Duxford’s annual soapbox race returns this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:27 31 August 2018

Duxford Soapbox Derby. Picture: PAUL ELLWOOD

Duxford Soapbox Derby. Picture: PAUL ELLWOOD


The annual Duxford Soapbox Derby returns for its sixth year on Sunday, September 2, raising money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

Would-be racers have until today to return their entry forms for either the 1.25 mile adult course or the shorter route for children aged 15 and under.

Participants have to battle it out to be the fastest in three or four wheeled carts. Fancy dress and themed carts are actively encouraged but they must run on willpower alone as motorised, fuel and pedal powered creations are banned.

There will be family events throughout the weekend. The Plough pub will have live bands playing throughout the afternoon and evening.

The Soapbox Derby is held in memory of Phill Hill, a Duxford villager who died of cancer in July 2013. Last year’s event raised £12,000 for the charity to help fund local research in the region.

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