Top event of the weekend, the annual Whitchurch Pub Race, will see teams in fancy dress visiting all the town’s pubs collecting for local good causes. 2010 could see a record entry!
This year the race has a new start, the King’s Arms in Church Street. From 4.30pm onwards the colourful teams, tied together and shaking buckets for charity, will set off across to the Bell before the long slog up Evingar Road to the Railway.
Yes, you read that right. Although the pub was recently demolished, and there has been no planning permission granted for alternative use, there will still be a bar to greet the competitors! To highlight the importance of local community pubs, volunteers from the local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will be supplying free beer to the entrants! (*see below!).
From here its a very welcome downhill stretch along Lynch Hill Park to the Prince Regent for a welcome stop before heading back into town and the Red House. Some may have a rest and enjoy the garden, but those after a fast time will take Test Road on their way to the Sports and Social Club. It is then back to the Harvest, and past the Silk Mill before a last finishing sprint to the White Hart.
The event, organised by the Whitchurch Festival team has traditionally been the largest fund-raiser for the year, due to the generosity of the crowds that turn out, and the support from the publicans.
Fun will continue into the evening with many of the pubs providing extra entertainment from BBQs to music.
*due to restrictions placed on organisers having arranged this special ‘stop’ only the entrants can be served. Of course anyone else can bring their own 🙂