Crantock’s iconic Bale Man returns to his usual pre-event location just by the Crantock turning off the A3075.
The Bale Push 2018 starts rolling in Crantock Village on Friday September 14th at 5pm, and this year is supporting FLEET [Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust] in memory of Phil Eustice, SANDS [Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity] in memory of Dexter Hughes and Young People Cornwall to support their work with Cornish children, as well as other local groups and organisations.
‘It’s great to see the Bale Push Man back again for the nineteenth year in a row – he always brings a smile to people’s faces, in fact we have supporters asking where he is and when will he be ready?” said Chairperson, Nigel Eustice.
‘We look forward to seeing teams and spectators ready to roll the round straw bale from 5 pm with the Under 8’s followed by the Under 12’s, Under 16’s, also the Ladies race, who all race each other over shorter distances’, then, of course, the big ones in the Open, and the Veterans Races. Both these races are over the full quarter of a mile through the village up and down hills, pushing a full size round bale of straw, weighing approximately 420lbs and measuring 4′ 6″ in diameter starting and finishing between the two village pubs, The Old Albion and the Cornishman who also support the village so much socially, especially on Bale Push night with live music from Andy Marshall, Steve Winchester and Black Friday and fun for all!’
Crantock Bale Push has now become an essential part of Crantock life providing great fun, excitement and healthy competition for all ages, while also raising much welcomed funds for local charities and organisations. The total raised by the Crantock Bale Push since 2000 now tops an astonishing £100,478.
Remember, you don’t have to be mad to take part – but it helps!
How this barking mad event got rolling: The idea for a Big Bale Push in Crantock came from the seed of an idea which and grew! Farmer Chris Eustice discussed it with a few locals in various hostelries, The Treguth and the Old Albion to name but two. The seed was sown and Chris harvested the idea, baled it and discussed it with John Richards (Casey) who immediately saw its merits! A fairly hilarious Test Push was organised and four local worthies, namely Kittsy, Casey, Millsy and Tim Eustice formed a team. Assisted by flag-waving Jim Hardy, and with Chris Eustice the mobile marshal directing proceedings, and alerting any unsuspecting passers-by, a Bale Push was achieved around the proposed circuit……….! Three weeks later with the valuable assistance of local sponsors and supporters BIG BALE PUSH 2000 was organised. That first event raised over £800 and Crantock had a new annual local charity event. The rest is history!