A charity race backed by one of the UK’s leading specialist truck manufacturers is making a return after a 22-year absence – and it promises to be completely rubbish!
The National Refuse Championships take place at Weston-Super-Mare seafront, Somerset, on Saturday 10 June. It will be the first time the event – billed as a test of strength for both man and machine – has taken place since 1995.
The competition will involve 32 teams and 160 participants from waste and recycling companies and local authorities, competing in a relay race of strength, fitness and endurance, with all proceeds from the event’s £1,500 per team entry fee being donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. Each team comprises five people (including one driver) working in pairs and taking turns to run, load a large wheelie bin with stones and push it 50m to an awaiting truck to empty it.
Proceedings will start with a series of timed heats during the morning culminating in a final race between the two remaining teams in the afternoon.
The idea to revive the event belongs to Spencer Law, Managing Director of Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS), and is supported by dustbin lorry manufacturer, Dennis Eagle.
Law said, “I was talking to some colleagues from my days at Jack Allen, one of the founders of the original event, and we agreed it was a real highlight. I thought it could be a great way to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. The feedback from people in the industry so far has been fantastic. There is a tradition of waste management exhibitions and events in the South West, and we want to keep that going.”
“We’ve updated the event to move with the times and there will be an emphasis on modern day health and safety practices, using new technology such as vehicle tracking and the latest safety equipment. We’ve created an exhibition area so that it can be used as an opportunity for colleagues, customers and suppliers to get together as well as have a fun day out.”
Dennis Eagle is the headline sponsor and will be supplying the trucks for the competition. Richard Taylor, Sales & Marketing Director, said, “Dennis Eagle is delighted to support this event, which offers an opportunity for people who work in the waste management industry the chance to get together and have some fun as well as raise money for an excellent cause. We sponsored the event back in 1994 and it was very competitive, so it’ll be interesting to see who wins.”
Fish and chips by the sea and a prize giving ceremony will end the day’s activities followed by an evening of live music featuring tribute acts. The winning team will be awarded with the 2017 National Refuse Championship Trophy as well as a weekend away to Center Parcs for the winning team and their immediate families. Second and third place teams will also receive prizes.
For more information about the event visit www.nationalrefusechampionships.co.uk.