The Ponteland Wheelbarrow race has been part of village life for 700 years, and is a traditional part of New Year’s Day celebrations for many local people! Tynedale Hospice at Home are proud to be a beneficiary of the event and we are urging our supporters to come along and enter a two person team, to help raise funds for the Hospice.
The race begins at 12pm on 1st January at the Blackbird Inn in the centre of Ponteland village, beside St. Mary’s Parish Church. The tradition is thought to date back to the early 14th Century, when, during a particularly severe winter the Lord of the Manor encouraged local residents to go out and forage in the surrounding countryside to gather what they could in order to help them survive the bitter winter. The event is started promptly at Noon by a local celebrity who is appointed as “Lord Mayor of Ponteland” for the day.
Each two-person team are required to cover the just under one mile long course, with one member of the team always occupying the wheelbarrow and the other pushing. Wheelbarrows will be provided for you! The current record is just 8 minutes, but we think our supporters can do even better!
It’s a lot of fun and you can ask friends and family to sponsor you to support Tynedale Hospice at Home!