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Revised rules for Sutton Valence pram race

Thursday 7th December 2017

THE Sutton Valence pram race will go ahead – but increased safety rules have been put in place following this year’s tragedy.

The future of the race was in doubt after Francis ‘Titch’ O’Sullivan died after an accident during the annual event on New Year’s Day.

Titch, who was 52, died after suffering a head injury when the vehicle he was travelling in hit the kerb.

The 2018 event – the 38th in the history of the event – was confirmed via Facebook on Thursday morning, with the publication of “revised” rules, which include a number of safety enhancements.

Among them is that all riders in the prams must wear a safety helmet. All entrants will also receive a safety induction before the start.

All prams must also have four wheels - the one Titch was in last year, which was designed to look like a spitfire, had just three.  

The main race at the event comprises two laps, the first a “dry” run around the course and the second “wet”, with a small beaker of beer to be drunk at all four pubs on the second lap.

There is also a veterans’ race for over-40s, which consists of just one wet lap.