THE thrilling sight of bogie racers roaring down hills at 50mph enthralled spectators at the annual Hawksland Hill Run.
Eighteen competitors, aged between one and 69, took part; the main Class A race was won by Iain Rooney with a wonderful grand total of 2587.2m travelled during his four runs.
“It was a great day,” said event organiser Stuart Sommerville (60). “Iain was extremely impressive and did very well to achieve such a high total.”
For those unfamiliar with Hawksland Hill Run, it typically sees competitors in non-powered bogies, carties, sidecars, luge and gravity bikes (this final class was uncontested this year) venturing as far as they can on a 930m course which is downhill, flat and uphill.
Only one person rode each individual pro bogie, with either two or three people riding each fun bogie.
The fourth annual contest saw participants start atop the hill near Hawksland Farm before racing down and embarking on a small uphill section then going downhill again.
“The professionals who take part are a bit more technical than the average contestants,” Stuart said.
“They are more streamlined with better wheels, while the fun bogies can be built from cycles chopped up and welded together.”
The race saw Stuart and his wife, Elaine, winning the Class B bogies race, the second consecutive year they’d managed the feat.
The ‘Best Looking Bogie’ prize was won by Caitlin Leiper, whose horse-led Oregon Trail prairie wagon wowed the judges.
As there were no entries for this year’s uphill cycle run, three-year-old local girl Evie Gilroy and her younger sister Abbey instead cycled 20m downhill to claim the King of the Hill Trophy.
The day helped raise a fantastic £1,000 for charity, to be split between Macmillan Cancer Care and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Stuart thanked organisers who helped make the day a success. He said he hoped the event would run again next year, although this wasn’t certain due to issues with the running costs.
Freelance photographer Sarah Peters was on hand to capture the action and her pictures are featured in our slideshow, created by Johnston Press Scotland communities hub deputy editor Julie Currie.
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