Racing Welfare has taken over as the beneficiary charity for this year’s Newmarket Heath Ride, which takes in some of horseracing HQ’s most iconic locations along its course. Entries are open now for the event, set to be held on Sunday 1st September.
The Newmarket Heath Ride is a sponsored ride which offers the chance for participants to ride over 8, 15 or 20 mile routes across Newmarket’s hallowed turf. Starting and finishing at the July Course, the event is made possible by the support and kind permission of The National Stud and Jockey Club Estates.
The day offers a unique opportunity to ride across Newmarket’s famous training grounds, utilising the town’s network of horse-walks which, in the case of the 15 and 20 mile routes, emerge at the base of Warren Hill. The 20 mile course also takes in the Al Bahathri all weather gallop along the way, allowing horse and rider to literally gallop in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous racehorses.
The Newmarket Heath ride previously raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support before being awarded to Racing Welfare for 2019, whose team have also taken over organisation of the event for this year. The ride is facilitated on the day by an army of volunteers, bringing Newmarket’s community together in support of both the event and the charity.
Mark Loades, Racing Welfare’s Head of Fundraising, said, “The Newmarket Heath Ride is a fantastic occasion and one that we are very proud to be involved with this year. It has raised a huge amount of money for charity to date and offers a once-yearly opportunity for leisure riders to take in all that Newmarket has to offer. A huge thank you to the committee for giving Racing Welfare the opportunity to benefit from the event and to the National Stud and Jockey Club Estates for their ongoing support, without which the day would not happen.”
Entries for the Newmarket Heath Ride cost £20 and riders are required to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship in addition to this. To enter or for more information, visit https://racingwelfare.co.uk/campaigns/newmarket-heath-ride/. Entries close on 24th August 2019.