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Video: Danger Mouse, the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine...it can only mean one thing... The Beaconsfield Stretcher Race
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DANGER Mouse, the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine helped bring Beaconsfield to a virtual standstill today as hundreds of onlookers watched in fascination as a wacky tradition took place.
The annual stretcher race featured a panoply of strange and fantastical characters, who dashed and drank their way around the town.
The Cliff Richard Appreciation Society were triumphant for the second year in a row, winning by about 30 seconds.
Teams had to carry one member on a stretcher, going from pub to pub, and having to consume a drink before moving on to the next.
They ran as quickly as they could, while avoiding the many spectators in the jam packed town centre, which was buzzing with activity, as the country fayre took place simultaneously.
Winning captain Mark Stroud, whose team were sponsored by TCS Autos in High Wycombe, said: “We're really buzzing to win it a second year in a row, we didn't expect that at all but we trained very well.
“The hardest part is the start, getting up the pace, but once you have got into a rhythm you get into the flow.”
He pledged his team, which included Dan Robinson, Kali Walker, John Penge and Tom Perry, would be back again in 2014 to re-claim their title.
They threw down the gauntlet to rivals Beaconsfield Rugby Club, who came third behind The Only Way is Beaconsfield, to take them on again next year.
Fourth were Luck of the Irish, a group of friends from Oxford Brookes University, comprising Simon Yallop, Alice Duffy, Matt Norman, James Beaumont and Ben Collins. (SEEN in video below)
The pals have been entering for years, saying it was always good fun, though adding: “It gets harder each year.”
The Clericals grabbed fifth place.
Best fancy dress award went to The Dads, who were all dressed as babies, wearing nappies. Runners up were Tommy K the DJ.
The chainmail clad knights scattered around the town were organisers from Beaconsfield Round Table, which has been running the event for years.
Round Table Chairman James Hartley said: “It was a really good event and the weather was amazing which always makes a difference.”
Money raised at the event goes to charity.
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