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Kathleen's bet on the Races is a real winner

By Paul Lindsay

Published 25/07/2015

Honoured: Armoy Road Races founder Kathleen Hartin with club chairman William Munnis
Honoured: Armoy Road Races founder Kathleen Hartin with club chairman William Munnis

Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has paid tribute to founding member Kathleen Hartin by awarding her an Honorary Membership ahead of today's main event.

Kathleen, who helped form the club, explained how it came into being as a result of a bet, saying: "It started off as friendly banter one night in an Armoy pub when a £20 bet was placed to see whether I could get a race up and running. Well the rest is history - I obviously won the bet!

"You see, motorbikes and I have known each other since I was little - my dad used to take me to the North West 200. I've always been a great fan of Joey Dunlop and I wanted to do something to honour the memory of the Armoy Armada.

"I asked Meryvn White, Clerk of the Course for the North West 200, initially for his advice and I have to say that he came to Armoy numerous times to discuss the important aspects of running a road race.

"Without his assistance and encouragement in those early weeks and months the club wouldn't have been formed. So thank you Mervyn.

"I'm proud to see the Club staging the Armoy Road Races for the seventh year today.

"I'm also extremely delighted to receive this honour. I'm a little bit speechless, some might say that's a new thing - but I know that this is heartfelt and in recognition of my initial contribution to the club and the Races.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my wonderful husband William. He fully supported me at all times and I really couldn't have done it without him."

William Munnis, Chairman of the Armoy club, said: "It's a real privilege to present this honorary membership to Kathleen as a key figure in starting up the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club.

 "There is no doubt in my mind that the club would not be where it is today without Kathleen. She took a £20 bet very seriously indeed, and thank goodness she did!

"On behalf of all of us in the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club and from all the Armoy fans - thank you Kathleen."

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