Micklegate Run Soap Box Challenge

Funded on Spacehive 24 June 2016

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Micklegate Run Soap Box Challenge

Johnny Hayes By Johnny Hayes

The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge is destined to be a daring but hilarious go-cart race across the cobbles of Micklegate – one of York’s best known streets.

York Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 24 Jun 2016!

The Soap Box Challenge will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend - Sunday 28th August. 50 teams from around the UK will compete, racing their homemade soapbox carts across the ancient cobbles. Starting from Micklegate Bar on the far south west corner of the walled city, the carts will shake and vibrate their way downwards towards the River Ouse and winners’ trophy.

Promising to be a fantastic, fun day out for the whole family including local residents and visitors, it is hoped the race will become a favourite ‘must do’ in the city’s events’ calendar. During the day spectators and competitors will be able to enjoy live music, street food, children’s events and shopping. The numerous pubs and bars will be geared up to welcome the crowds and the media attention.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create an event that will become as iconic as some of the biggest Soap box events anywhere.
  • Raise the profile of one of York's finest streets by attracting residents and visitors to something special
  • restore a sense of community and encourage fresh life into this part of York

Why it's a great idea:

This is a wonderful, elegant street and, unlike any other in the city, it’s wide, cobbled and reaches down towards the river. It's scattered with wonderful independent shops that don't receive the footfall they deserve because of highstreet chain competitors.

It’s hoped the Micklegate Run will bring people back and let them see that this hidden gem is the perfect setting for street parties and events. The day will make everyone smile and feel part of a great celebration while investing in the street’s future.

Steps to get it done:

  • We have strong leadership.
  • We have the support of the local authority and many businesses.
  • This is a wonderful idea and people are feeling inspired to take part. That will create interest and support.
  • We have a brilliant team with lots of experience of community events like this.
  • We have fantastic support and amazing enthusiasm which will move mountains.
  • We have good backers and dozens of companies, businesses. schools and individuals wanting to take part.
  • We have interest from the media.

This event will be fun and a great opportunity for families, businesses and charities to raise money. It will remind people that Micklegate is a great family street as well as a lively place after dark. And as the carts hurtle downwards across the cobbles and into the big bend, it will put Micklegate back on the map!

Sunday 28th August 2016 – Let’s all head for Micklegate - York's finest street

The brilliant independent shops and businesses on Micklegate would love this event to be the huge success it deserves to be. With your help it will realise its goal.

Micklegate Needs You. Please Support the Run!

Location York

About the space

Micklegate York


City of York Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £10,852

Barriers x 400 - £2,000 (18%)
Stewards 20 x ICS - £2,000 (18%)
250 Hay bails - £1,000 (9%)
Posters Publicity - £800 (7%)
Staging bands Radio - £650 (6%)
First Aiders - £600 (6%)
Toilets x 10 - £500 (5%)
Bunting - £500 (5%)
Road Closure - £500 (5%)
Bus reorganization - £300 (3%)
Other - £2,002 (18%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Barriers x 400
Stewards 20 x ICS
250 Hay bails
Posters Publicity
Staging bands Radio
First Aiders
Toilets x 10
Road Closure
Bus reorganization
  • Spacehive fees
  • Signage
  • Sundries
  • Insurance
  • Hire Equipment
  • Waste Bins bags etc
  • VAT
  • Transport van hire
  • Transaction Fees

Total £10,852

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