The Eynsham Shirt Race was first run in 1958 and has continued ever since.. There are apparently a number of shirt races attempted around the country but none compare with the spectacle and gusto as seen in Eynsham. Reputedly the second oldest pram race in the country!
On carnival day (the first Saturday of July) the brave & feckless assemble at the school lay by in Witney Road at 11.30am in fan-tabulous 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.
The first team to reach the finish line by the White Hart pub obviously wins..
The Men’s Trophy (in memory of Bill Allsworth)
Is awarded to the first male pair to cross the finish line.
Ladies Trophy (in memory of Suzanne Wastie)
Is awarded to the first female pair to cross the finish line.
The Mixed Combo Trophy
Is awarded to either the first male and female pair to cross the finish line or
team with more than two entrants.
The Darnell`s Nut Award
Is for the most over engineered home made method of transport.
There are also prizes for the top 5 teams for the best fancy dressed and decorated vehicles.