Soapbox Challenge speeds through town for second successful year

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Hundreds turned out in the sunshine to cheer on competitors of a Norfolk race which was a little different to the London Marathon.

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Hay bales lined the road along King Street in Thetford to create the course for the town’s second annual Soapbox Challenge.

Twelve teams turned out in their sleek and speedy carts to race down the hill for the fastest time.

Thetford Town Council’s venues and events manager David Brooks, who helped organise the event, said: “It went very well, the turnout was excellent and people seemed to have fun.

“The wind picked up a little towards the end but the weather has been great.

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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“We had 12 teams come from both the local area and elsewhere and this year we’ve attracted teams from much further afield with a couple coming from London and one from Boston in Lincolnshire.”

The teams arrived in Thetford early in the morning to attempt some practice runs down King Street before beginning time trials from midday.

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The winning team was Acceleramus whose competitors were all dressed as Harry Potter.

Prizes were also available in other categories and best kart went to Hearsula which was run by local funeral directors Mark Skinner who used the slogan ‘we’re dead quick’.

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

“They even delivered their soapbox in their grave digging van which was entertaining,” said Mr Brooks.

The team who received the gong for best team on the day was the AArs Pirates which was compiled of people from Advanced Air, an air conditioning company in Thetford.

Among spectators were a few interested people who expressed interest in taking part in the Soapbox Challenge next year.

Mr Brooks said: “They took away some rules and regulations and are thinking about joining in, though there is a change we might move to another street next year, but we shall have to wait and see.

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

“The Soapbox Challenge has definitely cemented itself in the calendar of events for Thetford so we will be hosting it again around St George’s Day weekend next year.”

If you would like more information on how to join next year’s event email David at Davidbrooks@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thetford Soapbox Racing, 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thetford Soapbox Racing, 2018.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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