July 19, 2018

The 2018 Harvey Warren Trust Wheelbarrow race

Fundraising Events, News

The 2018 Harvey Warren Trust Wheelbarrow Race took place on New Year’s Day this year. We were, of course welcomed initially by rain but due to the Trustees of the Hampton Park Pavilion kindly allowing us to use the premises for the occasion, we gathered there first and we all remained dry.

As the 1200 start was approaching, we were awaiting one further team. As we all peered out from the shelter of the pavilion terrace, they arrived and with them, thankfully the sunshine.

We all assembled in the car park ready for the off and following a few photographs, the familiar sound of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ was heard and we were off !

As usual, there were a delightful mix of costumes and as Pirates in a Pirate ship barrow, Father Christmas, a young footballer with a football cargo, a delightfully decorated pram containing our youngest contestant, a traditional Indian barrow and a horse and jousting knight set off there were cheers from the assembled onlookers.

A very enthusiastic Rudolf with a mini Father Christmas passenger set a pace from the start with which few of us were able to keep up so some of us were more than happy to have a gentle jog or walk around the course and enjoy the sunshine.

Once again, it was so fantastic to have so many people come out to cheer everyone on and it really makes all the difference to all involved.

Needless to say, Rudolf and Santa crossed the line first and what a great effort in what must have been a record time. Maybe next year, we will have to start timing the winner !

The event is, however about taking part, having fun, meeting new people or those met previously and of course raising precious funds for charity.

As the last of us trudged across the finish line, it was time for prize giving prior to heading in to the Pavilion for Chilli and Gluhwein , Hot dogs and juice.

Our winners were in no particular order:

Most sponsorship raised: Jess and Suri Dunford

Best dressed team and barrow: Craig Somers with Nathan Green and Zac Somers

Fastest Wheelbarrow: Neil Green and Amy Green

It was wonderful to have the facility of the pavilion for everyone who participated, spectated and helped with the event to spend time together and celebrate the race and the New Year. As the Chilli and Hot dogs were consumed and the Gluhwein diminished ‘very’ rapidly, we held a raffle for all the prizes which were so generously donated.

All in all, we all had a splendid time and, as ever, it was a great way to see in the New Year.

We hope to see everyone again next year and please do spread the word so we can make the 2019 event even better.

We would like to thank a lot of people this year and first of all those who came along in whatever capacity for the day.

We could not, however hold this event without the kindness of Homebase Salisbury for lending us the wheelbarrows each year. Thank you once again.

Thank you to the Hampton Park Pavilion Trustees for allowing us to use the pavilion.

Thank you to Spencer Mulholland and the Salisbury Journal for once again covering the event and taking the most fabulous photographs.

Thank you also so very much for the very kind donations of prizes for our Wheelbarrow category winners and the raffle winners.

We were lucky enough to have been donated prizes by the following companies (in no particular order):

  • Cholderton Charlies
  • Nandos
  • Sainsbury
  • Roly’s Fudge
  • Finkley Down Farm
  • Cambridge Wines
  • Bills Restaurant
  • Strikers Bowling
  • Craft bar Salisbury Arms
  • Haunch of Venison
  • Black Horse at Hurdcott
  • Cactus Jacks
  • Byron Burgers

Thank you all once again and we very much hope that we can look forward to your support again.

Happy 2018

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