Entries sought for Kemnay Cartie Rally

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LOCAL residents who fancy themselves as the new Lewis Hamilton are being urged to get creative and enter Kemnay Primary’s first ever Cartie Rally before the closing date next month.

Pupils at the school are organising the event - which is due to take place down a 150m stretch of the village’s High Street on May 8 - in association with Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police and Kemnay Community Council, and are hoping for a surge of entries before the closing date on April 1.

The rally is open to everyone of school age and upwards to enter, with categories split into P1-3, P4-7, S1-S6 and Adult. Carties must be home-made and push only, meaning no pedals or motors will be accepted. Each category is set to have its own heats and final, with the carties being pushed for the first 50m then freewheeling the last 100m to finish.

There will be prizes for the best designed cartie, best effort, most colourful cartie, fastest time and category winners.

P5 pupil Lily Lamplugh has already completed one of the first carties to be entered into the race, with a little bit of help from her dad, and said she is excited about the competition.

Depute head at Kemnay Primary Graham Still said: “The idea really came about as part of the Total Green Schools competition – the rally is going to be the pupils’ entry into the competition which is about recycling projects and involving the whole community.

“They’ve been working on it since last August, but things are really starting to pick up now with the pupils going into other schools in the area and speaking at their assemblies to try and get other youngsters interested.

“We are also hoping to get the wider community involved and have opened the rally up to adults so we would love to see adult carties racing too. We’ve put posters around the village, advertised it in the community newsletter and all the details are on our website so hopefully we’ll get a lot of entries before April 1.”

He added: “The children have met with the Aberdeenshire Council roads department, Grampian Police and Kemnay Community Council and the reaction we’ve had so far has been very positive.”

Asked if he could see it becoming an annual event, like the Catterline Cartie Challenge has in recent years, Mr Still said: “If it is successful, then absolutely, it would be great to see it become an annual event if everybody knew about it.

“I think the most difficult part so far has been publicising it to people. It is quite a gentle slope so I’m not anticipating any serious incidents!”

Gates and registration open at 9am on May 8, with test runs starting at 9.30am to 10.30am. The races will start at 11am.

You can pick up an application form from the Kemnay School office or download one at www.kemnay-pri.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/index.htm.