Fielden Cup 2015
The annual running of the Fielden Cup this year had one of its smallest fields which was, to say the least, a little disappointing. The race over a 2.2 mile course on George’s Lane is based on a handicap which this year was calculated by Pete Ramsdale. In the end the four runners had just 44 seconds between first to go and last to go and then battle it out over what was a windy Thursday night race. First off Gordon Stone, at 22 seconds Geoff Leech and last year’s winner Steve Thomasson and then at 44 seconds Paul Lewis. At the turn around point Steve had almost caught Gordon with Paul catching the field. As the race covered the final steps Paul edged in front of Gordon to hold on for a 5 second victory with Steve a further 17 seconds back in third and after a blistering start (which in hind sight was a bad idea) Geoff completed the course just 1 minute behind the winner.
Then back to the Jolly Crofters for presentation, photographs and refreshments. Thanks to Mark Burbeck for the marshalling, Christa and Duncan for support. Maybe next year for everyone else? See you then.
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