PICTURES: Pagham Pram Race 2017

Fictional characters united for this pram race team
Fictional characters united for this pram race team

‘Another excellent day’, that’s how the Pagham Pram Race chairman summed up this year’s Boxing Day event.

Michael Warren added his thanks ‘to all the volunteers – the marshals and the bucket collectors – and anyone that took part or came out in the cold to watch it’.

Some 150 people made up this year's teams, pictured at the start lineSome 150 people made up this year's teams, pictured at the start line

Some 150 people made up this year's teams, pictured at the start lineSome 150 people made up this year's teams, pictured at the start line

The magnificent effort, put in on all fronts, means the organisation is on track to match last year’s £12,000 total which was divided between 25 great local causes.

Applications for the funds are open until Sunday.

Andrew Goodwill, who captured some of the action in these photographs, revealed the bucket collections alone saw ‘£2,766.96, two buttons and one washer’ donated.

“We were astonished again by the amount of support,” he said.

Derek Bell presents main race winners 'Calm Down, Calm Down'  with their cup

Derek Bell presents main race winners 'Calm Down, Calm Down' with their cup

“Some of the donations were £20 down to the old half pennies and most people donated their prizes again this year so with all of that and the entry fees we hit around £3.5k.”

Praise was once again given to the fancy dress efforts of the 42 teams, made up of 150 people, that took part in this, the 72nd race.

“Some people have said why don’t you set a theme but we like the variety, we get such a mixed group,” said Andrew.

Michael added: “We have noticed that the number of teams aren’t necessarily growing but the number of people in them are. A lot of effort was put in.

'The Gashers' dashed to second place in the main race

'The Gashers' dashed to second place in the main race

“We had a great turn out and the weather held off.”

The Results

The main race: First place: Calm Down, Calm Down,

Second: The Gashers

'Peaky Blinders' finished third in the main race

'Peaky Blinders' finished third in the main race

Third: Peaky Blinders

Ladies: First: Festive, Second: Orange is the New Black, Third: Trump Stuff

Pub challenge: The Lion

Novelty: First: Batman’s Birthday, Second: Rose Green Junior School, Oh Flock I’m 50

Fancy dress: First: 48 – Old Biddies, Second: 50 – Harry Potter, Third: 12 – Big Digger, Fourth: 31 – Smarties

'Batman's Birthday' claimed the top prize in the novelty category

'Batman's Birthday' claimed the top prize in the novelty category

Rose Green Junior School claimed second spot in the novelty category

Rose Green Junior School claimed second spot in the novelty category

'Oh Flock I'm 50'  marked a birthday in style

'Oh Flock I'm 50' marked a birthday in style

The ladies' race was won by 'Festive'

The ladies' race was won by 'Festive'

Second in the ladies' race were 'Orange is the New Black'

Second in the ladies' race were 'Orange is the New Black'

'Trump Stuff', which came third in the ladies' race, were one of this year's political entries

'Trump Stuff', which came third in the ladies' race, were one of this year's political entries