It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that the 2017 Wacky Races will take place as usual on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May. We have reviewed the aspects of the course that gave concern in 2016, in particular with regard to the safe movement of the public between the Chipping car park and the Millennium Green, on what is a very narrow pavement.
This year we’re going to be erecting crowd control barriers all the way down the middle of Chipping Street, allowing spectators more than twice the space they have had in previous years. This will reduce the track width for racers, but eliminate several “pinch points” for spectators while also reducing the number of straw bales that need to be placed on the course. There is one “pinch point” of about twenty feet that we cannot eliminate near the Druids Hill corner, the sharp turn towards the finish line. Here the fencing will be screened so that racing cannot be viewed, and this will discourage spectators from standing at this point to watch, although there will still be plenty of other opportunities to view the corner from this area.
From the final turn to the finish line there will no longer be spectator access from Cirencester Road. This section has alwaysbeen congested, as the gap only allows single file movement in either direction. It’s been the cause of several safety issues – people smoking near the bales, children sitting on the bales with their legs on the course, people standing on the bales, and so on. To get from the Chipping car park to Millennium Green this year there will be two options.
a) Through the long stay car park past the Goods Shed.
b) From the Chipping car park, back past the Snooty Fox and down Gumstool Hill.
There will be no access to Millennium Green from the Chipping Steps.
We are already aware of strong interest in this major fundraising event from several locations around the country. To all who wish to race, the entry forms and the all-important rules and regulations are now on the website for download www.tetburywackyraces.co.uk. Because of the high level of interest, we will have to strictly enforce the closing date for entries, Friday 7th April, which may lead to some disappointments. Note that entries will close early should we reach capacity before this date.
Taking into account media coverage and the vastly increased takings in the town, particularly in the pubs, hotels ans cafes, we can confidently say we have estalished a major event for Tetbury. Essential to the success of Wacky Races has been the support of local businesses, which continues to grow, sponsoring banners on the course, donating raffle prizes, providing stalls and adverts in the programme. If you wish to get involved in this important aspect of the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, to provide the appropriate level of safety, we will need a number of stewards to look after the course. While the Lions club is one of the biggest in the district, we will still need a good number of volunteers to cover two shifts. If you wish to get involved on the day, please contact Richard via email@example.com
The Wacky Races Committee