Ashton Soapbox Races 2020 Report

Ashton under Hill’s main road was lined with hundreds of spectators again on New Year’s Day for the return of the village’s soapbox races.

Following on from last year’s success, 38 teams took part in the event which raised funds for Ashton under Hill First School’s PFA and the village’s Social Centre.

The races began at 10am, with the crowd treated to a range of kart designs and special effects. There was an under 16s category and also an adults race in addition to best-built and best fancy dress awards. As a new feature this year, the top 4 karts in the adult category raced off head-to-head against each other in semi-finals and the winners met in a final.

Matt Cyphus, one of the organisers, said: “The teams never fail to amaze us with their kart designs. Some entries focussed on fancy dress, others purely on speed and some on both. We’d like to thank all our competitors for the effort they went to in order to entertain the crowd.”

The winners were ‘Dream Chaser’ (Gardens by Jenny Best Built Kart), ‘Rubba-dub-tub’ (bridge][ability Fancy Dress), ‘Dream Chaser’ (Simply Sedum Under 16s Cup) and ‘The Four Kartpersons of the Soapocalypse’ (Greentree Adults Cup).

In addition to the award sponsors, the event was supported by Cotswold Building Limited, Cotteswold Dairy, JRL Group, The Fireplace Gallery Cheltenham, Little Big Learners, Loxley, Aqua-dock, James Savage Home Improvements, Webbees and Tewkesbury Park.

Matt added: “Due to the generosity of our sponsors, spectators and competitors, we have managed to raise more than £2,500 which will be split between the two good causes. More than 50 helpers were involved in making sure that the competitors made it down the course safely and that the crowd was entertained, and we’re really grateful to them all. We’re taking a break in 2021 and will be back in 2022 for an even bigger and better event”.

The Soapbox Races Team

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