Matlock’s Thoday takes UK penny farthing title

Richard Thoday crosses the line on Eastbourne seafront to take the UK penny farthing title.
Richard Thoday crosses the line on Eastbourne seafront to take the UK penny farthing title.

Matlock CC’s Richard Thoday became UK National Penny Farthing Champion at the weekend after taking victory on Eastbourne seafront.

A week after competing in the famous Smithfields Nocturne penny farthing race in London and taking third place, Thoday headed to the south coast for the UK Championships, part of the Eastbourne Festival of Cycling.

The event was a circuit race on Eastbourne seafront and after avoiding a crash on lap two, Thoday took the opportunity to speed away from the front group of riders. By the end of the race he had almost gained a lap on the chasing lead group and went on to comfortably win the title.

Thoday will now head to the European Championship to be held in Bruges in September.

Meanwhile, Matlock CC held a 25-mile time trial event and Patrick Gould was in great form, equalling the club veteran record of 55 minutes 32 seconds to take victory from Kevin White and Richard Cordin.

The Matlock CC club ten-mile time trial saw Kevin White win with a time of 22:47 ahead of Chris Green and Andy Woolf.

In the Long Hilly club time trial championship event Chris Green took the club title with Steve Strange second and Steve Heading third, while in road racing at the Curborough Circuit near Lichfield, Jack Clay was third in the senior race and Ben Mellor fifth in the U10 race.

The fourth round of the Midlands XC Mountain Bike series was held at the Wyre Forest and Matlock rider George Parker took fourth after a difficult start in the youngsters race.

Amelie Wayte (Zepnat RT) took third place in the juvenile female race and Nick Edwards was fifth in the juvenile male event. Jonathan Edwards was sixth and Chris Watts eighth in the grand veteran male category

The Nutcracker Altura MTB Racing event took place at Parkwood Springs near Sheffield and featured many local riders.

In the junior race Will Gascoyne took the win with Gregg Booker (Team Elite) third.

In the Sport Female event Emily Watson-Thoday was fourth, in the youth female Ffyonna Booker fifth and in the veteran race Matt Ingram 16th. Tim Gould (Zepnat RT) took the victory in the Grand Veteran race.