The annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot was held on New Year's Day 2020.
This is a cracking way to start the New Year with plenty of laughter and fun whilst raising money for worthY causes and we had a day blessed with perfect dry weather ensuring and welcoming an excellent spectator turn out to shout on the teams.
The race for teams, of at least four members pushing their barrows, takes a circular route through the lanes of Sunninghill Village with four compulsory drink station stops at the The Duke, Tuss Hill Road, The Dog & Partridge and the The Carpenters Arms. The start is at St Michael's School where before the race the Louisiana Rhythm Kings belted out classic tunes to entertain the waiting teams and spectators along with St Michael's PTA who organised a coffee and breakfast bar. The Bacon smelled gorgeous and the coffee gratefully drunk.
This year we had 18 teams sign up for the race and as usual the imagination and fun of the Ascot area community shone through. We had the Cowes Ferries (Mooos) from the Hope Trust , Schoo Bee Doo Bee Doos being chased by Ghosts and Ghouls from the members of the Sunninghill Currie Club, Over the Sunninghill, Tour de Sunninghill and Wheely Good Hymns, and Super Heroes to name just a few. Good to see so many wonderful families and mixed teams with the likes of Preserve and Conserve promoting environment awareness. ..Charlie you are supposed to push the barrow not carry it.
The roads closed at 11.45 and the race commenced at noon.
The fast teams quickly shot off around the course vying for fastest teams whilst others took a more sedate pace showing off their costumes and barrows whilst singing a song or two bringing large smiles to the faces of the on looking crowds of spectators.
It is just brilliant and truly demonstrates the fantastic community spirit of the Ascot Area and Sunninghill Village in particular.
After the last barrow finished all congregated in the Comrades Club where drinks and a Hog Roast welcomed and where the Prize giving, raffle draws and auctions were held.
Fastest Men’s team went to the Scooby Bee Doo Bee Doos
Fastest Mixed team to Maya
Best Dressed Junior team - Wheely Good Hymns
Best Dress - Cowes (Moos) - Hope Trust
Most sponsorship money raised by a team - The Hope Trust
All in all just a fantastic day enjoyed by all. We have not finished completing the accounts but we do know we will be able to donate £7000 to the Ascot day Centre and should have some over to use to support other local charity groups.
And last but certainly not least a special thank you to all the spectators who gave generously, the myriad of volunteers providing marshalling and collection duties along with our sponsors Signature Homes, Ascot Race Course, Marist School, Beverley Williams Estate Agents and the Carpenters Arms.
© 2020 Rotary Club of Ascot
Club Number - 19227
Registered Charity Number - 1092176