A race that is wheely wacky

HUNDREDS flocked to enjoy the thrills and spills of a charity soapbox race as competitors in man-made machines flung themselves down a steep hill.

A total of 18 entrants of all ages took part in the very first Orford Wacky Races which was held yesterday.

The contest was organised by Guy Marshall and proceeds will go to the charity Help for Heroes, which supports wounded British soldiers.

Mr Marshall, 54, said: “My daughter Sophie really wanted to do something for the charity and I think someone suggested a soapbox race down the pub.

“It snowballed from that really and the response from people in the village has been fantastic. We had a great crowd of almost 300 people turn up to spur the racers on.

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“It was a great sight to see people of all ages bombing down the hill – some of the wheels fell off but thankfully there were no injuries!”

The race course ran from the front door of the King’s Head pub and down Quay Street to the front door of the Jolly Sailor pub, about 500 metres away.

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Dick Waterson, 65, scooped the fastest time for a senior, while Sam Moody was the winner in the juniors section.

The Most Entertaining Entry award went to Sam Raison – who somersaulted off his soapbox after losing a wheel – but still managed to complete the course.

Mr Marshall said: “We’re still counting the proceeds but hope to raise over �800, which is a fantastic achievement. It’s the first time the village has held such an event and it couldn’t have gone any better. In fact, it’s proved so popular that we’re already planning to hold another one next year.”

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