The Crantock Bale Push was another outstanding success last Friday, despite the early evening rain attempting to put a dampener on this great annual charity event.
A wonderful 101 teams of all ages enjoyed a fun evening racing Straw Bales though Crantock village. Hundreds of smiling people enjoyed another immensely successful evening whilst helping to raise more than £5,000 for various Cornish and local charities.
An amazing ’24 Hour Endurance’ Bale Pushing record breaking attempt by a team of eight friends and family of Carly Taylor, also successfully completed their aim to support local girl Carly who damaged three vertebrae in her neck in a very tragic accident in Truro.
‘Our team of eight’ successfully kept a full sized bale rolling non-stop for 24 hours on Crantock Village playing field, achieving an amazing 69 miles in our aim to support Carly. Two of us then joined in with the hugely popular traditional evening fun in the village, and in fact we were proud to claim first place in the Veterans race with a time of 3.08 minutes,’ said spokesman Kerry Drewett, one of the two. ‘We are also very pleased to have successfully completed our aim in raising approximately £3000 to assist Carly’s rehabilitation. The weather was our biggest challenge as it rained non-stop for the full 24 hours.’
‘The support from friends and supporters was also wonderful, with hot food and snacks being delivered all through the night. One of the eight, Jon Longman also successfully juggled a full day at work with Bale Pushing before and after work - and all night.’
“The 14th annual evening Crantock Bale Push raised more than £5,000 again this year,” said Tony Brokenshire, the Bale Push Treasurer, “meaning that more £65,000 in total has been raised during the 14 years of Crantock’s main Charity event, helping to support both local and county charities’.
The teams of four raced through Crantock supported by a large and very happy and lively crowd. Teams of all ages rolled straw bales for up to a quarter of a mile, including two of the Endurance Bale Pushers who had just completed their own 24 hour back-breaking stint.
"Crantock Bale Push’s magic formula drew support and competitors from far and wide again, and once again the two famous pubs in the very heart of Crantock village, The Old Albion and The Cornishman, provided wonderful hospitality throughout. They both had some very lively music giving competitors and spectators alike a chance to relax between races, and afterwards.
The Open Race provided a hugely exciting and challenging event and was again won by previous winners of the Cornish Championship Cup; Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club with a great time of 2 Minutes 48.7 seconds, with the Cubert Chodes achieved a very creditable second place for the second year on the running.
“This year we have chosen to support, as our main charities, the Mid Cornwall Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society, Newquay Coastguard Associations who aim to raise £8,500 for an all-terrain multi-use trailer, Little Hearts Matter who aim to raise awareness for when a child has only half a heart and also, Young People Cornwall who aim to help young people aged from 11 to 25.
The evening started very well with the ‘8 and Under’ race, using a much lighter straw bale. The winning team was ‘Ugly Ducklings’. “The youngsters set the tone for the evening as they enjoyed competing against each other, cheered on by families and friends.” said commentator Nigel Eustice.
The 'Twelve and Under' event was won by the ‘Holywell Bay Groms’, and the 'Sixteen and Under' race was won by a team of boys called ‘Varcoe and Co’.
“Then of course was the ever-popular 'Ladies' race. The wonderful ‘Chicks with Sticks’ reclaimed their usual winning place with a time of 2.02 minutes.
The full quarter of a mile race round the Crantock village is run by the ‘180 Veterans’ and the ‘Open’ events. The '180 Veterans' was won by a magnificent body of veterans representing Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club named ‘Holywell Vets’. But more astonishingly two of the team had also been part of the record breaking 24 Hour Endurance event which raised a wonderful £3,000 for the Carly Taylor Trust and had already completed nearly 69 miles of bale pushing finishing earlier in the evening!
They ran the full course in a magnificent 3 minutes 0.8 seconds, quite amazing considering that the teams of four have a combined age totaling more than 180 years.
Crantock’s Father Jeremy assisted as a Bale Stopper at the Finishing Line and also presented the trophies and prizes to all the winners. ”Once again a superb evening, with smiling, happy faces filling our lovely Crantock village with both visitors and parishioners enjoying themselves totally!”
“Again we offer our great thanks to the very many local businesses for their support,” said the Bale Push chairman Nigel Eustice. ‘They are the key to this major fund raising effort. We owe so much to very many businesses of all sizes, who help us in our charitable aims. Support comes from so many directions, led by many sponsors who buy advertising space in our freely distributed Program.”
The Big Bale Push race is run in teams of four, pushing full size round bales of straw, weighing approximately 440 lbs and measuring 4' 6" in diameter over distances of different lengths depending on the class of race, but up to a full quarter of a mile. Starting and finishing between the two village pubs The Cornishman and The Old Albion.
The full results may be found here.