Flash floos hit town, but don’t stop fundraisers having fun

Belper Games Mud Fights!
Belper Games Mud Fights!

Charity fundraisers did not let the torrential downpours at the weekend stop them as they got into the spirit of things and opted for a spot of mud wrestling to collect cash for their cause.

Roads were flooded and the sporting calendar in the Belper area was largely wiped out as a month’s worth of rain fell in just two hours.

But charity fundraisers at the Belper Games and other events in the area on a packed summer Saturday did not let it spoil the fun.

Revellers taking part in the Belper Games, the ‘It’s a Knock-out’-style contest, took it all in their stride and decided ‘if you can’t beat them, then join them’ as they staged an impromptu mud wrestling contest as the downpour left huge muddy puddles at the venue.

Money was still being counted from the event staged at Belper Rugby Club this week but the third annual Games was declared a huge success.

The popular event was set up to help raise funds for Belper woman Penny Wheeler. Penny suffered from two rare diseases and lost her battle in 2012. But her family vowed to continue raising cash for the charities that support other sufferers.

Organiser Nick Wheeler, Penny’s husband, said: “It was probably the best Belper Games to date, despite the horrendous weather.”

In Horsley Woodhouse those taking part in the parade as part of the village’s annual carnival donned their raincoats and fished out brollies to beat the weather.

A downpour around lunchtime lasting about an hour was followed by a torrential storm just 
after 4pm, which caused flash floods in the area including at Wood Lane, near Smalley crossroads.

A spokesman for Derbyshire fire service said it received 72 flood related calls in the county, attending 14 and giving advice to other callers.

Up to 100 cricket games were either called off as the heavens opened or did not even get under way.

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