School Holidays: Billycarts are back

Go! Go! Go!: Rouse Hill Anglican College pupils Tzara Sheaves, 8, and brother Alec, 11, will be third-time entrants in the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby. "I think it just comes down to whether Dad can push them fast enough," quipped their mum, Kerrie Sheaves. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Go! Go! Go!: Rouse Hill Anglican College pupils Tzara Sheaves, 8, and brother Alec, 11, will be third-time entrants in the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby. "I think it just comes down to whether Dad can push them fast enough," quipped their mum, Kerrie Sheaves. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Come enjoy the thrills — and the occasional scraped knees from spills — when billycart racing returns to The Hills on July 20.

Billycarts were used as early as the 1880s and often drawn by a billygoat.

In the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby, kids aged 5½ to 15 will push other kids their age along a straight 100 metre track.

"Generally, it's a driver aged 5½ in the cart and the pusher has to be older than 10," Men in Action director Kerrie Sheaves said of the third such derby, which will be co-hosted by Lighthouse Community Church and Men in Action's Bring a Mate project.

"The Dural and Riverstone Men's Sheds made a dozen billycarts each last year for kids who don't own one to borrow on the day."

There will be prizes in age groups, with all money raised from the event going back into trust for next year's derby.

But kids don't have to wait to get in on the race action.

They can get along to Rouse Hill Town Centre from July 8 to 12 to decorate the carts that will be used in the coming derby.

"We're whitewashing all the carts to give the kids a blank canvas to work on," Mrs Sheaves said of the carts, some of which are made from old prams.

"Participants will be entered into a draw for family movie passes."

GET RACING

The Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby is on Sunday, July 20, 10am to 3.30pm at Rouse Hill Town Centre. It will coincide with a family festival.

Entry: $5 a team (pre-register for unlimited races, or it's $5 a race if the team just shows up).

Details, sponsorship: Kerrie, support@meninaction.com.au or 0404 493 488. Visit http://billycartderby.com.au for more information.

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