Events in Newquay: At Crantock Village, on Friday, September 8, 2017, a number of proper job straw bales will sit close to the start line for the first race in this year’s BIG Bale Push. All you need to compete is three other barking mad team mates who will attempt to push a straw bale – weighing 420 lbs and measuring about 4’ 6” in diameter – around the beautiful village of Crantock.
This very popular event – and probably Cornwall’s quirkiest fundraiser – takes many months in the planning but come 5pm on the night, and in a relaxed and supportive ambience, the youngest children will take their positions behind a specially prepared bale to get the BIG Bale Push 2017 races rolling, The children’s events are:
- 8 years and under
- 12 years and under
- 16 years and under
The excitement quickly builds as the first adult entrants step up to the start line for The Ladies Races, followed by the 180s Veterans (combined ages!). The atmosphere is electric by the time the competitors in the last class – The Open – get on their marks and get ready to roll.
The adult races are fiercely competitive but fun to watch, especially those in the last event which necessitates rolling these huge straw bales over a full quarter of a mile route – up and down hill – around Crantock Village in the fastest time. But the real winners of the BIG Bale Push’s madness are local charities which benefit from this exuberant event.
Details of last year’s event is available via Bale Push How to Enter. If you don’t want to pre-register your team, you can sign up on the evening at the start line.
At the turn of the 21st century, the first event raised over £800. From such comparatively modest beginnings the event has grown annually and has surpassed all expectations of its small group of founder members. The total money raised to date exceeds £87,000. All those involved always hope to beat all previous records in this highly enjoyable and incredibly well supported fundraiser.
One thing is certain about the BIG Bale Push, you don’t have to be mad to take part in this completely bonkers event, but it does help.
To get a better idea of the fun that awaits competitors or spectators, please have a look at our Facebook photos taken last year.
or check out a BIG Bale Push video from 2011 – woo hoo