A wheely good time’s had by all at New Year’s Day races

Dan Pybus and Oscar Redman continued their wheely good winning run at a big New Year’s Day event.

The teenagers stormed to victory at the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race in an impressive time of six minutes and 52 seconds. This was the fourth year in a row that they had crossed the finish line in first place.

The main race gets underway to the delight of the large crowd'Picture Keith Robertson

The main race gets underway to the delight of the large crowd'Picture Keith Robertson

Their fathers, Alan Redman and Andy Pybus, were runners-up once again (seven minutes and 16 seconds). Paul Naughton and Jack Naughton (seven minutes and 25 seconds) finished third.

As in previous years, hundreds of people came along to watch the race and many of those who attended put some money in a collection bucket – this year’s chosen charity was Macmillan Cancer Support.

All of the participants made a donation as well and the total amount raised was £800.

The event, organised by Ponteland 41 Club with support from Ponteland Rugby Club, takes place over a mile-long course which starts and ends at the Blackbird Inn.

One of the organisers, Andy Anderson, said: “­Everyone who came along had a good time.

“As well as the serious racing, some of the people taking part wore eye-catching fancy dress outfits.

“The mild weather and dry conditions helped to make it another strong turnout and we were delighted with the amount of money raised for Macmillan.

“Thanks must go to the people who went round the crowd with a collection bucket and the Blackbird Inn for providing refreshments on the day.”

The top three in the ladies category and the junior race were as follows:

Ladies: 1 Mary Lisle and Alison Dixon (10 minutes and 51 seconds), 2 Emma Turnbull and Sally Lester (11 minutes and five seconds), 3 Joanne Brown and Nicky Morrow (11 minutes and 20 seconds).

Juniors: 1 Lucas Eaden and Will Scott, 2 Lewis and Poppy Samson, 3 Polly Reed and Louise Ellis.

Dave Taylor and Claire Kendall came last, but Mr Taylor was carrying a kitchen sink on his back, as he has done for some of his fund-raising runs over the years.

Once again, John Morris took on the traditional role of Lord Mayor of Ponteland to start the race.