The Great Potato Sack Carry Challenge 2014!

Tue 2 December 2014

We would like say a huge thank you to all those who participated in this fun and energetic fundraiser and helped to raise funds for both Jersey Brain Tumour Charity and Jersey Cheshire Homes. The teams showed great stamina as they ran up the hill, weighed down by huge sacks of potatoes!

We would like to say a warm thank you to Tim De Gruchy who spent many hours organising this fab event and to everyone who worked along side Tim in the run up to the day!

54 participants took part in one of toughest events on the Jersey calendar, running the 500 metre course with a 15kg (Women’s) or 25kg (Men’s) sack of potatoes up Le Chemin de Moulin Barracks to Crabbe at Greve de Lecq on Sunday.

The record time was set by a team of 4 Men named, ‘The Surfers.’ They understood the event strict rules of lycra being forbidden and choose to wear full lengthen wetsuits!  John Pirouet lead the charge, supported by cousin Paul Pirouet, Fergus Gibson and Steve Price recording 2mins 24sec.  In the winning Womens 4, John’s sister, Jan Richardson took the title with Angela Hickinbottom, Kirsty Fosse and Sam De Gruchy with 4mins 11sec.  Emma Connolly gained maximum respect from all present for undertaking the solo challenge gaining a course record of 4min 12sec (Emma had also taken part in the Sandstorm challenge the day before and was going rugby training after).


Tim said “We can’t thank our sponsors enough, Tim Ward from Albert Bartlett, who donated all the sacks for the challenge, Sarah Taylor at Simply Christmas, Juliette Gallichan and John Alcock for St Mary Parish and the National Trust.  With their help the event was even more successful than last year.

The event was a pleasure to organise as every contact provided their support and, the few obstacles were softened with their help.  Supporting the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity and Jersey Cheshire Homes just before Christmas will provide some real benefit to the work they tirelessly undertake.  Thank you to all those who supported.”