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New Cycling Award For Chester & North Wales CTC

Photo of presentation of Chester CTC's cup for exceptional service

Many organisations make awards to members for exceptional service. Often these takes the form of a cup donated by a well-wisher.. In this respect the Chester & North Wales District Association of the Cyclists' Touring Club has previously relied on its 'Certificate of Merit' to reward hard work and diligence to the cause - that is until now.

Very graciously, Iris Mills, mother of the late DA president Graham Mills, has arranged to donate a cup in his memory. Awarded annually, it is to be known as 'The President's Cup. This year's 'President's Ride' in the Vale of Clwyd was considered the ideal occasion to announce the winner for 2009..

On Sunday 28th September, starting from St Asaph the ride was 40 miles in length with a lunch stop at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd village hall. Over fifty riders took part. It was an enthusiastic audience that welcomed President Mike Cross's announcement of Lowri Evans from Ruthin as the first name to be engraved on the cup.

Here are three photos to provide a flavour of the day. In the presentation shot above we have CTC DA President Mike Cross, Iris Mills, Graham's widow Brenda, and Lowri Evans

We have also included a couple of photos from CTC Gazettes of 1934 and 1939, showing that the presenting of cups in Chester was quite the vogue before the second world war. The whereabouts of these cups is unknown. However they were awarded for success in competition, not service to fellow members, as in the case of Lowri (280909)

Group photo of participants in Chester CTC's President's Ride 2009


Photo of cylists in St Asaph on President's Ride


1934 Photo of young lady after she had been awarded a cup as the best all round cyclist


1930s Photo of Miss M Jones being awarded a cup for the third successive year