Bad weather brakes on soap­box

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Downhill In Aldington - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Carts made to look like ev­ery­thing from pi­rate ships to ele­phants and trac­tors to snow­men flew down Ald­ing­ton’s Forge Hill on Mon­day.

Around 1,000 peo­ple turned out for the 2015 Soap­box Derby and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing fete held on the vil­lage recre­ation ground.

Vil­lager Martin Good­child’s Lit­tle Red Shark was the fastest cart to make it down the track in an im­pres­sive 55.29 sec­onds which saw him win the main event, spon­sored by Stead­line.

In sec­ond and third place were Dart, driven by Stephen Fin­niss, and Rat Rod, driven by Gavin Bar­low, who fin­ished in 1min and 2.56secs and 1min and 3.4secs re­spec­tively.

A brav­ery award went to James South­ern who needed to go to hos­pi­tal af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing his shoul­der.

Eric MacRae, sec­re­tary of the Ald­ing­ton Soap­box Derby com­mit­tee, said: “He [James] had a bit of a crash to­wards the end of the route. We had St John’s Am­bu­lance there, so they took him to hos­pi­tal. It was the only in­ci­dent we had all day.”

Win­ners of the Best Nov­elty Soap­box was Ted, driven by James Longstaff and built with the help of Ben Filip, which was

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Al­fie Owen. aged eight

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Blink and you’ll miss it

Pi­rate-themed cart comes cruis­ing into view

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From Frozen to Ald­ing­ton

One of the soap­box derby’s mean

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They’re rar­ing to go

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Driv­ers Gareth Keeler and Dar­ren Long Hill

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