Trundle still a barrel of laughs despite the weather

Competitors in the Geddington Trundle
Competitors in the Geddington Trundle

The weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of the hardy souls who took part in an annual challenge to push a barrel of beer round an obstacle course in the fastest possible time.

The annual Geddington Trundle is organised by Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade and this year’s event took place during Sunday’s torrential rain.

Despite the awful conditions, five teams took part, including two teams of smurfs, in a bid to win the highly-coveted York Augustus Trophy.

The current fastest time to complete the course is seven minutes, 15 seconds, which was set by Kettering Rugby Club in 2004. The weather put paid to any chance this year’s winners, York’s Young ‘Uns, had of beating this.

Competitors, spectators and villagers than went for a well-deserved drink at The White Hart which was holding a beer festival with live music.

Fire brigade member Graham Brown said: “The weather was not with us and by the time the last team was racing it was raining hard.

“We put a marquee up and it was packed with people enjoying the music. Both bands played a full set and were very good.”

Money raised by the event goes to benefit the village, including the senior citizen’s lunch at the village hall. Graham said: “We pick up the senior citizens, give them a meal and entertainment, and take them home again. We’ve got more than 80 people coming in a couple of weeks’ time.”