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Pennies in the Park 2014 - Review

What a fantastic weekend.  The setting was stunning, the weather was beautiful and the racing was amazing.

Pennies racing

The day started for the Penny Farthings and Unicycles with the slalom races.  The Unicycles went first, then the Penny farthings, then the winner of both went against each other.  This year Dane Smith won the Unicycle, Paul Gwyther the Pennies and the Penny Farthing beat the Unicycle.

Dane on Penny


Richard and Paul

good sports

Unicycle and Penny

After the excitement of the all out head to head racing there was the Paperboy race.  This was a race around 8 doors delivering your news papers.   There was no restriction on what vehicle that was used, Unicycle, Penny Farthing, Rally Burner, racing bike or tandem.  As all paper boys/girls know... the only rule was that the vehicles must stay on the road... no riding on the grass!

mini unicycle

little racing bike

Roger and Richard

little bike

Yellow door

DaveRed door

On the Sunday the unicycles started with a 4 lap race through the grounds of Thorsby hall.  This was won by Roger (from UDC), with Dane Smith second closely followed by Cameron Peacock.




The Penny Farthing race was over the same course (but reversed)that the unicyclists used.  The race was over 45 minutes + 1 lap.   The race was very close with a lead group of 3 changing places over the whole race.  Dave Preece, just pipped Roger (UDC) and Richard Thoday to the finish.


racing pennies


All in all a great weekend.  Don't forget to look out for this event next year... well worth it.

Ice cream


UDC Pennies

2 x UDC Mk2.5 Penny Farthings.

If you want to see more images go to our facebook gallery.

Results from races at Pennies in the Park

The final list of results have been released for the Races at the Pennies in the Park event.  Listed below:

1st Mark Rushton
2nd James Shields
3rd James Summers
4th Alex Coulston Shields
5th John Webster
6th Charlie Shields
1st Steve George
2nd Matt Waters
3rd Keith Reid
4th Ed Knight
5th Andy Knight
1st Duncan Clark
2nd Roger Davis
3rd Dane Smith
4th Robert Day.

1st Jim Crew
2nd Roger Davies
3rd Dave Preece
4th Richard Thoday
5th Dane Smith
6th Joff Summerfield

7th Peter Semler

8th Michael Rusinek

9th Keith Read

10th Kat Jungnickel

11th Paul Gwyther

12th Karl Webster

13th Brown (can’t read Christian name might be Scott)

14th Leslie New

15th Matt Waters

16th Mark Grunstle? (can’t read Surname)

17th Ed Knight

18th A Knight

19th Barry Denny

Slalom Race Evandale Rules
Penny Farthing
1st Paul G 10.7 seconds
2nd Dane Smith 12.38 seconds
3rd Joff Summerfield 12.5 seconds [1 second penalty]
4th Dave Preece 13.6 seconds
5th Kat Jungnickle 13.84 seconds
6th Roger Davies 14.00 seconds
7th Richard Thoday 14.40 seconds
8th Les New 14.48 seconds
9th Jim Crew 14.56 seconds
10th Matt Trott 15.56 seconds
11th Peter Semler 15.70 seconds
12th Matt Waters 17.8 seconds [3 second Penalty]

1st Cameron Peacock 10.44 seconds
2nd William Summers 11.36 seconds
3rd Roger Davies 11.40 seconds
4th Robert Day 12.40 seconds
5th Dane Smith 12.80 seconds
6th James Shields 12.86 seconds
7th Mark Rushton 12.93 seconds
8th Rupert Taylor 14.20 seconds
9th Duncan Clark 14.60 seconds
10th Alex Shields 16.90 seconds
11th Angus Taylor 19.30 seconds
12th Ben Summers 19.60 seconds

Overall winner of Unicycle against Penny Farthing: Cameron Peacock on a Unicycle 
Some of the names on the start sheet did not have surnames
1st Dave Preece [Reigning World Champion] 2 minutes 41.90 seconds
2nd Kat Jungnickle 2 minutes 43.10 seconds
3rd Les New 2 minutes 48.3 seconds
4th Cameron Peacock 2 minutes 48.8 seconds
5th William Summers 2 minutes 49.00 seconds
6th Ben C 2 minutes 52.7 seconds
7th Josh Scales 2 minutes 59.00 seconds
8th Torin Cannings 2 minutes 57.60 seconds
9th Jim Crew 3 minutes 7.81 seconds
10th James Summers 3 minutes 13.00 seconds
11th Issac 3 minutes 22.3 seconds
12th Roger Davies 3 minutes 32.1 seconds
13th Anne Preece 3 minutes 36.00 seconds
14th John Webster [Fastest Penny] 3 minutes 44.5 seconds
15th Amber Scales 3 minutes 46.00 seconds
16th Otto C 3 minutes 53.3 seconds
17th Emily Allcock 4 minutes 20.1 seconds
18th Holly Foster 4 minutes 31.7 seconds
19th Alma Harrison 4 minutes 50.2 seconds
20th Hannah Foster 5 minutes 23.00 seconds
21st Charlotte Allcock 5 minutes 24.8 seconds
22nd Jani [Youngest rider 3 years assisted by mum] 5 minutes 59.7 seconds
23rd Tilda Harrison 6 minutes 28.7 seconds


Summer Events not to be missed!

Pennies in the Park  18-19th May
Penny farthing and unicycle race entries open

On May the 18th 2013 the 2nd Thoresby Festival of Cycling is to take place at the beautiful and picturesque Thoresby Park in front of the Victorian Courtyard and Thoresby Hall. The Festival should provide a very unique blend of events for any cycling enthusiasts and also to those who want to enjoy a unique event at a beautiful location.

The weekend will include many unusual and interesting races, including, Penny Farthing and Unicycle slalom and endurance races, the unique Paper boy race and of course British Cycling Go-ride racing for the youngsters and circuit races for youth and senior cyclists

On Saturday evening there will be a barn dance, auction and raffle with a hog roast.

Admission to the event is free, with free parking.

festival of cycling postcard

The First National Open Unicycle Road Race - 16th June
Unicycle entry form 2013

This will be held during the Horwich Festival of Racing on Sunday afternoon 16th June. There will be a male and female champion and under 16.
Its a 1 mile closed road circuit round the town of Horwich (map just posted), that's about 3 miles North West of Bolton. The race is 7 miles.

There is also a 1 mile fun bicycle race and 1 mile fun run. Plenty of fun to be had by all!   (Fee on the day £3)

Lets get as many unicyclists involed in this as possible!


Update on Pennies in the Park 2013

The Pennies in the park next year is going to be on the 18th May at Thoresby Hall.  They have a new website up with lots of more information.  They are going to attempt a world record Penny Farthing Stack.  As before there will lots of events for unicycles and penny farthings... both separately and combined!

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