Competitors roll out the barrel for race

Teams take part in last year's Geddington Trundle Race
Teams take part in last year's Geddington Trundle Race

Teams are getting ready for a village’s traditional barrel race which takes place later this month.

There is space for up to 12 teams of four to take part in this year’s Geddington Trundle, where competitors are tasked with pushing an empty beer barrel around an obstacle course in the village.

The race, which is now in its 12th year, will begin at The White Hart, in West Street, Geddington, at midday on Sunday, September 23.

Graham Brown, one of the event’s organisers, said: “The whole day is a family day out, anyone is welcome.

“The race can be taken seriously or just a bit of fun, and we encourage people to turn up in fancy dress.

“The beer festival starts shortly after so everyone can relax after the race.”

The winner of the race will be presented with the York Augustus trophy, named after York Augustus Hopkins, who farmed in the village in the 19th century.

Rumour has it that when the harvest was finished, he would send a barrel of beer into the fields for his men to enjoy – and the race was born out of that tale.

Five teams so far have entered for the race, with seven spots still available.

A beer festival will begin at midday at The White Hart and welcomes the teams, supporters and spectators.

The pub will be selling beers from local breweries including Pot Belly, Hoggleys and Frog Island as well as apple and pear ciders.

Hot and cold food will also be available.

Alan Mills and the Hucklebuck Band and The Babysitters will play live music at the festival as well as a display from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Anyone interested in entering the race can get an entry form from any of the three pubs in Geddington or email john.wilkinson@paconsulting.com.