Downhill dash racers help people living with cancer

The Downhill Dashers line-up at the start 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
The Downhill Dashers line-up at the start 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Three-wheel trikes, a wheelie bin and even a park bench were among the whacky modes of transport being used in Old Dalby Surf Club’s annual charity downhill dash.

The event on Saturday was the sixth annual running of the Downhill Dash and saw competitors hurtle down Longcliff Hill to raise £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dave Smith gets under way in his wheelbarrow 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Dave Smith gets under way in his wheelbarrow 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Eight daredevils took part in the competition which featured various home-made contraptions - a wheelbarrow, two wheelie bins, a park bench, three trikes and a wheelchair.

The rules are that entrants must have brakes, steering, a sound chassis and wear a motorbike helmet.

Organiser Geoff Gilbey of the Old Dalby Surf Club said: “The main thing was that everyone enjoyed themselves, raised money for charity and no one got injured.

“We had a few close shaves especially the wheelchair vehicle which avoided a collision with a hedge and a wall at 30mph.

The dueling wheelie bins of Geoff Gilbey and Mark Brooks  PHOTO: Tim Williams

The dueling wheelie bins of Geoff Gilbey and Mark Brooks PHOTO: Tim Williams

“This year we managed to raise around £400 but this is n’t the final total as we still have the Old Dalby Surf Club Christmas Shindig event to come.”

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the local businesses who contributed to our raffle by donating prizes. These include Digital Deadline, De Ville Jewellers and others.”