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Julie Walters joins lawn mower racing teams

Grass Clippings - Julie Walters Lawn Mower RacingIt’s not quite the fast and the furious.

But there’s no doubt that this 12 hour lawnmower overnight race is a real test of endurance.

Click on the BLMRA link below to find out more about this fun sport. 

A total of 34 teams lined up for the highlight of sport's surprisingly busy racing calendar in Five Oaks, West Sussex, the other weekend.

And the winning team, which included experienced racers Mark Rostron, Andy Rostron and Darren Whitehead, completed 366 laps of the 1.37km circuit by 8am.

Hollywood actress Julie Walters got proceedings underway as she waved the Union Jack to signal the start of the race at 8pm on Saturday August 9.

She said: ‘I’m so shocked at how dangerous, for a start, it looks. There’s one corner that is so sharp. It’s very exciting though. I can see how people become obsessed with it.’

On the very first lap one of the mowers overturned on a tight bend marking the start of a treacherous race.   Mental and physical exhaustion can be a problem for the drivers, but these men and women clearly relished every gruelling bump of the punishing course.

Racer Clive Atton said: ‘I’ve done half an hour and I’ve broken the motor. They fixed it and sent me back out, but I just thought I’m going to die. I’m so tired and I’ve only done one stint.’

A heavy downpour at midnight made the course even more challenging and fun to watch!  There were many breakdowns, but most of the mowers were still in the race by 8am. 

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