New category for trolley race

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Siblings Lachlan (11, left) and Holly (9) Duston, who both won trophies in their age categories at last year's South Alive Trolley Races.

RIMU St will rumble into life on Sunday, March 4, as competitors gear up for the annual South Alive Trolley Derby.

More than 20 trolleys took part last year, with drivers aged from 7 years to grandparents, South Alive Urban Rejuvenation trustee Marie Crowe said.

Into its third year, there was something different at the event each year, with drifter bikes competing at the inaugural event and the introduction of ramp starts last year.

New to this year’s event is the Corporate Race.

Ms Crowe said the Corporate Race had been included to add interest. However, anyone could still race as an individual or as part of a team.

The day will begin with registrations and scrutineering at 12.45pm at St Patrick’s Church car park, before racing begins at 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Ramps were introduced last year to ensure contestants started at the same time. However, this year there would only be two ramps to make it safer.

“That way, it gives them half a road each.”

As safety was the most important aspect, trolleys had to meet specifications for brakes and steering, and drivers would be required to wear protective clothing, elbow and knee pads, enclosed shoes and a helmet, she said.

However, all participants agreed to take part at their own risk.

Registration was free, and racing would be in heats for the following age groups – 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15 to adult, and corporate.

As the Sunday will also be Children’s Day, an afternoon of family-friendly events has been planned in Elizabeth Park at the foot of Rimu St, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Events include an egg and spoon, sack and three-legged races, toss the gumboot, donkey rides, waterslide, bumper balls, a colouring activity, treasure hunt and bubble machine. There will also be food trucks on-site.

Ms Crowe said as the trolley derby was a community event, more volunteers were needed to help out on the day.

For more information, go to www.southalive.org.nz, or to volunteer, phone Marie Crowe on 027 207 8575.

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