Thousands raised for Cancer Research at Duxford Soapbox Derby

Participants at the Duxford Soapbox Derby. Picture: Roger King

Participants at the Duxford Soapbox Derby. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Archant

Organisers of this year’s Duxford Soapbox Derby say they are confident they will smash last year’s fundraising total of £4,600, and are aiming to reach £6,500.

Around 1,000 people turned out to support the third year of the event, raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Phill Hill, who died of cancer in 2013.

Competing for the Phill Hill Trophy, each soapbox had a runner and a rider, with only “human propulsion” allowed to steer around the course.

There were separate races for children. The mile and a quarter course included the John Barleycorn, The Wheatsheaf and The Plough public houses.

The adult race winners were Adam Murray and Cameron Willis-Wright.

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Phill’s wife, Pam said: “Phill was always into motor bike racing and the Grand Prix, so two of our very good friends came up with the idea of the Soapbox Derby – something I’m sure Phill would have loved.”

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