The sun shone, the crowds came out, the pubs were packed and once again the Whitchurch Pub Race proved that community spirit is alive and well in this wonderful small town. Lots of photos from the day are below.
With a new start and finish for 2010 the route was slightly longer, but it didn’t deter a record 30 teams setting out from the King’s Arms in a colourful array of fantastic costumes, ranging from the Blues Brothers to Rug Rats and from the Stella Artists to Vicars and Piggy Pokers.
After the first beer at the King’s Arms the teams set off at intervals, roped together and carrying their collecting buckets, crossing to the Bell Inn where Jan and Paul refreshed them further before their long climb up to the Railway.
A LONG SLOG UPHILL…
First up the hill were Kirsty’s Real Deal Team to enjoy the special stop, marking the sad loss of the Railway Hotel, a fine community pub, and a previous traditional start for past races. The local Campaign for Real Ale group had stepped in to run a bar with help from local brewery, Andwell.
From here it was downhill through Lynch Hill Park, where some thoughtful residents provided a water stop, to the Prince Regent for halt number four. Girls ‘R’ Lads were entertaining the crowds along the route with their dance routine while the Reservoir Morphs were – well, just who were they?
A WELCOMING GARDEN…
By the Red House some teams were tiring as more beers were enjoyed and a rest in the garden looked very welcoming as a long stretch down to the Whitchurch Sports & Social Club was next on the route sheet.
ROAD WORK MAYHEM…
Mo and Roy provided more refreshments before the teams turned back towards town. Meanwhile the Men at Work squad in their dayglo and hard hats had set up their stop/go signs, road work signs and traffic cones at the potholes near Micheldever Road – traffic could not pass unless the drivers donated! Street theatre at its best – with money rolling in!
At the Harvest Home, Mark and Pauline served more fine ale as legs became more and more ‘jelly-like’, before the final stage towards the White Hart Hotel – crowded with supporters and a real top fun finish with music and food from Andy, Julie and their efficient crew.
And while the first teams were finishing, others were still climbing the hill to the Railway!
EVERYONE’S A WINNER…
It was yet again another fantastic community day for the town with the hard working Festival Committee providing another event to raise funds for local Good Causes. Provisional results show that over £2000 was collected, while the pubs enjoyed fantastic trade, one claiming it to be their busiest day of the year.
It is hard to pick winners in such events – as everyone who took part, enjoyed the day and helped out, is a winner in their own right. However the Pub Race does give trophies for certain achievements, which were presented by Joanna Ashton, the new Carnival Queen, to the deserving winners at the White Hart, where celebrations went on to the early hours.
From 11pm you could even order your breakfast!
1st: Wet Wet Wet, in an incredible 37 minutes!
G I Janes; A fantastic £449.50
Best Fancy Dress:
EngLego; how they made it up the hill in those Lego suits, who knows!
Best Team Effort:
Girls ‘R’ Lads; how many performances did they entertain us with?
Every participant also received a certificate – if you didn’t get one please contact the organisers via this website.
How many official stops were there on the route?
Some free beer to the first name out of the hat.
Send entries by noon on June 4th to:
AND DON’T FORGET TO KEEP THOSE COSTUMES FOR THE CARNIVAL PROCESSION ON SATURDAY 17th JULY See:Festival
A selection of the photos taken throughout the day (click on them to see them in a larger format). More photos can be seen at the photographer’s gallery.