AND THE RAIN STAYED AWAY - JUST!
The 2012 Boxing Day Pram Race
Well done everyone – another successful Pram Race. The number of entries was down – perhaps the earlier start caught out a few people out – but the enthusiasm and support was as strong as ever.
700 runners pushed about 80 carefully crafted ‘prams’ round the 3.5 mile course gamely cheered on by those who braved the menacing rain clouds. The minor changes to the Start layout and registration process seemed to work well and the watchful eye of the Police and over 40 marshals ensured the event once again passed off without incident.
Congratulations to all the winners and especially to the five teams who completed the Fastest Pram event:
The John Sanderson Trophy for The Fastest Pram
1st. 106 - Prison Break, 34m30s
2nd. 25 - Chapel and Goose, 36m39s
The Pram Trophy for The Best Dressed Pram
1st: 120 - Swan Lake
2nd: 24 - Prince Harry Does Vegas
3rd: 96 - UP
The Andy D’Agata Trophy for The Best Engineered Pram
20 -Wiggo’s Wascals
A huge thank you also to the Mayor, Police, St John's Ambulance and the marshals who helped ensure that traffic flowed smoothly and runners were able to take part safely. Without their support the event could not go ahead.
Thanks also go to the publicans and their teams of staff who worked frantically to prepare, serve and tidy up on a day they would no doubt prefer to be spending a bit more quietly, and to the Parish Council and the Wooldridge sweeper team who put out signs and tidied up.
What it's all about
The whole purpose of the Pram Race is to raise money for charity (Charity Registration Number 1145317) and the Committee is delighted to have been able to distribute over £8,000 to a wide range of local good causes in 2012. We're hoping to be able to give out a similar amount in 2013 but the costs of running the event are going up.
A full list of those who have benefited from donations in 2012 is listed on a separate page of the website. For those wishing to be considered for grant of funds from the recent event, please make sure that you apply to the Treasurer early in 2013 - details on the 'About Us' page.
Think you can contribute?
The Pram Race doesn't run itself, well not quite! As you'd expect after all this time we've got the organisation pretty much sorted. However, we are always making small changes to make the race run more safely, smoothly and with the minimum of disruption to the Village.
If you think you could contribute time, energy or ideas then the Committee would be very pleased to hear from you. We are always looking for local people willing to contribute to making the race a continued success.