The recent Army Cycling eRace Series (ACeRS) 2021 has been extremely popular bringing in a total of 460 Unique riders across the series.
The following are 1st, 2nd and 3rd of the age categories and other minor categories:
- Grand Masters Female – Susan Chittock; Tammy Ruvino; Emily Gardner
- Grand Masters Male – Craig Hutton; Kenneth Thompson; Andy Lewis
- Masters Female – Christina Murray; Laura Clarke; Rachel Mckenzie
- Masters Male – Dean Hunt; Alex Fortune; Carsten Duke
- Senior Female – Angela Laycock; Rosie Wild; Rebecca Graves
- Senior Male – Iain Evans; Simon Richards; Ian Brown
- Junior Female – Alice Evans; Helen Winpenny; Megan Davis
- Junior Male – Johnny Dorward; Alvin Martin; Joseph Purbrook
- Top Male Newcomer: Alex Fortune; Jonathan Simpkins, Alvin Martin
- Top Female Newcomer: Christina Murray, Rebecca Graves; Francesca Derbyshire
- Top Male Regular: Iain Evans; Simon Richards; Ian Brown
- Top Female Regular: Christina Murray, Angela Laycock; Rosie Wild
- Top Male Reservist: Johnny Dorward; James Henley; Timothy Robinson
- Top Female Reservist: Alice Evans; Jennifer Hill; Susan Chittock
- Top Male Veteran: Philip Calladine; Carl Simmons; Andrew Clark
- Top Female Veteran: Anna Bower; Vikki d’Arcy
Please click on the following link to see the full results on Defence Connect: https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/docs/DOC-552101
The series largest race was on the 10 Feb with 286 riders taking part, with 460 unique riders taking part across the series, 57 of which were women. The rider ages stretched from 21 to 70 years old, with over 5000 views of the live streams.
The last race of the series on the 24 Mar 2021 celebrated the ACU and SSAFA charity partnership launch, here are a few photographs of our members taking part and supporting SSAFA.
Division 1 saw a runaway victory going to the Royal Artillery "A" side (captained by Captain Sam Miller) winning all but one of their matches and scoring 119 points out of a possible 120. The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers "A" side came second whilst the Royal Signals "A" team was relegated to division 2 scoring just 36 points, the Adjutant General Corps "A" narrowly survived in division 1 with 40 points.
Division 2 was dominated by the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) "A" who finished on 113 points and duly earn promotion to division 1 next year. The real success story within division 2 was that of the Army Ladies Team (ALT). The ALT has gone from strength to strength over recent years, earning a nomination for Army sports team of the year 2017. The ALT eventually finished second in division 2 on 94 points with special note going to Captain Rosie Hamilton who won all of her matches at number one seed for the ALT. Both the Royal Signal "B" side and the Corps of Army Music both suffered relegation from division 2 to 3 completing a tournament to be "best forgotten" for the Royal Signals.
The Infantry team lead division 3 from start to finish winning the division with 112 points earning them promotion to division 2. The RAPTC "B" side also battled hard to secure a well earned promotion into division 2 completing a very successful year for the RAPTC as both their "A" and "B" sides gained promotion from their respective divisions.
Corps Squash within the Army remains healthy and buoyant. Whilst some fantastic high class Squash can be seen in the higher divisions it should be noted the Inter Corps Tournament also fields teams that compete on a less skilful level but matches are still competitive and played full of heart. To that end, any squash player in the Army, both regular and reserve, are encouraged to contact your Corps Squash representative and partake in this glorious sport.Click on link for full results." class="pretty_photo">
On 15th December 2017, Major General TR Urch CBE, on behalf of the Army, witnessed the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by England Squash and the Professional Squash Association at the quarter-finals of the World Squash Championships, which were held at Manchester Central.
This new partnership between England Squash and the British Army will help drive better participation, improve coaching and also facilitate the way for elite competition. For the full report written by England squash follow this link.