Success for Knutsford Great Race
Over 80 competitors from all over the world took part in this historic event and the crowds came in their thousands to cheer them on.
In racing strip or Victorian costume, each competitor entered into the spirit of the race – putting his or her upmost into every lap of the circuit round the Moor determined to cycle as many laps that they could in the three hours of the race. And, yes, there was a winner, Jim Brailsford of Yorkshire, but much of the fun was in the taking part.
All day, excitement had been building in Knutsford as more and more penny farthings arrived in town and riders began to practise on the course. Gleaming cars, old and new, took their places on the Moor along with children’s rides, marquees, sponsors’ displays and Mereside Brass Band.
The competitors and their supporters mingled with the crowd, soaking up the atmosphere until they were called away for a mass photograph and then the start of the race, with Simon Gregson (Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald) waving the chequered flag.
Huge numbers of volunteers had worked hard on the day and for many months before to make the event run smoothly and thanks must go to them and the many sponsors who made the Knutsford Great Race possible.
Not only did they stage an event for the town to be proud of but all profits will go to the charity Shelterbox, the disaster relief charity.
Click here and here to view and buy the official race pictures – 50% of all photographic the sales go directly to race charity Shelterbox. Click here for the official race photographer Jonathan Farber
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