Crantock Bale Push – another rolling success!

The sunshine helped to make the 19th Crantock Bale Push another great success on Friday 14th September when the village was full of people of all ages enjoying the fun of rolling huge straw bales through and around the village streets!

The Bale Man and 1940’s Crooner Andy Marshall were ready to greet teams and spectators as they poured into the village ready for some traditional Crantock fun!

Over eighty teams of all ages enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of teams of 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 evenings 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 ‘, said Tony. ‘But it will be a while before the final figure is known’.

‘The 180’s [combined ages of all members of the teams] winning team 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 push the 400lbs 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 and the Big Green Surf School with a great improvement on the 2017 performance taking third place!’

‘Once again there was some very fast and competitive ladies in their races, with the much fancied Fairbank Belles proving that persistence and training pay 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.

‘It is always good to see so many children taking part in the event and their happy smiling faces and competitive approach makes 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 wining 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 Balepush Wonders. The 8 years and under saw the aptly named Unbeatable taking first place ahead of the Gingerbread Men and the Bone Thrashers’.

‘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!’, said organiser and commentator Nigel Eustice.

‘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,’ continued Nigel.

‘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 the 13th September 2019.