A FORMER Dalesman has praised agricultural show organisers after he successfully lobbied for equal prize money for women competitors in the sports events.
Richard Huntrods, of Elmshaw Road in Putney, London, was shocked to learn in the summer, while attending Kilnsey Show and Sports, that men competed for a bigger cash reward.
The fastest man in the crag race stood to receive £150 while the first woman across the line was rewarded with £60.
Mr Huntrods, who grew up in Grassington, makes the pilgrimage every year to the event accompanied by his four daughters.
He was questioned by his “incredulous” girls as to why the prize money was different between men and woman and he was unable to explain, he said.
“I’m delighted to say that after a short correspondence with the organisers, they have decided that for 2016, and from now on, the prizes will be equal,” he added.
“I would like to thank Kathy Lambert, the show secretary, for taking my points on board and the race steward for changing the policy.”
Mrs Lambert said the race steward had written to Mr Huntrods to explain all crag races would be restructured this year and hoped he would continue to support the show.[…]