Television personality and Rugby League Legend Martin Offiah will once again present the trophy to the winner of the Rugby League’s Fastest Man competition at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Wednesday 25th August. Last year the Leeds Rhinos academy sensation Jamel Chisolm beat Warrington’s Kevin Penny by the narrowest of margins to win the £1000 first prize and commemorative trophy.
Ten of the game’s speedsters went flat out for 96 metres along the Headingley turf in 2009 in a hair-raising appetiser for the Carnegie Floodlit 9s Final. 2010 promises to be equally exciting and Offiah is looking forward to it already.
“I can’t wait, last year unearthed a new talent in the game and that’s what so appealing about this event, we all knew that Kevin Penny had electric speed but Jamel was just that bit quicker on the night. This year I have a sneaking suspicion we will see a new name on the trophy. Speed is a massive asset in Rugby League and it’s often underutilised,” said Martin.
The full line up for the event will be announced on Monday 23rd August but already many players have put their name forward for the challenge including Rob Worrincey [Halifax], Lucas Onjango [Oldham], Reece Lynne[Hull FC], and Omari Carro from Harlequins.
“Reputations can be lost in an event like this, but it’s also a chance for a player to put their hand up and say I’m the fastest man in Rugby League”, added Martin.
The sprint challenge will see players dressed in full playing kit race 96m along the famous Headingley pitch without a ball. The winner will receive a cheque for £1000 and a specially commissioned trophy.
Turnstile prices for 9s Night have been set at £15 for Adults and £5 for Children under 16 and Concessions. A Family of 4 [2 adults and 2 Children] can pre purchase a ticket for just £20 saving £20 or 50%. Fans wishing to make an advance purchase can do so via the Headingley Box Office or through the box office at participating clubs.
The latest information about the Carnegie Floodlit 9s can be found on