GET SET FOR GANNONBALL 2012!
There'll be thrills and spills aplenty at this year's Gannonball Run which takes place in Dungannon Town Centre on Saturday 29th September as part of the week long Festive Hill Events Programme. Entries are now open for teams to give the all new course a run for its money!
Cross the inventiveness of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the maneuvers of Wacky Races and you have the ingredients for one of Ireland's most original and colourful soap box races - Gannonball Run. The steep incline of Dungannon's Irish Street is all the traction and power that's needed to transform these beautiful and painstakingly crafted trucks into absolute flying machines.
With the excitement of a new route, more elaborate obstacles and the added element of the race being hosted at night for the first time, (never mind the crashes!) this year's event is set to be the best ever. Eat your heart out Caractacus Potts and Dick Dastardly!
Are you brave enough to tackle the challenge of a new race course? Do you have the imagination to wow the crowd with your costumes and soap box design? Or are you simply 'up for the craic' and willing to take part in Dungannon's most memorable annual event?
Spectators can join in the fun and enjoy giveaways and street entertainment which will truly add to the festival atmosphere.
The Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, Councillor Phelim Gildernew is looking forward to the event, to which thousands of people are set to attend. He says: With such a wide range of activity at the Gannonball Run, I anticipate that one again this event will be a major success. I am delighted with the response and enthusiasm to date from the public and look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to this very unique event."
Councillor Walter Cuddy - Chairman of the organising committee is urging the entire community to get involved, either as an entrant or a spectator. He says: "There is a new twist on this year's Gannonball Run with the event being held at night using Irish Street as the race route. Thrill seeking families, businesses, community groups and individuals are now invited to submit their entry form and get working on a wacky, road racer. The Gannonball Run attracts spectators from near and far so make sure you are part of it!"
To enter the event online click on www.gannonballrun.com and teams are urged to apply quickly as there are a limited number of spaces available this year.
The Gannonball Run is organised by Dungannon Regeneration Partnership and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council in association with Dungannon Enterprise Centre, First Wave Design, STEP, Dungannon Traders Association, Dungannon and District Motorcycling Club and Dungannon Motor Club.