The perfect sunshine helped to make the 20th Crantock Bale Push another great success. On Friday, September 13, the village was full of people of all ages enjoying the fun of rolling huge straw bales through and around the village streets!
A highlight for many was 1940’s Crooner Andy Marshall whose trademark sounds had spectators enthralled they as listened around the Memorial Hall.
Over 90 teams of all ages enjoyed the chance to compete in this barking mad event while raising much needed funds for some great Cornish charities!
Spokesman Tony Brokenshire said, ‘The sun shone on us as the young ones started their time trials and it continued for the whole of the evening.’
‘We are all waiting with bated breath for the final figure of money raised this year, and we look forward to making donations to the Sunrise Appeal and The Cove Amenity Fund, plus donations to others in the area,’ said Tony, ‘but it will be a while before the final figure is known. We were delighted to welcome Chrissie Jackson to present the trophies in the senior races.’
The 180’s (combined ages of all members of the teams) winning team was last year’s second place Cocks Massive who beat the newly reformed multi winning ladies’ team now aptly named Chicks with Walking Sticks into second place with Quarryfields 186 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 Quad Squad taking first place ahead of Tomo’s Mum Pushin Ard and Let’s Just Bale It’s Late taking third place!
Once again there were some very fast and competitive ladies in their races and with the absence of last year’s winners, The Buffs are Back took first place ahead of the Chicks and Wenches and Charlies Angels in third place.
‘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 CSLC beating the Never-Ending Fairy Bales. The 12-years and under event was won by Crossfit Crunchers with the H Bay Heroes in second, ahead of the Cross Country Winners in third. The 8-years and under saw the H Bay taking first place ahead of The New Champions, with Epic in third place.
‘The fun evening continued after the last race as the two village pubs – The Cornishman and The Old Albion, 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.
Nigel went on to say, ‘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 at The Cornishman on October 17 where we catch up with supporters and representatives of our chosen charities and organisations. Our Presentation Evening coincides with a sponsored half marathon row at The Cornishman by one of our committee members Kelly who, along with Andy Cole, is going to raise further funds for our chosen charities – details of how to sponsor them are on our Crantock Bale Push fb page.
Planning is already underway for the 21st Bale Push on the 11th September 2020.