On your marks, get set ... mow! Watch as lawn mower racing event takes place to raise money for Ukraine

Dozens of racers straddled their lawn mowers for a race to help raise money to aid the people of Ukraine.

By Jon Peake
Sunday, 15th May 2022, 11:35 am

The North West Lawn Mower Racing Association staged a race meeting in Kirkham yesterday (Saturday) with spectators lining the track.

Lawn mower racing – fondly referred to as ‘the grass roots of motor sport’ – was started back in 1973 by an Irishman called Jim Gavin, who, with a bunch of mates had gone down to a pub in Sussex to discuss his latest motorsport idea.

Jim was heavily involved in rallying and sponsorship was creeping in. Jim didn’t really like this and wanted to create a form of motorsport that was more readily accessible to everyone.

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The North West Lawn Mower Racing Association stages a race meeting weekend in Kirkham to raise money for Ukraine

They looked out across the village green and the groundsman was mowing the cricket pitch. They realised everyone had a lawn mower in their garden shed so said “let’s race them”. A race was organised and about 80 mowers turned up.

Stuart Polkinghorne from Kirkham has been involved in the sport for some 30 years now and hosted this weekend’s meeting at Sunfield Farm, off Freckleton Road, yesterday and today, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15.

"Everyone is welcome – and I hope lots of people come along and have a great time,” said Stuart.

"There’ll be the chance to check out the mowers and see some great sport.”

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You can find more details about the sport at the British Law Mower Racing Association website. Just click here to visit their site.