One of Cornwall’s celebrated new annual traditions, the Crantock Bale Push event is back this week, giving hundreds of people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy themselves in the heart of the village while helping to raise thousand of pounds for local and very deserving causes!
‘It just gets bigger year after year, with teams and supporters coming from all over the UK’ said Nigel Eustice, chairman of the organising team in the lovely Cornish village. ‘From 27 teams in 2000, to 126 teams last year the participation has grown massively.’
‘In this our 14th year, the interest in joining in the annual fun event has been quite amazing and is looking to be the BIGGEST yet. So this Friday 13th September is the day to enjoy Crantock’s biggest annual event,’ continued Nigel.
‘But, this year the ‘opening event’ is actually 24 hours long! The 24 hour Bale Push is the longest ever Straw Bale Push in the world. And it is happening on Crantock Village Sports Field this week, specifically to raise much needed funds for Crantock girl Carly Taylor,’ said Spokesman Rick Hopkins.
Starting at six o’clock in the evening on Thursday 12th September, the 24 hour Bale Push will finish on 13th September at six o’clock in the evening. The non-stop bale pushing will continue all through the night and day and finish just as the main annual Crantock Bale Push event is starting in the heart of the village, which they then hope to join in with and compete – as they did last year!
The staggering plan to roll a straw bale for 24 hours will definitely set world Endurance and Distance records, all with the aim of raising £3000 specifically 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. She spent seven months in Odstock Hospital, Salisbury receiving very specialist treatment.
‘I am so very grateful for the ongoing 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.’
Crantock Bale Push has raised in excess of £55,000, for many local and Cornish charities in the last thirteen years. More than a hundred teams of four, plus their supporters, will be here all wanting to push straw bales around Crantock village for up to four hundred yards in the fastest possible time. But, fun and excitement are the main ingredients of our very own Bale Push in the heart of the village,’ said Spokesman Rick Hopkins .
‘People enjoy the Bale Push for all sorts of reasons. We have had an entry from a Ladies team called '30 for 30' - who came to watch the bale push last year and were inspired to do ‘30 things in our 30th year that we have not done before!’ So look out for Kym, Laura, Sarah and Gemma and their supporters, as they prepare to tick another one off their list…’
The start and finish of the Bale Push is between the two village pubs The Old Albion and The Cornishman who, along with The Bowgie, have been great and practical supporters of the event since the very earliest days.
Last year Crantock Big Bale Push raised more than £7,500 in support of Cornwall’s Phoenix Stroke Appeal and Crantock girl Carly Taylor along with other key local concerns.
This year the Crantock Big Bale Push plan to support four main organisations:
- The Mid Cornwall branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, who offer emotional, practical and financial help to sufferers, their carers and families.
- Newquay Coastguards Association, who are raising funds to obtain an All-Terrain multi-use trailer.
- Little Hearts Matter, who support families affected when a child is born with only half a heart. Newquay couple Lee and Danielle Pascoe face this challenge when their baby is born in October with the right side of the heart not formed properly.
- Young People Cornwall who support work with youth groups throughout Cornwall by delivering inspirational youth work supporting needs and aspirations.
This year’s Big Bale Push will be held in Crantock on Friday 13th of September, starting at 5.30 pm with the ‘Eight and Under’ race, followed by the 'Twelve and Under', 'Sixteen and Under', the 'Ladies Race', and the '180 Veterans Race', finally culminating in the main event, 'The Open Race ' at around 8.00 pm.
Nigel Eustice concluded: ‘It is firmly on the Cornish calendar and is certainly an essential part of Crantock life. It provides great fun, excitement and healthy competition for all, while also raising a great deal of money for very important charities.’
“Remember, you don’t have to be mad to take part – but it certainly helps!”