CRANTOCK BALE PUSH SMASHED ALL ITS RECORDS WHEN MORE THAN 130 TEAMS OF SMILING PEOPLE ENJOYED AN INCREDIBLE FUN EVENING ROLLING STRAW BALES THROUGH THE VILLAGE.
The amazing Bale Push ’12 Hour Endurance’ record making success kick-started the day with its curtain raising 6.30am start.
It successfully raised funds specifically to support local girl Carly Taylor who damaged three vertebrae in her neck in a tragic accident in Truro. ‘The early morning ‘team of eight’ kept a full sized bale rolling for 12 hours on Crantock Village Playing Field achieving nearly 38 miles in 12 hours in our aim to support Carly, before then joining in with the hugely successful traditional evening fun in the village,’ said spokesman Kerry Drewett, one of the team of eight. ‘We successfully completed our challenge raising approximately £2000.’ Carly added, ‘I really appreciate what everyone has done and thank the guys and the Bale push committee and all the helpers raising funds towards my Rehab. I much appreciate what they were doing and I am so overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of everyone.’
“The annual evening Crantock Bale Push also raised more than £7,000 again this year,” said Tony Brokenshire, the Bale Push Treasurer. “The overall sum raised at the event includes money from programme advertising, sales and collections. Some money was also raised on the night by teams racing in support of Cornwall Blind and Addenbrookes Hospital Neuro Unit, which has not been included in the overall sum.” “Naturally, we could not be more pleased with the wonderful support we receive from everybody in these tight financial times. It is a pleasure once more to assist and to support such important local charities.”
"Crantock Bale Push magic formula drew support and competitors from far and wide. “A record breaking 130 teams once again came from near and far. We had teams from France, Germany, Scotland and two teams from Ireland were each pushing a bale of straw, and therefore supporting our annual fund raising effort for local and deserving charities.”
Once again the two famous pubs in the very heart of Crantock village, The Old Albion and The Cornishman, provided wonderful hospitality throughout, allowing competitors and spectators alike a chance to relax between races, and afterwards with live entertainment.
The Open Race provided a hugely exciting and challenging event and was again won by ‘Three Tall Blokes and a Dwarf’. The Cubert Chodes achieved a very creditable second place. The winning team which is very closely connected to Newquay Hornets Rugby Club, claimed first prize, and the Cornish Championship Cup, with the fastest time of the evening, a magnificent 2 minutes 42.55 seconds.
“Other local charities the Big Bale Push is supporting in this eleventh year include the two local Surf Life Saving Clubs of Crantock and Holywell Bay who do such magnificent work with the young, and not so young, on our local beaches,” said Mr Richards. The evening started very well with the 8 and Under race, using a much lighter straw bale. The winning team was ‘Holywell Last Chance’.
“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. This year there were two Twelve and Under events and the winning teams were the ‘Holywell Gals’ and ‘Holywell Wave Riders 2’, and the 'Sixteen and Under' race was won by a team of boys called ‘Rodda and Co’. “Then, of course was the ever-popular 'Ladies' race, for the first time, the wonderful ‘Chicks with Sticks’, previously unbeatable, were beaten into second place by the ‘Water Wenches’ in a superb 1 minutes 43.43 seconds. The '180 Veterans' was won by a magnificent body of veterans representing Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club. But more astonishingly two of the team had also been part of the record breaking 12 Hour Endurance Event and had already completed nearly 38 miles of bale pushing! They ran the full course in a magnificent 3 minutes 27.09 seconds, quite amazing considering that the teams of four have a combined age totaling more than 180 years.
Crantock’s Father Jerome assisted as a Bale Stopper at the Winning Line and also presented the trophies and prizes to all the winners. ”We had a superb evening, with smiling, happy faces filling our lovely village with both visitors and parishioners enjoying themselves totally!”
“We offer our thanks to many local businesses for their support,” said the Event chairman John Richards. ‘They are the key to this major fund raising effort. We owe so much too so many businesses, from large companies to the smaller self employed individuals who help us in our charitable aims. Support comes from so many directions, led by many sponsors who buy advertising space in our free and widely distributed Bale Push Magazine’