The Great Jersey Potato Sack Carry Challenge 2015 Have you got what it takes?

Fri 16 October 2015

Ready for the challenge of the year?

The Great Jersey Potato Sack Carry Challenge, in aid of Jersey Cheshire Home and The Jersey Brain Tumour Charity will take place once again this year on Sunday 29th November. And whilst participants will require a reasonable level of physical fitness to take part, they’re certainly set to have a lot of fun!

The challenge is (simply!) to carry a sack of potatoes to the top of the extremely steep Le Chemin du Catel hill at Greve de Lecq, over a distance of 500 physically exhausting metres – all in aid of charity.

It’s a fun, local event open to women and men of all abilities and entrants can sign up in teams, pairs or as individuals. Fancy dress is preferred but not compulsory and the only rule we do enforce is NO Lycra! Prizes will be awarded to the fastest entries in all categories.

Last year’s event saw 54 teams taking part, with the winning team, ‘The Surfers’ completing the challenge in an outstanding time of 2:24minutes.

Tim De Gruchy, organiser and founder of the annual event set up in 2013, commented:  “The Great Jersey Potato Sack Carry Challenge is the friendliest and probably one of the toughest events in the Jersey calendar, now into its third year we’re expecting to see even more islanders taking part and spectators lining the whole route. All funds will go to support the outstanding contributions of two local charities, Jersey Cheshire Home and The Jersey Brain Tumour Charity. It’s a local event, supported by local companies and authorities to raise money for local people. So come and join us!”

This physically demanding challenge is certainly a test for those taking part, but is nothing in comparison to the challenges faced each day by those individuals that are helped and cared for by Jersey Cheshire Home and The Jersey Brain Tumour Charity.

David Lord, General Manager of the Jersey Cheshire Home explains: “The adults we care for suffer with severe physical disabilities such as MS, Spina Bifida, Strokes and Head injuries – conditions that could affect any one of us – and we do all we can to enable them to lead as full and independent lives as possible, although I can’t say this encompasses running up hill carrying a sack of potatoes! This event is going to be a lot of fun and we’re very grateful to all those taking part.”

Sue May, Trustee and Chairman of the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity agrees: “After the success of the previous event we are thrilled to see it back again & look forward to seeing many islanders taking on this challenge. The islanders we support face many uphill challenges from the moment of diagnosis and we are there every step of the way to help them on their journey & thank all those who are helping with this event.”

The potato sacks, kindly donated by Albert Bartlett for the third consecutive year, weigh in at 15kg for female individuals/teams and 25kg for male individuals/teams and will be auctioned off after the event. Time trials start at 10:30am, but all entrants will need to arrive by 10am for registration.

There’ll even be a FREE kids Potato & Spoon race too this year – split into age groups (under 6’s, under 10’s & under 16’s) the kids will need to race 100metres and get their spud over the finish line on a spoon in the fastest possible time. All entrants must bring their own spoon!

The event coincides with the Simply Christmas Market at Greve de Lecq Barracks, so bring the family along and enjoy a fun day out. Hot food & drink will be available, including mulled cider for those that need the extra kick!

If you’re game you can sign up online now (£16 for individuals, £22 for pairs and £36 for teams of 4) and more information can be found on our Facebook page

Please note all participants must be 18 years or older.  All entries to be paid prior to competing.

About Jersey Cheshire Home:

Jersey Cheshire Home provides Residential and Day Care, along with Respite Services, Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy to adults suffering with physical disabilities.

The Home relies on donations and public fundraising efforts to enable their residents to lead full and independent lives and to provide access to activities and events that others may take for granted. Disabilities they care for include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Spina Bifida, Strokes and Head injuries amongst others.

This year Jersey Cheshire Home are raising funds towards the vital renovation of their Hydrotherapy Pool – a dedicated facility that is crucial to the resident’s wellbeing and also benefits many individuals and groups in the wider community.

Jersey Cheshire Home is a registered member of the Association of Jersey Charities (No 060)

About The Jersey Brain Tumour Charity:

Brain tumours can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, background or lifestyle. In Jersey more than 20 people are diagnosed every year with a brain tumour.

The existence of the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity means that any local person diagnosed with a brain tumour is able to receive the specialist practical, emotional and financial support they and their family’s need, which previously in Jersey was lacking.

The Jersey Brain Tumour Charity is the only charity in Jersey dedicated to providing this support. It receives no statutory funding and relies on grant making trusts, the private sector and its own fundraising efforts ensure those who need support receive it when they need it most.