The Champagne League is organised by City of Hull AC and originated in the 1970’s as the brainchild of the late Pete Jarvis, who organised it for over 30 years.
The Champagne League now consists of a series of 10 races, taking place between March & July over the roads and country of East Yorkshire. Due to its popularity, only local clubs are now invited to take part, and it is limited to 190 runners. Each race is handicapped with three staggered starts within the series.
There are numerous prizes to be won throughout the series and all runners who complete all 10 races receive a commemorative T-shirt.
Presentation night was on Friday 30thAugust at Hessle Rugby Club. The Ladies ‘Yellow Jersey’ for the fastest female runner, was won by Carla Stansfield. No woman has ever been 1st Lady in all 10 races, and the victories were by unprecedented margins. In addition, Emma Greensmith came 3rd.
In the handicap events, Paul Evans came 2nd overall and Elaine Julian, who has made immense progress this season, was delighted with her 6th place, which also gave her 4th place in the ladies competition. Christine Hemmingway was another big improver and came 8th in the ladies competition.
In the men’s competition was won overall by Paul Evans, with Richard Tomlinson 3rd, Steve Hadley 5th, John Boardley 6th and Andrew Meese 7th.
Team events also yielded more accolades. Calling themselves ‘213 Not Out’ after their combined ages, Frank Harrison (City of Hull & Beverley AC) John Boardley and Pete McNally, claimed the amazing achievement of 2nd prize.
Finally, in the Champagne League Trophy category, Paul Evans came 2nd.
Report by Andrew Grainger