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Posted on 17/07/2013 by Bale Push Administrator in General News Press Releases

Look out for our latest press release going out to the local media in the next few days.

Crantock Big Bale Push support new appeals for 2013

2013’s Crantock Big Bale Push event is this year supporting the Mid Cornwall branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Newquay Coastguard Association, Little Hearts Matter and Young People Cornwall for their main annual Fund-raising appeals.

“But we shall also be supporting many other local Appeals and Organisations,” said Crantock Bale Push Secretary Tony Brokenshire.

“We are once again expecting more than a hundred teams of four plus their supporters, all wanting to push straw bales around Crantock village for up to four hundred yards in the fastest possible time.”

“This highly popular annual event will again be promising fun and excitement as the main ingredients of Crantock’s Big Bale Push in the heart of the village on Friday 13th September.”

Carly’s family and friends are continuing to work hard to help Carly improve her mobility after damaging three vertebrae in an accident. To assist in supporting Carly’s future needs, a separate but quite incredible, 24 hour Bale Push event will take place in Crantock prior to the main Bale Push event.

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.

“Now in its fourteenth year, Crantock Big Bale Push has raised and distributed nearly £55,000 to many deserving causes and local charities,” said Bale Push Chairman Nigel Eustice, "the events would not take place were it not for the generosity and support of our many sponsors amongst local businesses and the residents of Crantock.”

The 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.

Spokesman Rick Hopkins said: "The Big Bale Push event is growing each year and it is easy to understand why as its reputation is now nationwide with visitors and guests from far and wide. 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 raising a great deal of money for important Cornish and local charities.”

“Remember, you don’t have to be mad to take part – but it certainly helps!”

The race is run in teams of four, pushing a full size round bale of straw measuring 4' 6" over distances of different lengths depending on the class. But the main course is a full quarter of a mile through the village both up and down hill. It starts and finishes between the two Crantock village pubs The Cornishman and The Old Albion.

Registration can take place before the event with forms available at the Start, on race day.