16 June 2024

Rugby club’s fundraising tractor run to spread festive cheer

Young rugby players in Hornsea and the surrounding areas are preparing to launch their first-ever fundraising Christmas tractor run.

The event will be in aid of the Hornsea and Holderness Mini and Junior Section of Hornsea RUFC, which is celebrating its centenary year.

A spokesman said: “We are a small but successful grassroots rugby club with strong community links. We have an amazing group of children and teams at various ages and skill levels, and our coaches help youngsters understand and enjoy the amazing game of rugby. We are a family-focused club and are always looking for new players to join.

“The aim of this event is to raise some much-needed funds for the Mini and Junior Section while spreading a bit of Christmas cheer to the wider community.”

The festive road run, taking place on Saturday, December 9, will be predominantly tractors,
but other vehicles are welcome, as long as they are “dressed up” for Christmas.

The route is about 19 miles, travelling through Hornsea and local villages.

Entries are £15, including a hot supper and hot drink at the end, while passenger meal tickets can be bought in advance for £5. There will be a small prize for the best-decorated vehicle.

Entry forms are available from Elaine Cook at [email protected] or 07780 902496. To guarantee food, forms must be received back by December 2.

The run will leave Hornsea School’s Atwick Road entrance at 5pm on December 9, arriving in Seaton at 6pm, then Leven at 6.15-6.30pm, Brandesburton at 6.45pm, Bewholme at 7pm, an Atwick at 7.15pm, returning to Hornsea School at 7.30pm. Timings are approximate.

Volunteer coach Iain Poole said: “Over the past few seasons the Mini and Junior Section has grown at an alarming rate.

“A long tradition in rugby is that as well as providing playing kit, we provide training equipment each year for our growing teams and go through about 100 rugby balls each year at various sizes.

“We also have to ensure we can feed every player for free after each home game, which can sometimes be more than 150 children, so to this end the club is always looking for sponsors and the team is always running fundraisers to ensure the club has the funds to continue.

“We are so excited about this new event, which is going to be a first for Hornsea and the rugby club.

“Everyone is welcome to come down and look at the tractors before they leave at 5pm prompt on December 9, and we also have places left for you to join in should you so wish.”

For more information, visit hnhrufc.co.uk or facebook.com/HNHRUFC.