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WHEELBARROW RACE: The Ponteland charity race will be back for New Year’s Day!

WHEELBARROW RACE: The Ponteland charity race will be back for New Year’s Day!

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Two North East charities will start the new year with a financial boost, thanks to the return of the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race.

Organisers have announced that the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race will take place on 1 January 2022, with the mile-long course keeping with tradition by starting and ending at the Blackbird pub.

The event will once again raise money for local charities St Oswald’s Hospice and Tynedale Hospice at Home, which provide care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

And the Blackbird will continue the celebrations after the race has ended, with a selection of food and drink available outdoors at the venue.

Supporters can make the most of the pub’s pizza oven and a barbecue outside, along with seating and a fully stocked bar at the tipi and hot drinks served throughout the day.

Stuart Young of the Northumberland Pub Company, which operates the Blackbird, is looking forward to the return of the event.

“The Wheelbarrow Race is not only great fun for all involved but also raises a huge sum of money for two very worthwhile causes, so it’s great news that it will be back in January,” he said.

“We have a new outdoor street food kitchen and our very own tipi this year, so we hope supporters will stay back after the race to make the most of everything on offer.

“It’s always a brilliant day out for people of all ages and I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.”

The 2019 race was one of the best attended in the event’s history and, after having to cancel last year’s race due to the pandemic, organisers Ponteland 41 Club and Ponteland Rugby Club are hoping for another great turnout.

Chairman of the Ponteland 41 Club, Philip Peacock, said, “It is fantastic to be able to announce the return of the Wheelbarrow Race, which is a hugely anticipated event on Ponteland’s social calendar.

“We are currently deep in the planning stages to pull out all the stops this year and it’s already shaping up to be another amazing event.”

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