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Blog posted on 9th September 2016 by Steve Botham
Recently, the Playscheme team took part in the first ever Micklegate Soapbox Challenge in our historic home city of York. As well as great fun for everyone in the company, we were also racing to raise money for Safe and Sound Homes, a charity really close to our hearts. SASH helps homeless 16-25 year olds in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire, and is also our chosen charity throughout 2016. If you don't know about the Micklegate Soapbox Challenge, this is the first year the race has been held. It consists of a hilarious high-speed go-cart race down York's finest street - starting at the top of the steep cobbles at the Bar and coming to a conclusion at the River Ouse. It may all sound like just a bit of fun, but in fact, there were fifty teams from across the country competing to be the first ever champion! Firstly, a big thank you to GW Smith for transforming our timber mock-up into steel reality. After endless lunch and tea breaks spent discussing aerodynamics and safety specifications we finally decided on a basic frame. With the addition of disc brakes and a bicycle suspension, after months of hard work, dedication and preparation, our slide shaped soapbox was ready to go!
Our race day team consisted of driver Jonny Comito, runners Graham Swales, Steve Paylor and John Heaver, engineer Steve Botham and builder Jason Day. With nerves jangling and hearts pounding, our driver Jonny anxiously edged his way to the tip of the four metre high starting ramp. Once down, our runners, dressed as schoolboys, then took over, launching our turbo charged go-cart down the historic cobbles of Micklegate.
After a slightly slow first run, our second run came in at 52 seconds, leaving us in 19th place. Not bad for a first attempt!
The full team had a fantastic day, meeting new friends and raising money for Safe and Sound Homes. We are already planning our title winning soapbox for next year, with smoke effects and flashing lights being just two of the features to be discussed so far. We perhaps could also do with our runners being a bit fitter to cut those crucial few seconds!
Most importantly though, our aim is to raise even more money for our chosen charity!
You can still donate to SASH via our Virgin Money Giving Page. Thank you in advance and a massive thank you to all the people who've sponsored so far.