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Welcome to the 2009 Annual Gambo Race coverage on Kenfig.org website. A couple of changes to the norm this year, in addition to still photos of the event we are including video footage as well; we have had to sacrifice taking still photos on the hill between the Prince & the Angel to concentrate on video work at the start - hope you all enjoy.
The video section includes edited trailer footage of the 2009 Annual Gambo Race.
A DVD of the 2009 event is being compiled and will be for sale towards the end of the year - profits from the sale of the DVD will be donated to charity; the remainder will go towards the management and up keep of this very website project.
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Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group
The Glamorgan Gazette Newspaper
A commission by the editor of the Glamorgan Gazette had been made to Mr Rob Bowen to provide photographs of the 2009 Gambo Race for a double centre spread in this local weekly newspaper.
A local Bridgend photographer subsequently supplied the newspaper with photos of this event on the mornning deadline of Monday 31 August - the newspaper has used these photos and apolgised for any inconvenience caused.
Information about the Gambo Race - Latest News
The 10th Anniversary Race is Back up & Running - Read the Statement by Bruce Anderson below for further information.
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R.I.P. The Gambo Race - Statement by 'Lopper' Wilson (Event Organiser) 31.08.09
R.I.P. THE GAMBO RACE
It is with great regret and sadness that the Kenfig.org website can announce that the organisers of the Gambo Race have terminated this community event with immediate effect due to the sheer bloody mindedness of teenage yobs and their outlandish and destructive behaviour at the Royal British Legion, Pyle on 30 August 2009.
Organisers Statement - Facebook
GAMBO RACE NO MORE - Event Organiser Statement
It saddens me and breaks my heart to announce. (Which I thought, I would never have to say, as I have fought tooth and nail for this event.) But as far as I am concerned, the Gambo race is no more.
Due to a small minority, who with a total lack of disrespect for themselves, other people, the police, the property of the Royal British Legion and its fittings.
I have no other option but to pull away from an event that was the calendar event, day and night for so many. After all the hard work put in by so many people, this small band of idiots, delinquents and general nuisances should hang their heads in shame.
They have managed in a short time to undo the hard work of so many.
An event, that brings so much fun and happiness to children and adults alike.
And what really hurts me that local organizations will suffer a cash input because of those mindless drunken cretins, cretins who thought it would be great to drink as much alcohol as they could (most if not all. Not even purchased at the Legion) then decide to push a toilet over, urinate where they felt like, throw the bottles or leave them on the floor for innocent bystanders to walk on, fight and act in a way that a three year old child would not do. (Again I say HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME)
I say a small minority because the vast amounts of people come out as they should do, and enjoyed the carnival atmosphere of the day and night.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank the police, who despite some nasty comments by a few, gave up their valuable time (many working for nothing) to ensure that this event went as it should be. A community charity event|)
Remember the police along with myself and a few colleagues were sober and was sadden to witness these idiots perform.
Some innocent people got caught in the mayhem when the police rightly put an end to what was basically a very successful night and I apologize for that.
The bands with so many others, to many to mention give up their FREE TIME to ensure that the Gambo race, along with other events throughout the year go ahead. They are supported by a very large crowd that appreciates their endless work.
My last comment.
Which breaks heart to say? R.I.P. THE GAMBO RACE.
You served us well and brought fun, happiness and a community spirit to so many,
(You will probably never know how much this hurts for me to write the above. And I wipe the tears from my eyes as I put pen to paper.)
For all who have helped throughout, and for all who enjoyed those wacky events.
Lopper (Gambo committee)
Source: Cynffig Community Annual Gambo Race - Facebook
2010 Gambo Race is Back up and runnning - Statement by Bruce Anderson (Official Gambo Race Committee) 06-09-09
The 10th Anniversary Race is 'Back up and Running'
Statement by Bruce Anderson - Official Gambo Race Committee
After much deliberation between the Gambo Committee, and following overwhelming public support we have decided to push ahead with next year’s Gambo Race – the 10th Anniversary.
We will certainly face obstacles during next year’s organisation of the event following the problems and the end of this year’s event. However we hope that the whole community gets behind us and supports us in any way they can.
One thing that will have to happen is that the main organiser Douglas “Lopper” Wilson will have to have more help and support from everyone, which includes the Gambo committee. The event has now grown to such a scale that it is impossible for one man to shoulder all the responsibility of organising and hosting the event.
It is up to everyone in the community to get behind him and show your support. Please e mail email@example.com if anyone can offer any support ideas etc on running the event. Any ideas etc would be most welcome.
There are two main areas of concern that could cause the Gambo race problems in the future. The first and most serious is the amount of underage drinkers attaching themselves to the event. The Gambo race first and foremost is meant to be a family event. That means families can come along and enjoy the day and feel safe and comfortable wherever they are on the route.
However we know of numerous people who didn’t come to this year’s event due to problems they witnessed last year regarding the underage drinking and associated anti social behaviour.
