The Pagham Pram Race was started in 1946 by a group of demobbed servicemen, who decided to race with one pushing a pram and the other as a baby in it. The challenge was to drink a pint at all the village pubs and the prize a Christmas fruit cake.
Since then, the race has taken place every Boxing Day whatever the weather and has grown in popularity, with more than 60 entrants last year. The three-mile route starts at the mill on Pagham Road and passes The Bear, The Lamb and The Beach Cafe before finishing at The Lamb car park.
Recently appointed Vice President of the Pagham Pram Race Tim Holland said: “This fun event has really become ‘Star Studded’ over the years and we have had spectacular entrants from The Wizard of Oz to Star Wars, but who will this year’s Star be?”
“Thanks to sponsors, entrants and spectators we’ve raised many, many thousands of pounds for local good causes over the years. In 2015 we were able to hand out more than £15,000 to local charities and organisations with our Helping Others Grants.”
Anyone can enter the race – they just need to be over the age of 18. You can enter on the day, or online via the website at www.paghampramrace.com. There are a number of categories including fancy dress, novelty and public houses.
Tim added: “This race has really caught the imagination over the years and we have had some fantastic costumes and prams. It’s a fun event for all the family to enjoy – last year we had around 6,000 spectators, it is an ideal way to blow away the cobwebs and over-indulgence of the Christmas break, especially on a frosty morning”.
“Come and celebrate with us and support local good causes.”
The entry fee is a donation of £10 per pram and the race starts at 11am. To find out more and to enter, visit the website.