‘It just grows and grows and is looking to be the BIGGEST yet, so put Friday 13th September in your diaries to enjoy Crantock’s biggest annual event. It has grown from strength to strength every single year of its life, and the interest and support from individuals and local businesses this year is again quite astonishing!’
‘Crantock Bale Push has raised in excess of £55,000, for very many local and Cornish charities in the last thirteen years. This year the Bale Push is supporting the Mid Cornwall branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Newquay Coastguard Association, Little Hearts Matter and Young People Cornwall for their main Fund-raising appeals. But we shall also once again be supporting many other local Appeals and Organisations,” said Crantock Bale Push Secretary Tony Brokenshire.
‘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 Crantock Big Bale Push in the heart of the village.”
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. 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 on Crantock Playing Field prior to the main Bale Push event. (www.carlytaylorfightingback.co.uk)
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.
‘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!”