Taranaki trolley race for all ages

Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014
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RACE TIME: Event organiser Joshua Mills shows off a suitable trolley all ready for the Taranaki Trolley Derby on November 1 and encourages everyone to join the fun.

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November's New Plymouth trolley derby will be an action-filled event open to anyone.

Joshua Mills, organiser of the Taranaki Trolley Derby to be held at Witt on November 1, said the idea for the event was based on a similar one in Auckland.

"We aspire to get something like the Red Bull Trolley Derby into Taranaki," Mills said.

He has high hopes the derby will draw competitors from around the mountain.

"We just want to get the town together and have a bit of fun as a community, in the form of pushing trolleys down a hill."

According to Mills, all participants' trolleys must be non-motorised, have at least three wheels, and a functioning brake that works on two of the wheels.

"There'll be hay bales at the bottom of the track if you go too fast."

Mills said the day would also boast other attractions, including a bouncy castle, continuous music, face-painting stations, spot prizes and food.

After the event competitors can make a donation to the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust.

"Have fun for a good cause - it's a double win," Mills said.

Registrations for the event are open, fees starting at just $5. The first five people to register will receive a free T-shirt and sticker. See the Facebook page "New Plymouth Trolley Derby" for further information.

James MacLeod is a Witt journalism student

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