PICTURE SPECIAL: Harborough Truck pull event is a huge success

A team from Harborough’s Bruno’s Gym set a new world record during the Harborough Truck Pull event on Sunday.

Hundreds of people braved wet weather to line the streets of Harborough town centre during the event, which saw several teams pulling trucks donated by Eddie Stobart along a one mile route through the town.

Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service Rapid Deployment before the Truck Pull.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service Rapid Deployment before the Truck Pull.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The team from Bruno’s completed the pull in 11 minutes and 24 seconds.

Their time is now being verified by Guinness, who had adjudicators at the event.

Event organiser Gary Gardner said the day had been a big success.

He added: “It was a shame about the rain, but it didn’t really seem to put many people off.

“The Square was packed, I don’t think I’ve seen that many people down there on a Sunday in the whole time I’ve been in Harborough.

“The teams showed really good spirit as well, they were staying to cheer on the other teams after they completed their own run.

“Seeing the fire service team complete the pull wearing all their gear as well was absolutely amazing for me.”

The event was raising money for a number of charities, including Action for Children, the British Heart Foundation and Fallen Fusiliers.

Mr Gardner said he does not yet know how much has been raised for the charities as some of the teams were doing collections of their own.

The day also included on-stage performances by a number of singers, including former X Factor contestant Nicholas McDonald.

Last year’s event was held in Medbourne and Mr Gardner said it had been a completely different experience in the town centre.

He added: “There were a lot more people and I think that stirred on the teams to do even better.

“Lots of people said afterwards how much they had enjoyed it.”

Mr Gardner said he and the rest of the organising team were “shattered” after putting the event together, but he was confident that another would be held next year.

He added: “The people of Harborough really got behind us and we’d love to do another one next year.”

For more information, visit www.truckpullchallenge.co.uk.