A wheely fun way to start the New Year

The start of the main Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race on New Year's Day 2015, which was won by Dan Pybus and Oscar Redman.
The start of the main Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race on New Year's Day 2015, which was won by Dan Pybus and Oscar Redman.

A wheely good show will once again take place on New Year’s Day.

And as well as a new opportunity for businesses, the organisers of the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race are planning to run a women-only race for the first time.

The annual event takes place over a mile-long course, which starts and ends at the Blackbird Inn.

Registration is at 11am on the morning of the races – it costs £2.50 each for a team of two. As per tradition, the honorary Lord Mayor of Ponteland will start it at noon.

Although previous participants have described it as being hard work, they also said it was a fun occasion, with all money raised from the event going to good causes.

Stuart Young, operations manager at the Blackbird Inn, said: “This tradition spans back such a long time and it is a privilege every year to be part of the event.

“We hope the women of Ponteland and surrounding villages take on the challenge and we are keen to see who will be crowned the winners of the first female-only race.”

The wheelbarrows will be supplied by event organisers Ponteland 41 Club and Ponteland Rugby Club.

The funds collected during the 2016 races will go to Ballboys, a testicular cancer charity, and St Oswald’s Hospice.

Businesses can get their logo on the side of their wheelbarrow and take it home afterwards. For more details, call Andy Anderson of Ponteland 41 Club on 01661 871844.