The longest ever Straw Bale Push will happen in Crantock near Newquay this week - to raise much needed funds for Crantock girl Carly Taylor.
The staggering plan for a 24 Hour Endurance Bale Push will definitely set World Endurance and Distance records. It will start at six o’clock in the evening on Thursday 12th September and last for 24 hours, finishing on Friday 13th September at six o’clock in the evening – non-stop all through the night and day.
The team of eight friends will roll the huge straw bale non-stop, with the aim of raising £3000 to support the amazing and inspirational local girl Carly Taylor’s long term needs. Carly damaged three vertebrae in her neck in a very tragic accident in Truro in 2011, spending seven months in Odstock Hospital, Salisbury receiving very specialist treatment.
‘I am so very grateful for the on-going support from everyone. It is amazing. Including these wonderful guys doing the 24 hour Endurance Bale Push,’ said Carly. ‘It all helps drive me to continue to work hard myself, as I don’t want to let any of my supporters down.’
‘The ‘team of eight’ will take it in turns to keep a full sized straw bale moving for the full 24 hours on a 400 metre track on Crantock Village playing field’, said spokesman Kerry Drewett, one of the team of eight. ‘We expect to cover around 60 miles, before we then roll the bale to the heart of the village to join more than a hundred other teams of all ages, who will once again be racing Straw Bales through the village of Crantock for a quarter of a mile, in the famous traditional annual fund raising event.’
Bale Push Spokesman Rick Hopkins added: ‘The interest shown in this year’s main Crantock Bale Push has already been quite outstanding with teams coming from all aver the nation. But, this same wonderful endurance team, who successfully rolled for 12 hours last year supporting Carly, are now doing it for 24 hours. It is quite incredible!’
Carly Taylor continued, ‘I am also looking forward to watching the evening traditional Crantock Bale Push. You know it’s not far away when the ‘Bale Man’ appears on the main road near Crantock!
‘The total raised by the Crantock Bale Push over the last 13 years now approaches an astonishing £60,000, and this year we will once again be supporting key Cornish and local charities, including the two local Surf Life Saving Clubs of Crantock and Holywell Bay.’
“Crantock Bale Push money raised at last year’s event was the largest-ever annual figure of £7,500, when 130 teams of all ages raced against the clock for up to a full quarter of a mile. They pushed a bale of straw through the village, therefore supporting the annual fund raising effort for local and county charities. The total raised in the last thirteen years is approaching £60,000.”
The races are run in teams of four, pushing a full size round bale of straw, weighing approximately 420 lbs and measuring 4' 6" in diameter over distances of different lengths depending on the class of race. But the main course, for the '180 veterans' and the 'Open', is the full quarter of a mile through the village both up and down hill. …………….end.
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