On Saturday 3rd September 2011 we staged what we believe to be the first ever World Championship Hop Pocket Race. This unique event took place again in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Now in its seventh year, the event continues to be sponsored by the award winning Wye Valley Brewery and the internationally renowned hop merchant Charles Faram & Co. who provide the World Championship Trophies to the winning teams and mementos to each team member in recognition of their world-beating achievement.
The event involves teams of 4 carrying a full size hop pocket against the clock around a road course of 553 yds and an obstacle in Bromyard Town centre. The Hop Pockets are filled to a weight of 70 kilos for the senior race and 50 kilos for the ladies and junior races.
There will be several classes in the race
Novelty and Fancy Dress Classes open to everyone in a variety of events.
Senior Open to teams of 4 people of any age and gender
Ladies Open to teams of 4 women of any age
Junior Open to teams of 4 people of any gender under 18 on August 27th 2017
Childrens Open to teams of 4 children of any gender under 12 on August 27th 2017
Each team will be racing for the honour of being the World Champion in their category. In addition to the trophies, Wye Valley Brewery will present award winning beer to the winning Senior and Ladies teams. Each member of the winning junior team will receive a £5 voucher.
Taking part in this unique event will provide every business, club etc. with an unrivalled marketing, promotional, recruitment opportunity; and, who could possibly resist becoming the next World Champion??
The Hop Pocket World Championship is the only event of its kind in the world – don’t miss the 2017 championship to be held on Saturday the 27th August!!