Its seems many youngsters see the Gambo Race not as a community day of fun and enjoyment but as a day to get as drunk as they possibly can resulting in antisocial behaviour. This will not be tolerated at next year’s event by anyone.
As we will probably have to pay a substantial sum of money to the police to supervise the event, we will be expecting the police to crack down on not just the underage drinkers but also on the establishments that supply them with alcohol. We do not want the underage drinkers there full stop!!!
So I ask all parents to ensure that if their children are attending the event unaccompanied that they are made aware of this. The Gambo race is not a babysitting service. We also hope that anyone witnessing any sort of underage drinking etc on the day that they make the police aware so they can deal with the situation.
Obviously the public houses will deal with any underage drinkers on their premises and the police will deal with problems around the route. Hopefully these idiots who were drunk and disorderly around the villages and who ruined the end of the Gambo concert will get the message and stay away.
It was these idiots whose behaviour caused the police to bring an end to the events that evening – which was heavy handed to say the least. The local police during the day were a credit and handled the race superbly.
There was bad behaviour in the Legion but listening to people who witnessed the events some of the police present over reacted and were heavy handed. I say some because many of the police were doing a fantastic job.
The second problem is that people are not supporting the local pit stops and are bringing their own refreshments to consume on the various pit stop premises. Without the pubs support the race simply cannot happen.
I ask all the teams that enter that they purchase their refreshments at the pit stops and support the pubs. All refreshments are supplied at a very reasonable price so there is no excuse.
Also this year a new rule will be introduced that no refreshments are to be consumed between the official pit stops by the teams entering. We do not want to relay the wrong image regarding the race – most photos taking during the route have nearly all the teams with cans in their hand (the official Gambo committees team probably one of the worst).
Obviously if people want to bring their own refreshments to consume on the public areas that are not part of the pit stop premises (e.g. the bank opposite the Arms/New House) then that is their business and their choice.
All we ask is that people support the local pit stops as much as they can as they also donate to the Gambo fund. Many local off licenses make an absolute fortune on Gambo day yet do not donate to the Gambo fund!
However on a much more positive note this year’s Gambo race and rock concert was a resounding success. The weather did not deter anyone from having a good time with the crowd numbers superb for such a dismal day.
Thanks go to Rod Evans and the bands who gave up their time for free and who put on an outstanding show enjoyed by all. The Gambos in particular this year were absolutely unbelievable. The thought that went into them and the quality of the Gambos and fancy dress was the highest we have seen yet.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary and most teams we have talked to are really going to go for it next year. Let’s make next year’s event the best yet and hopefully see yet more teams enter to mark the 10th anniversary.
We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support and know we can rely on the community as a whole to pull together to continue to make the event as successful as ever. If we can iron out the problems we have then there is no reason why the Gambo race cannot continue for many years. As mentioned previously the most pressing problem is that of underage drinkers and their anti social behaviour and once again the message to these idiots is STAY AWAY!!
We would like to thank Lopper in particular for all the effort he puts. Most people have no idea what he does behind the scenes in the months leading up to the event. The event is now that large that he simply cannot continue to organise it by himself and needs everyone’s support for next year’s event. Please offer your services, help ideas etc – next year more than ever we will need the communities support and assistance to ensure the event is as successful as previous years.
Thanking you all for your continued support
Official Gambo Race Committee
Source: Cynffig Community Annual Gambo Race - Facebook
Finding Photos of this Years Event
We are currently putting all the photos together for this website.
The following sections have been uploaded... more to come soon.
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Video Section - The Annual Gambo Race 2009
Pyle Music Festival 2009
Trailer Video footage of this event can found in the above video player.
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Photo Section - The Annual Gambo Race 2009
The Teams 2009
There were 25 teams in the 2009 Annual Gambo Race.
The Judges & Best Dressed Gambo 2009
The judging of the Gambo's at the 2009 event was supposed to have been made by ex-Welsh Rugby Captain Jonathan Humphries and another member of the current Ospreys Rugby Squad; sadly due to family commitments Jon Humphries sadly wasn't able to execute these duties.
The current Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Jeff Tildesly and his consort, together with Bridgend County Borough Coucillor for Cornelly, Mrs Megan Butcher were at hand to execute the duties of judging the 2009 event.
The best dressed Gambo and winning team 2009 were the actual Gambo Race organisers themselves.
Cynffig Community Annual Gambo Race Committee representing the Cornelly Arms - their theme was the Circus.
Pyle Music Festival - Pyle British Legion
A music festival provided free of charge by local bands and musicians in aid of the Gambo Race Fund. Featuring Ziggy Gielstein, The Hunted, Back to the Attic, Colours of One, Lemon, Evil Disco and Special Guests.
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Gambo Race Route
The Gambo Race route begins in Kenfig then moves onto Maudlam and North Cornelly before heading towards Pyle for its finish. The race 'Pit Stops' are located at local pubs enroute; these are listed opposite:
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