December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Most people are content to use their lawnmowers to cut grass, but over the weekend a small band of adrenalin junkies lined up in north Essex to race theirs.
Held at Blake End Craft Centre in Rayne near Braintree, the annual Essex leg of the British Lawnmower Racing Association’s national series, saw about 20 daredevils take their place at the start line. Some competed on traditional sit-on mowers while others hunched over customised push mowers - all, it is pleasing to note, had removed their cutting blades.
According to event spokesman Rachel Banham, the spectacle attracted a large crowd, interested to find out more about this novel sport.
She said: “On Saturday we had dry, dusty conditions and on Sunday a bit of rain brought some mud, which made things interesting.
“Everyone’s having a good time and getting on with it. The racing is competitive but no-one is taking it too seriously.”
Other attractions at the event included water zorbing, archery, a giant maize maze, as well as a variety of side stalls.
All profits from the event have been pledged to Essex Air Ambulance.