A RECORD field of runners are expected to contest tomorrow’s famous Tinker Cup race.
Holmfirth Harriers have been staging the event since 1908 and it’s always a firm favourite in the club’s calendar.
A handicap event – giving everyone, young and old, quick and not-so-quick – the opportunity to win, starts from Honley Cricket Club at 2pm and this year’s race has sparked a great deal of interest.
More runners than ever are expected to battle it out over walls, fences, ditches and the occasional roll of barbed wire!
It could be a tight battle at the front for the fastest time between Mark Buckingham (recently awarded the GE Duathlete of the Year), and some of the club’s fell and cross-country specialists such as Tom Brunt and last year’s runner-up, Richard Anderson.
Further back in the field, but hoping for a kind handicap, are veterans such as John Ewart and Julian Rank, while relative newcomers Jim Durrans and Graham Howatson will be pushing them hard.
For the ladies, it might just be a question of who can stop current Yorkshire and England fell runner Katie Walshaw, who is proving untouchable at the moment, but Ladies captain Helen Berry and vice captain Kath Farquhar will be trying their hardest for honours.
From Honley CC, it’s mainly off-road for competitors on an out-and-back route to Upperthong via Oldfield and Netherthong, over some rough terrain.