The Eynsham Shirt Race
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Eynsham Shirt Race, 2nd oldest event of its kind in England, possibly the world?
The Eynsham Shirt Race was first run in 1958 and has been run every year since; with the current starter upper role being played by Shirley King.
There are apparently a number of shirt races attempted around the country but none compare with the spectacle and gusto seen in Eynsham – reputedly the second oldest pram race in the country with Bampton taking title of the very very oldest!
On carnival day the brave & feckless assemble at the school lay by in Witney Road at 11.30am in fantabulous fancy dress; each team armed with a non motorised vehicle, designed, engineered & built to last the seven furlongs
The shirt race is run with the two person (politically correct)! Teams ‘running’ the seven furlongs, which, just so happens to take in seven pubs; with each team swapping pusher & vehicle rider at each pub, after indulging in a quick half, commencing at 12:15pm. The first team to reach the white hart obviously wins..