‘Ladies and gentleman, start your stretchers’ will be the cry in Beaconsfield again this year with the return of one of the town’s oldest and most popular traditions.
After last year’s huge success, the Beaconsfield Stretcher Race, organised by the Round Table, will again be run as part of the Country Fayre which is held in Windsor End, Old Town, on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
Dubbed ‘the world’s fastest pub crawl’, teams don fancy dress and carry casualties around the Old Town, visiting seven pubs where each stretcher bearer has to drink half a pint of beer. The event was founded in 1978 by Gordon Kirby to raise funds for charity and ran every year until 1999, but and making a grand comeback in 2007. This year the money raised from the race will go towards Rennie Grove and St Marys Church – additionally The Round Table, Rotary and Lions Clubs nominate their own charities for donations.
James Hartley, of the Beaconsfield Round Table, said:
“Last years winners are are hoping to retain their title as last, but I hear there are other teams training hard to see if they can take the win. So I’d say the race is pretty much wide open.”
In addition to the regular cups for first, second and third place, there is also an award for the team with the best fancy dress, so with a little imagination you could be a winner without being the fastest. There are only 20 start times available and places are being snapped up. Carriers must be at least 18 and the stretcher occupant must be at least 10-years-old. Get your team together, your entry form in, and let’s see you on the August Bank Holiday!