2024 Club 6

A bright and sunny day up at Farnley Tyas greeted runners, marshals and spectators for this year’s running of the Club 6 Road race.

50 harriers had pre-entered the race and 45 turned up at the Club on Saturday 16th to collect their numbers and be told of their handicaps and start times.  After the usual cries of disbelief, the competitors made their way up the hill to the start line next to Farnley Tyas Recreation Field.  The start times this year ranged from 09:30 to 09:55 and the road was soon full of amber vests running the two loop course.

First across the line was novice Mani Palmer in 40:31.  Mani is obviously a runner – the ‘novice’ refers to having no previous race form and not being given a handicap and therefore being one of the first to set off.  It’s fair to say that Mani will certainly have a handicap next year.

The rest of the field was called forward and set off at their allocated slot, the idea being that all runners would finish at about the same time.  But this is a race and the effort and determination was plain to see as they each battled to beat their handicap, and catch the runner in front.

The handicap winner and now proud holder of the Walter Greenwood Trophy was Hannah Austin (46:51, 09:09 better than handicap).  Elspeth Taylor (52:08, 05:22 better than handicap) was second and Lucy Clarke (51:54, 05:06 better than handicap) was third.

Fastest overall and winner of the Past Winners Cup was Damian McQueen (36:23).  In a very close race, Damian pipped Paul Sammonds by 27 hundredths of a second.

Fastest lady was Katie Wilshaw in 37:30.

Very well done to all our winners.

The club would like to thank all the volunteer marshals, timekeepers, handicappers and tail cyclist that make the race possible and a reminder that entries are now open for the Club 5 on Tuesday 21st May.

Full results can be found on the results page.

 

Hannah Austin being presented with the Walter Greenwood Trophy

Damian McQueen with the Past Winners Cup

Fastest Lady, Katie Walshaw

Fastest Novice, Mani Palmer

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