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Soapbox Challenge returns tomorrow

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CRASHES, laughs and entertainment will be the order of the day tomorrow as the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge returns to Mount Bingham.

Soapbox challenge L>R Serena Mauger, Marketing Officer and Jennie Hamilton, PA to the MD giving the Rubis soapbox a trial run

The event gives the chance for daredevils to pit their wits against each other in their homemade creations, which are powered by nothing but courage.

Competing in a time-trial format, prizes are on offer for best performance, clothing and theme, as well as most stylish run.

It is organised by volunteers from a range of local motoring and racing organisations, and is run in aid of Jersey Hospice Care, which provides free specialist palliative care to anyone in the Island with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families.

Tomorrow’s event sees practice runs between 9.30am and 12.30pm, with the competition running from 1.30pm to 5pm.

Steve Royle of the Jersey International Motoring Festival said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge. If you’ve ever watched the Red Bull Soap Box racing on the television, you’ll know that we are in for a fantastic, entertaining day.

‘We would like to encourage friends and family to come along and support this event.

‘There will be no entry charge, so it’s a fabulous chance to come along and enjoy this fun-filled downhill challenge. As well as the thrilling races, there will be food and drink stalls on site too.’

The races start at the top of the Glacis Field Road, in front of the old Fort Regent swimming pool and travels onto the main hill past the swings at Mount Bingham, before the final run takes competitors past the States of Jersey Planning and Building Services office on South Hill.

Jersey Hospice Care’s chairman of fundraising Steven Hunt added: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to the Jersey International Motoring Festival for choosing Jersey Hospice Care to be the beneficiary of the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge and to all the sponsors for allowing all the money raised to come directly to Jersey Hospice Care.’

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