Storms wins Waller Pain hill-climb

John Storms, winner, Waller Pain Hill-Climb 2012
(Image credit: Nigel Wynn)

John Storms (Kingston Wheelers) won the 2012 edition of the Waller Pain hill-climb in Caterham, Surrey, on Sunday.

Storms missed out on matching the event record by just three seconds, completing the 0.31 mile course with 210 feet of ascent on Waller Lane in one minute and 17 seconds. Matthew Pilkington set the record last year with 1-14, but was absent from the event this time around.

James Graham (GS Gazzetta) was second, with Nigel Wynn (Cycling Weekly) in third.

Gem Atkinson (Rapha Condor) posted the fastest women's time of 1-59 and set a new women's course record in the process.

Oliver Cliff (VC Londres) also bettered the previous marker for Youth rider with his time of 1-39. Molly Cooke was fastest female youth rider.

With the emphasis on all-inclusive fun, the winners of the remaining two categories, unsympathetically called Fat Dad and Fit Mum, were Mark Pettifor and Jo Bas-Thornton respectively.


Waller Pain hill-climb 2012: Senior men

1. John Storms (Kingston Wheelers) in 1-17

2. James Graham (GS Gazzetta) 1-24

3. Nigel Wynn (Cycling Weekly) 1-24

4. Tom Willard (Going Backwards) 1-37

5. James Rowland (Skid Marx CC) 1-38

6. Simon Rowland (GS Gazzetta) 1-43

7. Paul Morgan 1-44

8. Matt Miller 1-44

9. Patrick Trainor (Norwood Paragon) 1-44

10. Stephen Roach (Norwood Paragon) 1-47

Senior women

1. Gem Atkinson (Rapha Condor) 1-59

2. Alison Whyatt 2-43

Youth men

1. Oliver Cliff (VC Londres) 1-39

2. Thomas Hawkes (Addiscombe CC) 3-00

3. Andrew Hambleton 3-05

Youth women

1. Molly Cook 4-15

2. Katie Morgan-Williams 4-41

3. Freya Greatwood 5-38

Fun women

1. Jo Bas-Thornton 2-44

Fun men

1. Mark Pettifor 2-37

Youth winner Oliver Cliff

Fastest 'dad' Mark Pettifor

Women's winner Gem Atkinson

Overall winner John Storms

Cliff, Storms and Pettifor

Related links

2011: Pilkington sets new record in Waller Pain hill-climb

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.