A wheely good show in Pont

A community group and pub are putting the wheels in motion to celebrate the New Year and also raise money for those in need.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:26 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 4:45 pm
The start of the ladies race at Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race 2019. Picture by Nick Clark.
The start of the ladies race at Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race 2019. Picture by Nick Clark.

The annual Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race will return on January 1, beginning and ending at The Blackbird.

Supporters are invited to join the fun by cheering on competitors during the races and they can also make the most of the pub’s outdoor barbecue, with food served from 11am to 8pm.

The event, on a course about one mile in length, is organised by Ponteland 41 Club and supported by Ponteland Rugby Club.

Funds raised from entry fees, street collections and sponsorships at Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race 2020 will be split between St Oswald’s Hospice and Tynedale Hospice at Home to help people with life-limiting illnesses.

Philip Peacock, chairman of Ponteland 41 Club, believes the event is a fantastic way to start the new year.

He added: “The Wheelbarrow Race has been running successfully for many years and is growing in support every year.

“We are indebted to all those who give up their time to help on New Year’s Day and we hope this will continue with the 2020 event.”

As per tradition, the honorary Lord Mayor of Ponteland will start the main race at around noon.

Mark Turnbull and Julian Goodhall won the main 2019 race and the winners of the ladies race were Becky Frankel and Kay Myerscough.

Entry costs £10 per team for adults and £5 per team for children. Registration can be done on the day.