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Penarth's famous Downhill Derby open for entries!


Entry for Penarth's famous Downhill Derby is officially open for entries.

The Downhill Derby, which is now in its 10th year will kick off the start of the 2020 Summer Festival Weekend on the 11th and 12th of July on Penarth's Seafront.

Each year, the event attracts thousands of spectators, with entrants travelling from across the UK to participate in the annual Soapbox Race, down Cliff Hill towards the Esplanade.

Entrants in previous years have included one of Cardiff's Famous Bendy Buses and the MV Balmoral.

As well as inviting professional entries, organisers are keen to welcome homemade go-kart racers from individuals and groups who've never taken part before.

Video: Penarth Downhill Derby 2015

Participants will rattle down a 300m length of Cliff Hill, with the finish line outside the Yacht Club on the Esplanade.


Karts will battle against chicanes, water hazers and ramp jumps.

Prizes are awarded for speed and creativity in each age group and special prizes include most spectacular kart, the trader’s cup and the hotly contested 2020 King of the Hill title.

Co-founder of the race, Elliot Penn said “We’re very proud of how Penarth has embraced the event. Every year gets bigger and better and 2020 is sure to bring new thrills and surprises. We welcome all entrants, whether they’re regular racers or new to the Derby.”

Anyone can enter, including under 16's. The only rule is that the kart is human powered, homemade and able to stop

Entry is just £5 per Kart, payable online. Entry forms and full details can be found via

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