2018 Watchet Wheelbarrow Race

And now for something completely different!  The UK has many unusual traditions, and for the May Bank Holiday weekend I found myself in Watchet Somerset spectating the Watchet Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race.

 

Despite some googling I’ve been unable to find much information about the history of the event but it was thoroughly entertaining.  There was a packed grid of Wheelbarrow racers, most in fancy dress, my favourites included Jurassic Park and Kevin & Perry Go Large.  after a parade lap of the grid area, the race starts and the wheelbarrow “F1” racers speed round a course of about 1/4 of a mile and 4 beer stops.

The Iron Men won the Fancy Dress trophy, and Tom and Jerry won the race, while a few teams compete the race insanely fast, most take a more leisurely approach savouring the refreshment stops, while being cheered on by a packed crowd.

Here are some pictures and a video I took of the Grid and start.

 

Watchet Wheelbarrow Race 2018

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