Soapbox Challenge

Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge 2017

Last year Scarcroft Primary School entered the Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge 2016 to design, build and race a homemade “soapbox” go-cart down Micklegate, and raised £500 for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters in the process. The project was a joint effort by the children, parents/grandparents, school and our race sponsor Your Bike Shed.

We are entering the 2017 Soapbox Challenge and asked the children to come up with the design ideas again. The winning design was chosen by the FoSS cart team and our co-cart builders and sponsors at Your Bike Shed.

This year the money raised from our entry will go to the York RSPCA Animal Home as School Council’s chosen charity for the year.

Here are the winning designs for this year’s cart:

It was very hard to choose a single idea from all the good designs and special mentions should go to the designers and makers of the Starship Enterprise (Owen Arch), the shuttlecock cart (Arlow McClure), and the ballet shoe (Lana Harris and Eleanor Sage), and Sid the Spider (Poppy Kay). In the end however, and influenced by the link to the RSPCA, we chose the theme of a hares chasing a turtle (or tortoise cart). This was expressed as a complete idea by Jasmine Hirst with her “rainbow pooping turtle” with hare costumed team chasing and also Evie Sexton (lovely ideas board and brilliant turtle model), Jennifer Wilson and Grace Vanner (combined entry) of both hare and turtle/tortoise drawings and finally Emily Marquess who also had a design with a very nice hare/rabbit outfit for the runners/driver. So this year’s winning designers who will get to unveil it to the rest of school by performing the first test drive in the cart in the playground when it has been built are:


Jasmine Hirst – Mr Cole’s class
Evie Sexton – Mrs Woodhouse’s class
Jennifer Wilson – Mrs Pagan’s class
Grace Vanner – Mrs Pagan’s class
Emily Marques – Mr Roper’s class

We are also pleased to announce that school’s very own Mr Hawksby will be amongst the team riding the cart this year!

The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge is on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017. You can find more information about the event at If you would like to get involved as a parent with the Scarcroft soapbox project please contact David Lindridge at

Here are some of the amazing design entries submitted and a sneak preview of how the cart of coming along:

Photo by Lyndon Smith


Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge 2016

We were very pleased to have a visit at school from our raffle winner Mr Lumley to meet the children responsible for selecting Candlelighters as their chosen charity and those children who designed the cart. Thanks to Lyndon Smith for these photos.

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Thanks to our team partners Your Bike Shed for all their support and to Cobnut Creative Communications for all the great media exposure generated for our fundraising campaign and soapbox entry.

Raffle Results!
Thank you to all who entered our raffle to win the cart or sponsored us on the day or through our JustGiving pages. We raised £490.69 for Candlelighters Trust.

The raffle was drawn at 9am Wednesday 7th September on the first day back at school. Deputy Head Mrs Holton generated the random numbers producing Number 36 as our winner out of 441 entries. The winning entry corresponds to Mr Ted Lumley of Huntington, well done – congratulations.

We have been in contact with Mr Lumley to arrange delivery of the prize and he has very generously gifted the cart back to school! We are very grateful to Mr Lumley for sponsoring us when visiting us in the Pit Lane and even more so for his kindness in gifting the cart to Scarcroft School. Thank you to all who supported our fundraising.

Details from Race Day
On the day of the Soapbox Challenge the racing team, Paul Rowan, Alastair Hudson, Richard Kay, Sapna Fitzgerald and David Lindridge took the Scarcroft cart down two great runs, tackling the 4m start ramp, cobbles and the jump managing a fastest time of 45 seconds, just 5 seconds off the top 10 necessary to progress to the final round. Alastair took a spin and roll stop to deliberately amuse the huge crowds on the final run (the cart is fine, … and Alastair and Richard are ok too) and while we may not have won the time trial we had some great coverage and were the first cart shown on BBC Look North. If you missed us on the day, here are some photos and video (thanks to Kate Mallender Photography for the montage):

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The build team included principally Nick Hampson, Lyndon Smith, David Lindridge and Martin and Damon at Your Bike Shed, with help from Alastair Hudson, Paul Rowan and Sapna and Richard Fitzgerald, to see the build process visit our Just Giving Page which also has details of how you could also win it!



Well done to all the children who submitted designs, there was a great variety and some real talent and effort obviously went in to producing the drawings, plans and models. The cart building team and sponsors Your Bike Shed’s Martin & Adele picked out a short list and in the end the final design for the cart was chosen. Well done to Frances, Kathryn, Conall and Emma in Mrs Pagan’s class for their viking longboat designs. We’ve been making the cart based on an amalgamation of their ideas.  There’s a small selection of some of the ideas submitted and all the designs submitted are up on proud display in the basement gallery cafe at Your Bike Shed Micklegate until the end of August 2016.

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