The race is on to raise enough cash for Belton barrows

The start of a former Belton Barrow Race. Picture courtesy of Axholme Informer
The start of a former Belton Barrow Race. Picture courtesy of Axholme Informer

BUSINESSES are being encouraged to back plans to reintroduce Belton’s historic barrow race.

Plans are progressing to stage the annual event once more after a two year break.

And a fancy dress and pie and pea supper, with entertainment, was held at the Wheatsheaf Inn recently and made over £400 towards the new race fund.
The fundraiser was organised by a newly formed committee, which is keen to restore the modern barrow-racing tradition that began in the early 1950’s. 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.
Committee member Sue Reed explained that there are currently no barrows, medals or pots of cash to cover such necessaries as insurance, but fundraising had got off to a good start following an appeal in the Bells.

She said: “The 70’s themed fancy dress evening sold out rapidly. On the night the atmosphere was excellent and the committee would like to thank everyone who supported them either by coming along or by donating one of the 20 prizes for the raffle.”

Further fundraising events are now being planned and any businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor, support or donate towards the race should contact her on 01427 873978.
Local commitment to the race fizzled out for a short time but has recently seen a re-awakening of interest, that led to the new committee being set up.