Shropshire Star

Stretton tractor run returns to the hills

Tractors from across the county will be congregating at a pub in the Shropshire hills before setting out on a day-long ride out for charity.

Mike Richards, Maria Jones of Midlands Air Ambulance and Tim Bebbington.

A tractor run across the Long Mynd in south Shropshire has been held every year for almost a decade now, and regularly raises hundreds of pounds for good causes.

Organised by coach driver Mike Richards, from Picklescott, and farmer Tim Bebbington, of Botvyle Farm in All Stretton, it attracts vintage farm vehicle buffs from far and wide coming to take part.

Setting out from the Yew Tree Pub at All Stretton at 10am on September 3, the tractor run will see dozens of of the agricultural vehicles trailed in convoy across the some of Shropshire more remote high places, off the beaten track over the heathland on the iconic Long Mynd.

Mike Richards said: "This will be our ninth annual Stretton Hills Charity Tractor Run, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance .

"We usually have a good attendance of up to 50 tractors taking part and the day the day last five to six hours.

"The event gives people who have old tractors the chance to give them a run and while doing so can take in the breathtaking views of the Long Mynd and surrounding areas.

"For this event we have the support of the National Trust, at Cardington Mill Valley, and the generous support from Wildes Plant Hire from Dorrington.

"We welcome all entries and enquiries with road legal tractors, and they can register on the day or contact us before if they wish.

"We arrange a coffee break en route and lunch at the Bridge's Pub at Ratlinghope half way through the day, returning to All Stretton around 4pm."

Anyone wishing to take part or donate to the cause can contact Mike on 07966 200005 or Tim on 01694 722869.