Club President Dick Poole was invited to present the second of two special awards at the CTT Champions Night on 26 January, the Joe Summerlin trophy, to Michael Broadwith who set a new LEJOG record of 43 hours 25 minutes and 13 seconds in June 2018 – more than half an hour faster than the previous record, which had stood for 17 years.
Dick himself was the first person to break the 48 hour mark for LEJOG almost 52 years ago, a truly remarkable record itself. This is an extract from the CTT report of the evening:
“The second award was the Joe Summerlin trophy. We were honoured to welcome Dick Poole, the first man to complete the End to End in under two days, to present the award. Dick was a close friend of Bernard Thompson’s, and it was moving to see images taken by Bernard of the record ride unfold on the screen.
Dick spoke movingly of Joe’s contribution to the sport, saying that he would be ‘tickled pink’ by this year’s recipient. The award was presented to Michael Broadwith for his superlative End to End record in June. It was a moving moment for all, seeing the two record holders embrace.”