PHOTOS: Great Glen Wheelbarrow Race

Action during the children's race.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Action during the children's race. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“A tribute to our community spirit” said the organiser of Great Glen’s Wheelbarrow Race, after this year’s rain-affected event.

Organiser Andy Williamson said the crowds still turned out at the village races and fete despite the rain on Saturday.

Princess Elsa and Princess Anna enjoy the wheelbarrow races at Great Glen.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Princess Elsa and Princess Anna enjoy the wheelbarrow races at Great Glen. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“Numbers were down, or at least people stayed for less time than they might have done in dry weather” he said.

“But the last seven years have been sunny, so we were perhaps due a wet day.

“And I think the community spirit shone even if the sun didn’t. People still turned out and we should still raise £1,500 for our charity LOROS (the Leicestershire hospice charity, based in Groby Road, Leicester).”

There were two races - a junior race at 2.15pm and an adult race at 3.15pm.

Action during the children's race.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Action during the children's race. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

And while the afternoon was generally wet, the rain did let up briefly for both races.

Visitors also enjoyed the 35 stalls and fun fair on the village’s Recreation Ground.

“The weather didn’t actually stop anything - and people are already talking about next year” said Andy.

Action during the children's race.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Action during the children's race. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Start of the children's race.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Start of the children's race. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Children get ready for the start of their race.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Children get ready for the start of their race. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Colourful...Phil Burton selling raffle tickets.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Colourful...Phil Burton selling raffle tickets. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Organiser Andy Williamson with Lionel the Loros mascot during the Great Glen annual wheelbarrow races.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Organiser Andy Williamson with Lionel the Loros mascot during the Great Glen annual wheelbarrow races. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Jazmyn Hawes 11 and Primrose Hawes 7.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Jazmyn Hawes 11 and Primrose Hawes 7. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Eddie Hawes 10 and Lois Leach 10 with Ted.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Eddie Hawes 10 and Lois Leach 10 with Ted. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER