50th Eddie Soens handicap

Saturday will see the 50th Eddie Soens handicap race at Aintree. The list of winners is a who’s who of North West cycling although Stanmore’s own Tony Gibb shares the record of four wins with doug Dailey.

I have tried to recall why I didn’t ride despite the early editions coinciding with my best years (a relative term!). The reason is that Bill Bradley never raced in March and that meant that hard rider training bashes continued until Bill started racing in April. Myself and the rest of the troops spent March bashing ourselves silly on long hard rides to get Bill fit. If this sounds like a complaint it is not meant to, I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

The Soens must be the only classic race to have been won by a husband and wife couple. In 1978 Terry Dolan, Liverpool Mercury, triumphed and in 1991 Mrs Terry Dolan (Julie Hill as she then was) won.

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