Plan to add billycarts to Balfour Burn

Sunday's Balfour Burn attracted 824 entrants in its inaugural year. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS
Sunday's Balfour Burn attracted 824 entrants in its inaugural year. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

SUCCESS at Sunday's Balfour Burn challenge has organisers set to return a decades-old tradition to Launceston next year.

Balfour Burn organiser Danielle Blewett yesterday said 824 people registered to race in last weekend's event and, with onlookers included, estimated an overall draw of about 1000 people.

With community participation in mind, Ms Blewett said her next goal would be re-introducing a billycart derby to Launceston tarmac.

"In the 1970s and '80s St Giles had a very famous billycart race to raise funds," Ms Blewett said.

"However, insurance problems through the '80s meant the race had to be cancelled."

She said a promising meeting with the Launceston City Council yesterday sparked a new push to race carts down a section of Balfour Street, providing safety requirements could be met.

"We're hoping next year to also expand the cafe festival into Charles Street," Ms Blewett said.

"Launceston City Council indicated its support for the proper evolution of a cafe festival in Charles Street to raise money for St Giles and have a good time."

One of Australia's leading hill climbing cyclists will also be headhunted as a celebrity addition for next year's event, which has already garnered interest from new sponsors.

Ms Blewett said the organisation would release an official funding tally from Sunday's event late this week.

•Photos from the inaugural Balfour Burn are for sale, with 100 per cent of proceeds donated to St Giles.

For more information about images, or to view the gallery, contact Ms Blewett on 63457333.


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