Pinner wheelbarrow race and St Georges Day Celebration Sunday 25th April 2010

The wheelbarrow race in Pinner has been an annual occasion, first starting in 1963. I have lived in and around Pinner since 1957 but this year was the first year I have been there to see it in action.  

I will illustrate it with very short videos and also pictures of the event this year. Be patient there are a lot of pictures and videos to load from an external site I use.  All pictures and videos are my copyright but can be used if you email wirewaffle@hotmail.com for permission first.
 

I heard that the race started near the Oddfellows Arms so made for that at around 2.30.   I spoke to an official, and a chap who revealed his son was racing this year.  They confirmed that in fact it started in Little Meadow which is a little way back from the Police Station in the direction of Pinner Green.

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I was early so went up the High Street, and saw big crowds, and Morris dancers.  It was difficult to hear the music that the Morris dancers were dancing to at times.  I thought that it was a hi fi turned up High.  But found at later on it was a singer called Gemma Turner singing live to some Karaoke backing. Lots of good old songs!  Pity that the High Street is not like this every Sunday.  Thanks to so many people for putting on such a good free show.

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I made my way to Little Meadow for the start at 3pm.
The race was slow in starting and I managed to get some shots of the preparation, competitors, mainly male but some female, pushing their wheelbarrows up Bridge Street, having a pint in the Oddfellows Arms, and then into Little Meadow.  Once in Little Meadow they had to push the wheelbarrows into a far corner of the largish park, right behind some trees.

There was a table with pints of beer lined up, all numbered 1 – 12.  This event is well supported and this year their were 21 teams. That is 42 people involved. Plus an interesting variety of wheelbarrows.  When the whistle finally blew, at around 3.20, the competitors had to down a pint of beer, 1 between each team member.  They then did what appeared to be a fast cross country run back to the trees and emerged with their wheelbarrows.


I made my way to Little Meadow for the start at 3pm.
The race was slow in starting and I managed to get some shots of the preparation, competitors, mainly male but some female, pushing their wheelbarrows up Bridge Street, having a pint in the Oddfellows Arms, and then into Little Meadow.  Once in Little Meadow they had to push the wheelbarrows into a far corner of the largish park, right behind some trees.


There was a table with pints of beer lined up, all numbered 1 – 12.  This event is well supported and this year their were 21 teams. That is 42 people involved. Plus an interesting variety of wheelbarrows.  When the whistle finally blew, at around 3.20, the competitors had to down a pint of beer, 1 between each team member.  They then did what appeared to be a fast cross country run back to the trees and emerged with their wheelbarrows.



I stood back to allow the wheelbarrows to leave for the first pub the Oddfellows Arms.  


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They must have been quick because when I got to the pub they had disappeared down Bridge Street in the direction of the George Pub just under the railway bridge.  


I then made it to the High Street after a chat with some cafe owners I knew in Bridge Street.  I saw everyone lined up along ropes and saw a final competitor arrive, the very last wheelbarrow in the race!  All the others had finished.


We had a pint in the Queens Head, then went out to see some more Morris Dancing.  Their was also a pop group called the Looters, who sang some great old songs. I heard Long Train Running by the Doobie Brothers and Substitute by the Who.
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Next year I hope to attend and make sure I just stay in the High Street to see the teams finishing.  It was a very enjoyable day out with people also celebrating St George’s Day.  There was some speculation that Harrow will be charging the organisers to use the streets and contribute to clearing up, and traffic control, I do hope that they can continue with this great free public event.  The men and women who compete in this race are extremely fit and brave, it is no mean feat to run up and down a park twice, also dashing down Bridge Street up to the High Street.

There is an official video compiled by the Harrow Times http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/video/81896/  
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