Thousands expected at Trolley Derby

With over 2000 spectators expected to attend, this year there are around 40-plus entries for the Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby on Sunday.

A popular tradition, the trolley derby at Omana Regional Park will have trolleys of every size and shape racing downhill.

“There will be a pre-schoolers race too and the little ones are invited to enter the cardboard trolley race,” says Jenny Carter, manager Log Cabin, Beachlands Community Trust.

The fun, family event, from 9am-4pm, has around 50 volunteers and will also have performers from Zirka Circus.

“We are looking forward to racing the Local Board and local MP Andrew Bayly,” says Jenny, who is organising the event with Caroline Rose.

There will be a Burma Trail for people to explore the outdoor trail at the Omana Regional Park, she says.

G. J Gardner, the main sponsor, will be putting up a castle on the day.

The trolley derby brings out the child in everyone and is known to have school principals racing police officers and builders.

There’s still time to enter the derby. Entry forms and trolley race rules can be found on