Cyclists to hit new heights in top race

Looking forward to Matlock's penny farthing race, Bruce Dawson, Richard Thoday and Harry Crewe
Looking forward to Matlock's penny farthing race, Bruce Dawson, Richard Thoday and Harry Crewe

CYCLING fans and revellers are invited to roll back the years and attend a penny farthing race day festival.

The Pennies in the Park event, will be held at Hall Leys Park, Matlock, with unicycles, bike polo and refreshments.

Organiser Richard Thoday, of Matlock Cycling Club which helped set up the event, said: “Plans for the race are going well. There will be lots of action with unicycle racing among the line up plus bike racing for six to 16 year-olds, bike polo, roller-racing and much more.”

Richard who clinched second place earlier this year in the first penny farthing race in the City of London for over 100 years has his sights sight on gold for the Matlock race.

And to get people into the spirit, he held free Learn to Ride a Penny Farthing sessions this month at Hall Leys Park for the public.

The penny farthing was created by James Starley in 1870 and school teaching assistant Richard is hoping to spark a revival.

Pennies in the Park, sponsored by Matlock’s Maazi restaurant, takes place from 10.30am to 3.30pm, on Sunday, with the main penny farthing race from 2pm.