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Old Dalby Crown regular Matt Spicer and team mates Sam Carter and Phil Kerr have been awarded top honours in the annual Old Dalby Surf Club downhill run.  In the process, they’ve helped the village and pub regulars raise over £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A tight interpretation of the rules at this annual fund (and hair) raising event saw the intrepid trio judged winners for the speed and the elegance of their run in a three man bob sleigh.  “Not difficult to see why; we had the best machine, the strictest training regime and with Sam and Phil, we had two of the pub’s favourite staff members in the side.  The judges are to be praised for their good taste and clever perception of beauty,” said Matt.

Caption: (l-r) The Crown’s landlady, Rachael Higgins, surfer Geoff Gilbey, event sponsor Mark Brooks, and Diane Orson from Melton Mowbray Macmillan Cancer Support.

Geoff Gilbey, whose run in a converted shopping trolley left the judges speechless, joined landlady Rachael Higgins and the event’s sponsor, Mark Brooks, to make the cheque presentation.  “This is our fourth year and with each event, we’ve realised more and more how generous the people of Old Dalby are.  We never expected we could raise over £2,000 and have so much fun doing it,” he says.  “Thanks everyone.”

For Melton Mowbray Macmillan Cancer Support, Diane Orson, said how pleased she was to receive the money. “This will be used to improve the lives of people living with cancer.  We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care,” she says.  “All of us in the Melton Mowbray branch thank the barmy surfers, Crown regulars, Rachael, her staff and Castle Rock Brewery for their support.”