Rubbish races tear down Weston-super-Mare seafront in ‘amazing’ event

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 15 June 2017

The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long.

The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long.

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Hundreds of people lined Weston-super-Mare’s seafront on Saturday to witness a competition like no other… bin lorry racing.

Team Amery at 
The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long. Team Amery at The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long.

More than 100 bin lorry drivers and loaders travelled to North Somerset to find out who was the best of the best in the National Refuse Championships.

Formerly known as the World Refuse Championships, the event aims to recognise the people who work in the profession while raising money for a good cause.

The tournament saw teams of five people filling large wheelie bins with stones and pushing them 50 metres to waiting refuse vehicles, where they were emptied.

If that was not hard enough, the tough process was repeated as the trucks move forward in 50 metre stages until they reached the finish line.

Swindon team at The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long. Swindon team at The National Refuse Championships. Picture: Jeremy Long.

The event has so far raised more than £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity which hopes to raise awareness about the disease and finance research to find a cure.

The charity also helps support individuals and their families who have been affected by dementia.

Spencer and Julie Law, who run the Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) company, launched the event and chose Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Julie’s father – who suffered with the disease until his death.

The event’s main organiser, Tracey Standing, said: “We thank the workers by putting on this fun day which brings them all together and allows them to meet other people in the field.

“It was an absolutely amazing day and we have had a lot of very positive feedback which is really encouraging.”

Tracey told the Mercury they were already in discussions with North Somerset Council about returning to Weston next year.

She added: “We chose Weston because we were looking for an area where the dust carts and the exhibition could be held in one place.

“We loved how clean it was and the fact that everybody we spoke to was really positive about the event, which is brilliant.

“It was such a successful event and I could not have done it without the phenomenal team and sponsors behind me.”

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