Brace yourself for the Belton Barrow Race

Isle residents young and old will have a wheelie good time when they revive a great local tradition - The Belton Barrow Race.

The event, which sees volunteers racing in wheelbarrows around the village, will return on Sunday, June 30.

The fundraiser was organised by the newly-formed committee to restore the 1950s tradition. It developed after someone made a bet that a man in a wheelbarrow could be pushed around the village for three miles in a specified time, calling for a pint of beer at each of five pubs en route. Coun Liz Redfern said: “The Belton Barrow Race is a great village tradition. It is really nice that the villagers have revived it.”

The race will start from The Wheatsheaf Inn pub on Westgate Road from 1.30pm.

The race schedule is as follows: 1.30pm - Adult and child race - from The Wheatsheaf to Addlesees yard and back again. At 2pm - children’s race age 7-11 - from The Wheatsheaf to Addlesees yard and back again. At 2.30pm there will be a presentation for winners of the adult and child and childrens race 7-11 by Andrew Percy and Liz Redfern.

At 2.30pm childrens race age 12-17 - from The Wheatsheaf to The Crown (drinks station) then to the Steers and Sir Solomon (water stations as both pubs now closed) via the High Street and along Westgate Road back to the Wheatsheaf. At 3.15pm: veterans race 50+ same route as 12-17. At 4.15 adult race 18+ full village route - same as veterans but including Jeffery Lane and King Edward St.

5.15pm adult, veterans and 12-17 presentations for winners. There will also be stalls, bouncy castle, refreshments available at The Wheatsheaf from around 1pm.