IT'S THRILLS, SPILLS AND ACTION THIS WEEKEND
AFTER months of blood, sweat and tears, the Soapbox Challenge is finally taking place this weekend.
A fundraising event in aid of The Cheadle Carnival, the Soapbox Challenge is the long awaited event of the summer.
Taking place on Glebe Road in Cheadle, the road will be blocked off just below the entrance to Coleridge Drive.
Crowds are expected to flock to the site at around 12pm on Sunday 20th August for a day of thrills, spills and plenty of action.
The first races kicks off at 1pm, with two individual runs.
First, there will be the timed run, where individual teams will be racing for the quickest time down the track.
After that – the jumps – with obstacles, ramps and bumps to make things that bit more exciting, proper soapbox derby style!
The track is around 500 to 600 metres long and will be fenced off for crowd safety.
Crowds will be perched on the large grass area running alongside Glebe Road from the Coleridge Drive entrance down to Brookhouse Way/The Green.
The day is expected to go on until around 4pm to 5pm, with a number of attractions running alongside the races throughout.
There is a bouncy castle, supplied by the Round Table and swingboats, and much more, to keep the children entertained.
There is a fully licenced bar, supplied by The Huntsman pub, to keep the adults well quenched and food provided by Wrights.
A host of music will be played through the PA system, contributing to the already buzzing atmosphere.
So far, the organisers have received applications from 21 teams, and have said that they will give late-comers until Friday if they wish to join the fun.
Prices of entry have been announced as £20 for an adult team and £15 for juniors.
Cheadle Carnival Chairman, and member of team ‘Carnival Queen’, Tim Cliffe, told the Times and Echo: “A lot of time and effort has gone into the soapboxes, I can tell you that.
“We’ve been working on the soapboxes for a few months, on and off in between work.
“We kept the venue a secret for a while because we didn’t want to give teams the chance to do a few test runs, we want it to be a fair and fun race on the day.”
There are races for both adult and junior challengers, with prizes for first, second and third.
Organisers have also put together a rule sheet that each team must abide by, as well as signing a disclaimer before the race begins. There will also be an all-over soapbox safety check, and if something doesn’t look safe, the soapbox will not race.
Rules include a specific standard of helmet and safety clothing, every soapbox must have brakes, no engines or power source – all rules and regulations will be given upon entry forms being completed and paid.
The site will be open to the public from 12pm, so get there early to find a good spot.
For more information, contact Tim Cliffe at 07812 356934.
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