycling, setting a new National record.

There was also great turn out for the 8th & final round of the 3R Mobility Irish Para Cycling Series, with double World Champion tandem pairing Katie-George Dunlevy & C-4 solo rider Ronan Grimes both choosing to complete the course twice in preparation of the upcoming World Championships next month.

Many thanks to all the riders who supported the event and endured the stiff outward headwind, along with all the static Marshals, Timekeepers, Commissaires & Cycling Ireland Paracycling.

Reigning double World Champions Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

Reigning double World Champions Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal

Thomas White Memorial 10 mile TT, Warrenpoint

Winner: Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport)

2nd Fastest: Marcus Christie (Performance SBR)

3rd Fastest: Neill Delahaye (Les Rouleurs)

Fastest Woman - Lara Gillespie (Scott Orwell Wheelers)

Fastest Junior - David O’Sullivan (Ciclotel Travel)

Fastest Tandem - Damien Vereker / Paul Forestill (Comeragh CC / Scott Orwell Wheelers)

Fastest M40 – Neil Delahaye (Les Rouleurs)

Fastest M50 - Feargal Magee (Apollo Cycling Team)

Fastest M60 – Brian Hannon (Banbridge CC)

3R Mobility Irish Para Cycling Series, Round 8

Solo Riders

  1. Ronan Grimes (Scott Orwell Wheelers

  2. Richael Timothy (Donamon Dynamo)

  3. Chris Burns (Banbridge CC)

Hand Cyclists

  1. Declan Slevin (Rosemount CC)

  2. Gary O’Reilly (Laois CC)

  3. Mark Millar (Velo-Café Magasin)

Full Results

2019 Thomas White Memorial TT, incorporating 3R Mobility Irish Para Cycling Series

Taking place this Sunday, 1st September, the 2019 Thomas White Memorial will incorporate the 8th and final round of the 2019 3R Mobility Paracycling Series; Attracting the top para cyclists in the country alongside the annual Thomas White TT.

Sign On & Race Start

Entry is accepted on the day - no pre-registration required.

Ample parking is available within Warrenpoint Enterprise Centre and the entry road.  Please refrain from parking in the adjacent fuel station. 

Please also take caution when travelling from the sign on area to the start line, heeding traffic which may be entering and/or exiting the Warrenpoint Fuel Station.  Riders are asked to be at the start line 5 minutes in advance of their start time and make themselves known to the race officials at the start area.

Riders will start in the order in which they sign on.  The fist rider will start at 11:01 am, 2nd rider 11:02, etc.

Defending Champion Lindsay Watson is a two time winner of the Thomas White Memorial and will be a hot favourite once again having recently joined the ‘18 minute club’ on the Warrenpoint course.

Defending Champion Lindsay Watson is a two time winner of the Thomas White Memorial and will be a hot favourite once again having recently joined the ‘18 minute club’ on the Warrenpoint course.


The course will remain the same as previous years, starting outside the gates of Wood Innovations Design Centre, travelling via the Warrenpoint Rd dual carriageway to the main Greenbank roundabout on the outskirts of Newry before returning on the opposite side of the dual carriageway.  Please note the finish line is just beyond the start as you approach it - this will be marked with a chequered flag.  You can view the course profile here: 

Post Race Refreshments and Prize giving

Tea /coffee, sandwiches and an assortment of tray bakes will be available at the event HQ in Warrenpoint Enterprise Centre following the event where prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Thomas White Memorial event and Round 8 of the 3R Mobility Paracycling Series.

Prizes for the Thomas White Memorial will be awarded to the following;

  • Fastest Overall (Top 3)

  • Fastest Para Solo (Top 3)

  • Fastest Para Hand (Top 3)

  • Fastest Woman

  • Fastest Tandem

  • Fastest Junior

  • Fastest Master 40

  • Fastest Master 50

  • Fastest Master 60

Note for Banbridge CC riders only: 

Please be aware that the Jack Carson Cup (Masters) & Lutton Cup (All categories, handicapped) are also promoted as part of the above event and your participation will contribute towards the 2019 Club League / BAR.

Entry for Banbridge CC riders wishing to participate in the Lutton Cup & Jack Carson Cup club competitions will be the normal £2, those wishing to compete as part of the Thomas White Memorial are subject to the normal £10 entry.