Get set for Amman Valley wheelbarrow race this weekend

South Wales Guardian: ON YOUR MARKS! There is just one day to go before the annual wheelbarrow race kicks off in the Amman Valley. ON YOUR MARKS! There is just one day to go before the annual wheelbarrow race kicks off in the Amman Valley.

AMMAN VALLEY fundraisers are gearing themselves up for the annual charity wheelbarrow race this Saturday.

With just one day to go, organisers are hoping for a great turn-out that will see teams of two pushing each other in a wheelbarrow through the valley, stopping off in the local pubs, collecting money for charity along the way.

The idea is the brainchild of the Amman United youth team in 2007, who were looking to organise a team bonding exercise.

“The thought of fitness and alcohol would appeal to most rugby players,” said Amman United player Christian Madge.

“In the first four years it was just a handful of wheelbarrows entering, them more and more people have entered throughout the years.”

As the event got bigger it was decided to start fundraising for charity, so each year the event raises money for a different cause – this year the chosen charity is local girl Hannah Rose vs Leukaemia.

To enter the annual wheelbarrow race just turn up on the day with a wheelbarrow, a partner and £5 to enter.

The event will start at Amman United, Glanaman at 12.30pm. You will then race through the valley for six miles, stopping in each pub for a pint and collect as much money as you can for charity.

Fancy dress is mandatory. “The crazier the fancy dress the better,” said Christian.

“Some of the entrants dress their wheelbarrow, which we strongly encourage.

“The event is all about having fun as well as raising money for Hannah Rose Vs Leukaemia.”

The race is open to over 18s only.

For more information go to the group’s facebook page – Facebook.com/AnnualWheelbarrowRace.

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