Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Great Finborough and Haughley square up in historic Race of the Bog Men challenge

23:02 21 April 2014

Teams from Great Finborough and Haughley take part in the historic Race of the Bog Men

Teams from Great Finborough and Haughley take part in the historic Race of the Bog Men

A century-old rivalry between neighbouring villages was revived yesterday as two teams raced across the Suffolk countryside during an Easter tradition dating back to 1897.

Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch Haughley take on Great Finborough in the annual “Race of the Bog Men” – a mile-long run across the fields from Boyton Hall to the Chestnut Horse pub.

Angela Crocker, landlady at the pub in Great Finborough, said it was a “fabulous” day and a “huge success”.

“It’s been amazing,” she said. “We’ve had such a wonderful atmosphere and everyone has been fantastic.”

The race dates back to the late 19th Century when, according to legend, a group of agricultural workers facing the sack for drunkenness, were made to fight for their jobs against rivals from Haughley.

The farmer from Boyton Hall is believed to have thrown the employment contract in the air, marking the start of a race across the fields towards the Chestnut Horse pub to claim the work.

This year’s race saw the team of six from Haughley triumph over Great Finborough, marking an end to four years of defeats.

Organisers are hoping the event will match the £800 raised last year, to be split between Great Finborough Primary School and St Andrew’s Church.

Greene King provided four free barrels of beer to be sold in aid of the charitable cause and there were cake sales, barbecues and other fundraising initiatives.

Ms Crocker has praised committee members from the church and school for helping to organise the event, as well as her staff who, she said, “worked their socks off”.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The scene of a killing in Wivenhoe, Essex

A drug addict has admitted killing a man in Wivenhoe during a relapse.

Posters appealing for information into the disappearance of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague in shop windows throughout  Bury St Edmunds town centre

A five-figure reward has been offered for information which helps to find missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague.

Chris Grayling is due to unveil changes to the rail industry today.

Through trains from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford and possibly Swindon or even Bristol could be running within 15 years under a new rail model being flagged up by the government today.

Ravenswood Primary School has opened its new library and has also introduced their rainbow reading scheme, 
where siblings and parents can come and
 spend time reading.
Head teacher (in red) Karen Mills with the school council enjoying their new library.

She’s strutted her stuff across the world’s stages as the Queen of Country and now Dolly Parton has inspired an Ipswich school more than 3,000 miles from her home in Tennessee to carry on her work giving free books to youngsters.

Anne Dobson, 39, of Cressing Road, Witham

A woman who defrauded more than £201,000 from a care home where she worked has been ordered to pay back just £34,000.

Suffolk County Council has published a new report on mental health in Suffolk

One in seven adults in Suffolk has a common mental disorder such as depression or anxiety, according to a new report.

Olly Murs has announced he will be performing in Newmarket in summer 2017.

One of the country’s biggest music stars, Olly Murs, has been named as a headline act for the 2017 Newmarket Nights summer concert series.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24