About 60 tractors take part in the first tractor run through Harborough district villages

Villagers came out to wave at the drivers as they passed by

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:23 pm
Minnie Burgess-Lumsden and Megan Rogers before the start of the Northants YFC 2021 charity tractor run. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Almost 60 farmers and vintage tractor enthusiasts took part in an epic sun-soaked charity run across South Leicestershire and north Northamptonshire.

The terrific tractor tour roared into action at Manor Farm in Clipston, near Market Harborough.

And the jawdropping agricultural convoy snaked their way through Sibbertoft, Husbands Bosworth, the Kilworths and Stanford on Avon before winding their way back to Manor Farm.

Supporters watch the charity tractor run. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

James Harry, 25, who lives at Manor Farm, set up the headturning event on Sunday (May 30) alongside Northants Young Farmers Club.

“We had an absolutely fantastic day.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this run and it couldn’t have gone any better on the day,” said James.

“We had nearly 60 tractors taking part with farmers coming from all over Northamptonshire as well as a few from South Leicestershire.

Francesca and James Leaning before the start. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“And a few vintage tractor enthusiasts came along as well to top it off.

“We were out and about for about two and a half hours chugging through our beautiful neck of the woods.

“We clocked up about 26 miles,” said James.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who came along to drive.

All aboard...The Robinson family. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“And I want to give a massive pat on the back to all the people who turned out in the villages along the way to cheer us and wave us on.

“They were amazing.

Villagers had banners getting behind us – and the noise they made was just tremendous.

“We had the perfect weather for it too.

Tractors get ready to set off from Manor Farm in Clipston. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“The sun shone down and it was very warm.

“We are raising money for our regional Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution,” added James.

“They are both top class causes and we are all very passionate about supporting them.

“We have already raked in over £2,000.

“And that’s well over the figure we expected to make.

“So a massive well done and thank you, too, to all those generous people who have donated money, we really appreciate your help.”

Tractors get ready to set off from Manor Farm in Clipston. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

If you would like to swell the Tractor Boys’ coffers even more, you can donate by visiting their fundraising pages here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Northamptonshire-YFC2Northamptonshire YFC is fundraising for The Air Ambulance Service - click here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Northamptonshire-YFC1