Shropshire soap box derby set to return

Shropshire’s answer to Wacky Races will return this weekend with hopes for another record-breaking year.

Shropshire soap box derby set to return

A competitor from previous years

Home-made carts of all shapes and sizes will once again be rolling down Hanway Common at Richards Castle for the annual soap box derby.

The event, now in its 13th year, saw a record 30 carts racing last year raising a best-ever £10,000 for a range of good causes.

Entries include regulars and locals Teme Treasure, reigning champion C12 and Team Chuckle Racing.

In previous years cart teams have come from all over the country to take part in the event, which sees the engine-less vehicles sent down a 550-metre course and has featured carts made up to look like everything from Daleks to the Flintstones’ family car.

Kate Pearce, a member of the organising committee, said: “We have a good entry of soap boxes this year, plus we have created a special prize for the best themed soap box celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, so we hope to see some soap boxes fit for a queen.”

Run by volunteers since 2004, Richards Castle Soap Box Derby has raised nearly £80,000 for local charities. This year funds raised will go to Dreamcatcher, a Shropshire-based charity giving memorable experiences to children suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses, as well as Orleton Youth Club and Close House Youth Centre, Hereford.

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