Date announced for return of Ashbourne's soapbox race

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After months of social distancing and cancelled events, Ashbourne could soon be looking forward to its biggest ever gathering this summer, as plans are well under-way to hold the 2021 soapbox race.

Organisers of the event, which attracted 7,000 people in 2019, are working on the assumption that the current staycation culture and the huge success of the inaugural race could bring even more people into Ashbourne – providing coronavirus restrictions have lifted.

The volunteer-run committee that organises the race announced on Monday that they were pressing ahead with plans to run the second Ashbourne Soapbox Race on Sunday, September 12 - and teams can start signing up in just a few weeks time.

Committee chairman Sean Clayton said the team has decided to carry on organising the event for 2021 with a sense of optimism, despite it having to be cancelled last year, as all indications are that

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