Drivers rise to the challenge

11:35 25 October 2012

The Active Budleigh festival. Levi Jarvis, aged 10 takes the checkered flag in the mobility scooter time trial challenge sponsored by BMobile of Exmouth. Ref exb 4663-42-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Active Budleigh festival. Levi Jarvis, aged 10 takes the checkered flag in the mobility scooter time trial challenge sponsored by BMobile of Exmouth. Ref exb 4663-42-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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People aged from five to 93 went head-to-head at the mobility scooter time trials at the Lime Kiln car park last weekend.

The event was one of many which made up the Active Budleigh Festival, which also included a ‘bushcraft experience’ with Chris Holland and a BMX display by MBE Ltd pro-riders and world champion Kye Forte.

Visitors also had the chance to try a range of dancing styles including Scottish and English country dancing while a ‘street dance workshop’ was held by Matt Macklin.

The time trials gave people the chance to have some fun in a safe environment and event co-ordinator, Mark McGlade, director of Home Instead Senior Care said: “The event was popular across all age groups with 98 entries competing to complete a circuit with hair pin bends, fast straights and tight curves.

“The competitors ranged from age five to 93 and the competition was fierce with some competitors returning three or four times to improve their times to top the leader board.”

Mobility scooters for the event were kindly provided by local mobility supplier, B-Mobile of Exmouth which also attended the event to provide support and instruction to the entrants as well as general advice on mobility aids.

Co-ordinator Trudie Burne said: “To just see so many happy faces everywhere you looked all weekend was thrilling, it was just so much fun!

“All ages from all backgrounds enjoyed the same festival and all in our home town. It was a whole lot of hard work organising it all, but we hope it has paid off and that our community across the board has gained some lovely memories.”

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