Race to the Church returns to mark Queen's 90th birthday

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Race to the Church returns to mark Queen's 90th birthday

The last Race to the Church took place to celebrate the Royal Wedding

An ‘out of the ordinary’ event is being put on to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in Taplow.

The Race to the Church will see 30 go-karts hurtle down the High Street towards St Nicolas Church to be in with the chance to win the title of the fastest home made go-kart.

The event is the second race that has been put on in the village, with the first being for the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Race to the Church will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, with refreshments on the village green for spectators cheering on the racers.

Organised by members of the community, it is hoped it will be a fun day out as well as a fundraiser for the Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

Nigel Smales, part of the organising team, said: “When Taplow decides to have fun, nobody does it better. We like ‘out of the ordinary’. A street party is never enough.

“Our community wants the thrills, spills, colour and friendly competition of a Race to the Church.”

All competitors, in both adult and children’s competitions must make their own four-wheel go-kart that has brakes and no power other than gravity and a driver push.

The race goes from the top of the High Street down to the church corner.

Prizes will be awarded for best constructor, fastest adult, and fastest child.

If you’d like to join the race, e-mail racetothechurch@gmail.com for the rules, entry forms and disclaimers.

Each cart is £15 to enter with all proceeds being donated to Thames Valley Adventure Playground, a specially designed centre for children and adults with disabilities.

Hay bales will line the High Street in time for practice runs to begin at 10am, and a barbecue lunch will be on offer on the village green from noon with the racing starting at 1pm.

The prizes for the day’s best racers will be given out at 4.30pm.

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