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 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. A fancy dress parade will begin at the Tynedale Hospice at Home shop on Merton Way at Midday.
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! The races start from outside the Blackbird Inn in the centre of Ponteland Village, just beside St Mary’s Parish Church.
It’s a lot of fun and you can ask friends and family to sponsor you to support Tynedale Hospice at Home!
The first race – the children’s race – begins at 12.15pm just outside the Tynedale Hospice shop. The women’s race will start at 12.30pm from outside the Blackbird Inn, with the men’s race kicking off at 12.45pm outside the Blackbird Inn.
Coffee, tea and other snacks and refreshments will be available from the Blackbird Inn from 11am.
Download your entry form here: Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race Entry Form 2018