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Bale Push bonanza

By Beth Perry 19th September 2018

Bale Push bonanza

THIS year’s Crantock Bale Push has proved to be another rolling success after more than 80 teams pushed straw bales around the village to raise money for charity.

This year’s event marks the 19th Crantock Bale Push and the sunshine on Friday helped make it a big success when the village was full of people of all ages enjoying the fun of rolling huge straw bales through and around the streets.

The Bale Man and 1940s crooner Andy Marshall were ready to greet teams and spectators as they poured into the village ready for some traditional Crantock fun. More than 80 teams of all ages enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of teams racing each other, having fun and raising much-needed funds for some great Cornish charities.

Spokesman Tony Brokenshire said: “The sun shone on us as the young ones started the evening’s races and it continued for the whole of the evening.

“We are all waiting with baited breath for the final figure of money raised this year, and we look forward to making donations to FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust), SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity) and Young People Cornwall, plus a few other donations to others in the area. But it will be a while before the final figure is known.”

The 180s – the combined ages of all members in the teams – winner was Cops and Robbers who beat Cocks (Hill) Massive into second place with Alabama Hot Pockets taking the third slot.

The main Open Event was another gripping competition between some very fit teams who pushed the 400lb round straw bale around the quarter mile course, with newly formed team the Cubert Chodes taking first place ahead of last year’s winners Cribbar, while the Big Green Surf School put in a great improvement on the 2017 performance to take third place.

Once again there were some very fast and competitive ladies in their races, with the much fancied Fairbank Belles proving that persistence and training pays dividends by taking first place ahead of last year’s winners the Water Wenches.

Third were Chicks with Sticks who have been winners in many of the previous years.

Tony said: “It is always good to see so many children taking part in the event and their happy, smiling faces and competitive approach make the event so worthwhile. The children’s races always have a special lighter weight bale and, of course, lots of help from our marshals! “

The 16 years and under races were closely fought with the Wheeny Whales winning ahead of The Albions and The Double B.

The 12 years and under event was won by No Probllama with the Bale Push Legends in second ahead of the Bale Push Wonders.

The eight years and under race saw the aptly named Unbeatable taking first place ahead of the Gingerbread Men and the Bone Thrashers.

Nigel Eustice, who commentated on the evening, said: “The fun evening continued after the last race as the two village pubs had live music and much happening to help the evening roll on until the early hours of Saturday morning.

“We are so grateful for the generosity and help, along with goodwill from all in the village and our much wider community. We could not run the event without this support. We now look forward to our presentation evening in October where we will catch up with supporters and representatives of our chosen charities and organisations.”

Planning is already underway for the next Bale Push on September 13, 2019, and the final figure raised for this year’s Bale Push will be announced later in the year.

By Beth Perry 19th September 2018

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