Soapbox racing returns to the Vale following a two-year hiatus.

The Badsey Soapbox Races take place this Sunday, having been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A field of ten karts will compete for the Avon Scaffolding Cup, with practice runs starting at midday, shortly followed by the timed race runs.

The free event is sponsored by Badsey and Aldington Parish Council and run by a committee of councillors and local residents.

Costs for the event are covered by local companies, additional sponsors, and entry fees.

The idea for the Badsey Races stemmed from a chat in a local pub.

This led to a group of people deciding to try and put on the first event, taking the idea to the parish council who agreed to make it a sponsored village event.

The last event, in 2019, saw a huge crowd gather at Knowl Hill to watch the daring racers and also marked the first time women got involved, with Lily Cattle and Sue Briffett taking up the challenge.

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Denzil Brunning and his Bluebottle Buzzing came out on top, with an average time of 56 seconds.

They were presented with their trophy outside the Wheatsheaff Inn, with best presented kart being awarded to Sue’s L’s Angels.