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Tinker Cup 2016 - Report

Craig Noble Winner (Fastest time Chris Law, Fastest Lady Katie Walshaw)

Nervous anticipation before the start!

Nervous anticipation before the start!

On Saturday 17 December 2016, members of Holmfirth Harriers AC gathered at Honley Cricket Club to take part in the club’s oldest and most prestigious race, the Tinker Cup, which was first contested in 1908. There was a good turnout of 70 athletes who assembled at the start on the recreation ground in Honley. The conditions were quite good, muddy in places but visibility was good and not too cold. The course crosses Long Lane, Thong Lane, New Road in Netherthong, down to Mark Bottoms, picking-up Hill Lane and Binns Lane in Upperthong, before returning to the finish on the recreation ground to the rear of Honley cricket pavilion.

On the way to New Road Netherthong, Lucy Byram, Gareth Humphries, Erica Byram and Andy Shaw

On the way to New Road
Netherthong, Lucy Byram, Gareth
Humphries, Erica Byram and Andy Shaw

The race included 11 novices, tackling the race for the first time (not eligible to win the Tinker Cup in the first year they compete), 7 guests and included 20 ladies in the 97th running of the event. The athletes set off at a brisk pace and two of the young men Lewis Byram and Chris Law soon had a decent lead. They quickly arrived at Dean Brook Road as the field began to spread out and by the time they crossed New Road after climbing over a number of obstacles the rest of the field were losing contact with the leaders. Amongst the chasing group were Joe Law, last year’s winner, Jonny McLean, Phil Hewitt and Fell Internationals, Katie Walshaw and Ladies Captain, Helen Berry in the top ten places.

On the return leg from Upperthong eighteen-year-old, Chris Law had the lead followed closely by Lewis Byram, there was then a gap of over two minutes before Katie Walshaw and Jonny McLean came into view and then a gentle stream of athletes followed jockeying for position in the hope of winning the coveted Tinker Cup. Chris Law was able to increase his lead in the closing stages finishing in first place (45.02) an improvement of over a minute on his winning time the previous year and claiming the Ian Roberts Trophy for the fastest time. Lewis Byram finished 2nd in 45.50 and Katie Walshaw was 3rd in 48.50 retaining the Norman Haigh Trophy for fastest female. The 2015 Tinker Cup winner, Jonny McLean finished 4th recording the same time as Katie Walshaw in a great battle to the finish. The first novice to finish was Lavell Pierre finishing in 12th place (53.14) and not too far behind the two youngest competitors in the race seventeen-year-old twins, Erica Byram 15th (54.00) and Lucy Byram 19th (54.36). The handicap winner of the Tinker Cup with an improvement of over five minutes on his first run last year was Craig Noble, who finished 24th overall in an actual time of 57.51 and a winning handicap time of 39.21. Second on handicap was Robert Hinchliffe who finished 14th overall (actual time 53.46, handicap time 40.16) and 3rd place on handicap was Liz Woodfield who finished 45th overall (actual time 1:04:38, handicap time 41.38).

Tinker Cup Winner, Craig Noble and Martin Seddon (50 years service)

Tinker Cup Winner,
Craig Noble and Martin Seddon
(50 years service)

The presentation of trophies took place at the club’s Neiley Headquarters, President John McFadzean presented a former winner of the Tinker Cup Martin Seddon an award for completing 50 years as a member of Holmfirth Harriers and he in turn presented the Tinker Cup to this years’ winner, Craig Noble.

Photos available here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/hhac/31746584095/ (thanks Deborah)

Race results here: http://www.holmfirthharriers.com/joomla-pages-iii/category-list/26-fell/851-tinker-cup-results-2016

Pre-2012 news, results & reports are on the old sites: 2009 to 2011, Pre-2009

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