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Tar Barrels Half Marathon
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 18, 2008: In tune with the current Olympic Spirit, the Hatherleigh Tar Barrel Boys will undertake a sponsored Tar Barrel pull to Winkleigh and back on Saturday August 30th. That's about 13 1/2 miles ... the equivalent to a Half Marathon! This follows their successful 'World Tour 2007' pull to Iddesleigh last year (pictured above - it was a mere 7 miles) when over 900 was raised to maintain Hatherleigh's important flaming Tar Barrel tradition. About 25 Boys plan to pull this time and, acccording to a usually unreliable source, some of them have even been spotted training. We also hear that one has bought a special pair of trainers for the occasion! The Tar Barrel Half Marathon takes place on Saturday August 30th starting at about 11am in The Square! Come out and support the Boys in their incredible project and please sponsor them generously, as to keep the tar barrels tradition alive requires ever increasing amounts of money, time and effort.

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