Not only is the 'big day' upon us, but in the motorcycle world, there's another big day about to come around for the 90th time on the 26th december. The annual 'Wild and Wooly' motorbike event attracts thousands of spectators every boxing day as competitors wrangle the banks and tracks set out over three sections of increasingly stickier mud.
The race has been a tradition of Blisworth for nearly a century now with attendance always in the thousands, braving the cold and hangovers to watch family and friends compete for the title. Our very own James Berrill has won the race twice but will be there only in a spectator capacity this year!
The race is reportedly the oldest motorbike race in the world, held in a field in Blisworth and temporarily moved to leicestershire last year due to unforseen circumstances. Winners and competitors come from all types of background - from amateurs to moto-cross regulars, there's a real mix of ability battling it out across a gruelling course. The mix of ability really does make it more interesting, as even the seasoned pros can come undone by the mistakes of the beginners. This keeps everyone on edge as you can imagine!
Last year's winner as Jack Lee is becoming a familiar face at the races now, with an impressive lap count of 17, closely followed by Chas Lee at 15.
The race always kicks off dead on 11am and usually lasts an hour or so, with all proceeds going to local charities as well as Help for Heroes and Air Ambulance.
Fraser Law, the race organiser said regarding last year's race:
“As far as conditions go the race was divided into three sections. A difficult beginning was followed by an easier middle, rounded off by a really tough finish. For practice and the opening laps of the race the widened water crossing one proved a real challenge. Crossing three which is traditionally the most difficult, rode well at this point. By the mid-section of the race, the initial water and loose mud cleared as riders came to grips with the track. Most were circulating quite well at this point. From around lap ten the mud became sticky and heavier, making the finish really tough as the riders began to tire. "
You can find out more at www.nmcc.co.uk/Wooly2014%20report.htm