The Pub Race (previously the Beer Race) has a long history in the town and rightly holds a major spot in the year’s calendar.
From pub to pub
Over 160 participants in over thirty teams, all in a wonderful variety of costumes set off from the Sports and Social Club to visit all the town’s pubs, drink the beer in each, and to have lots of fun. Each team was set on their way with good luck wishes from the Carnival Queen and Princess and Whitchurch’s Mayoress.
There were nuns a plenty, fairy tale characters, fairies, butchers, airplanes, and even Team GB put in an appearance. Sister Stacey and the Cheap Monks, Hello Sailor, Pope on a Rope and Punks Drunk were amongst the team names, along with Where’s Wally? and of course Here’s Wally.
Fun throughout the day
Of course a main purpose is to raise funds for local good causes, and the buckets where shaken and rattled throughout the afternoon as they wound their way around the town.
Pubs did a roaring trade too, with several providing additional attractions, ranging from hog roasts and bouncy castles to games and live music. And of course the beer flowed, and music played well into the night.
The organising team, the pubs, and the entrants must be thanked for their efforts, but it is really the people of Whitchurch who make this event the community success it is.
UPDATE – Results added
1st: Return of the Fairy Fantastic
2nd: City Sinners
3rd: Plane Crazy
(Most money raised on the day)
1st: Who the F**k is Alice? (£345.39)
2nd: City Sinners (£296.25)
3rd: Manschaft Kuss Faust (£218.55)
1st: Value Lasagne (41mins)
2nd: Old el Paso (43mins)
3rd: Royal Rumble (44mins)
Top Team Effort:
Winners: Manschaft Kuss Faust
Amount raised will be posted when known. There is a recount.
Pictures – a Rogues Gallery will also follow – so watch this space, as they say.