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WATCH: Whacky soap box racers battle for glory in Bury St Edmunds contest

PUBLISHED: 15:13 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 03 September 2018

Crowds gathered in Mount Road to watch the action  Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Crowds gathered in Mount Road to watch the action Picture: RACHEL EDGE

There were some whacky races going on in Bury St Edmunds this weekend as the town hosted its first ever soap box challenge.

Organised for the My WiSH Charity, the race took place along a stretch of Mount Road between Downing Close and Shakers Lane, on Saturday.

The White Horse at Whepstead entered with this kart  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe White Horse at Whepstead entered with this kart Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The 250-metre course included a ramp and a chicane to test the driving skills of those in the hand-made karts.

This bat-mobile took to the streets of Bury St Emdunds on Saturday Picture: RACHEL EDGEThis bat-mobile took to the streets of Bury St Emdunds on Saturday Picture: RACHEL EDGE

There were 16 teams, each consisting of a driver, passenger and upto four other members.

The first ever soap box challenge was organised for the My WiSH charity's Every Heart Matters appeal  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe first ever soap box challenge was organised for the My WiSH charity's Every Heart Matters appeal Picture: RACHEL EDGE

A spokesman from the charity said: “It was a fantastic event, attended by lots of people on the bank overlooking Mount Road and the karts were a fantastic sight.

One of the officials marshalling the whacky races Picture: RACHEL EDGEOne of the officials marshalling the whacky races Picture: RACHEL EDGE

“The White Horse at Whepsrtead had a big horse bust on the front of theirs, it was quite spectacular.”

And they are off - one of the soap box derby karts gets ready to go Picture: RACHEL EDGEAnd they are off - one of the soap box derby karts gets ready to go Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Proceeds from the race will go the Every Heart Matters appeal, which aiming to raise £500,000 to help create a fully integrated cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital.

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