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Downhill route to race success


Competitors of all ages hurtled at top speeds down a hill in a village’s first race for homemade carts.

About 150 people turned up to watch the daredevil teams take part in the event on Hill Road, Orston.

Because of the risk to competitors, no organisation took responsibility for the event and those taking part accepted liability for their own safety.

During the event there were no major injuries but a competitor was taken to hospital by ambulance after crashing into a wall at about 30mph.

Cheryl Mason (41) of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, a trainee riding instructor at Dovecote Farm Equestrian Centre, Orston, was released from hospital after suffering only minor injuries.

First aid was provided by two nurses, who were on standby for the event, before the ambulance arrived.

The idea for the race, held on New Year’s Day, came from a parish councillor, Mr Will Gunn.

He opened up his workshop at the end of last year for people to make carts.

Mr Gunn said the downhill race would now become an annual fixture on the village calendar.

He said the race was put together in a short space of time but would be more organised next year.

He said a proper committee would be set up and proceeds from the event would go to the air ambulance.

Mr Gunn said: “I don’t know where they all came from. It was a huge success. It brought out the child in everybody.”

The carts were made from a variety of materials including one created from a wheeled bin.

Twelve teams took part, with some people racing on their own and others racing as a team, but not everyone made it to the end of the course.

The event featured individual time trials and then all the carts went down the hill at the same time for the finalrace called the destruction derby.

The fastest time was recorded by Mr Tom Hawthorne (23) of Flawborough Hall, Flawborough, who finished in 21 seconds and then came first in the destruction derby race.

Only three teams made it to the end of the course in the final race, with Mr Gunn finishing in second place.

Dan Pargin (16) of Green Acres, Whatton, and Will Schofield (15) of Hawton Road, Newark, came third after they had stayed up all night to create their wheeled bin cart.

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