Belton barrow race appeal for help

Belton Barrow Race.
Belton Barrow Race.

An Isle tradition that was brought back in to being last year is gearing up for 2014.

The Belton Barrow Race will take place on June 8, providing another day of wheelbarrow fun and mayhem for participants and viewers of all ages.

However, more help is needed on the day if the event is to be successful again.

Committee member Adele Neale said: “We would welcome anyone who is able to offer help either on the day or beforehand - any offer of assistance large or small is greatly appreciated to keep this historic race going.

“In particular we are desperate for marshals on the day - full briefing will be given and all marshals will be financially rewarded!”

The spectacular fundraising day consists of volunteers racing in wheelbarrows around the village.

It was decided last year by a newly-formed committee to restore the 1950’s tradition that came in to being after a bet was proffered for a man to be pushed for three miles around the village within a set time, and calling for a pint of beer at each of five pubs en route. It is an afternoon event that started last year at the Wheatsheaf Inn.

Now there are adult, veteran and children’s races.

A committee fundraiser takes place on March 15 in the form of an Irish Night at The Crown Inn, Belton. Tickets for home-made Irish stew and soda bread are £3.50 each from the Crown, with live music from Martin O’Francis and a leprechaun in attendance.