Pictured Above: Rotary President, Colin Corio, Presents The Fastest Women With Prize

The 2019 New Year Wheelbarrow Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, took place on January 1st, in Spring-like sunshine, raising thousands of pounds for the Ascot District Day Centre. Thanks to the 23 teams who took part, public donations, the Auction, Raffle and generous sponsors, organisers say they hope to donate £7,000 to the Day Centre. This year, the Fastest Men were the team from Maya restaurant in Sunninghill (pictured below)- with an impressive time of 10 minutes 1 second. The Fastest Women were the Greatest Showwomen (pictured above) - in 10 minutes 27 seconds. The Fastest Mixed Team was Shaun the Sheep B4 Ewe - in 11 minutes 6 seconds. The young Scouting teams were highly commended by the organisers and the prize for the Best Fancy Dress was awarded to The Hope Trust Sings Oliver! Watch this space for winner of 'Most Sponsorship Money Raised'.

After the Race, participants, families and spectators retired to the Sunninghill Comrades Club to enjoy a hog roast, an auction with spectacular prizes, the prize giving and raffle.



Master of Ceremonies, Rotarian , David Mear, ran an excellent Auction (wonderful prizes such as Spring Raceday tickets, golf at Sunningdale and Mill Ride, dining at the Carpenters, the Windmill, the Belvedere, Zia Maria, Coworth Park, The Duke, the Dog & Partridge). Organisers estimate that the Auction raised at least £1,500. Raffle Prizes were also much sought after (prizes are available for collection at the Day Centre on January 2nd). David Mear stressed how important the Race sponsors are to the occasion. These include the main sponsor - Beverley Williams - Sunninghill Estate Agent, as well as Ascot Racecourse, the Carpenters. Also receiving heartfelt thanks were the participating hostelries - The Duke, The Carpenters , the Dog & Partridge and especially the Sunninghill Comrades Club. The Race also involves a huge amount of planning and volunteer time - behind the scenes and on the day, including the road marshals.