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A well deserved ale for veteran cyclists

In the leafy lanes of the tiny village of Bobbington on Saturday, 82-year-old George Boldock's challenge to his life-long friend Jack Lawley ("I'm nearly 83") had been taken up. 

The challenge was a half-mile tricycle race ending in front of the Red Lion pub.

The race was started by another octogenarian, ex-Regimental Sergeant-major Frank Owen with typical military aplomb. 

A downwards sweep of his hat gave the signal for a thousand people, including the 600 population of Bobbington to trot behind their favorites and shout encouragement.

The race lasted exactly four and a half minutes.

Clutching their silver tankards after the race - Jack (right) had scooted home by 50 yards - they looked sad and puzzled and occasionally they kept glancing towards a small cluster of farm workers, standing outside a barn, as if to make sure they were still in Bobbington.

"It was supposed to be just between me and Jack," said George,

"I'd never thought that it was going to end up like a circus".

 
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