“Thank you for a superb ride: incredible scenery, wonderful friendly stewards and well organised. Our first time and was a fabulous, memorable day.” Fiona Gordon-Clarke, Heath Ride Participant
182 riders were greeted by glorious sunshine at Racing Welfare’s Sponsored Newmarket Heath Ride last Sunday, 6th September. The ride was the charity’s first in-person fundraising fixture since the cancellation of its usual calendar of events due to the pandemic and provided the participants with a unique opportunity to ride over Newmarket’s famous training grounds.
All those involved clearly enjoyed the day, with all entry fees and sponsorship monies contributing to Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. The event was supported for the first time this year by equine bedding company headline sponsors Bedmax and was made possible by the support and kind permission of The National Stud, Newmarket Racecourses and Jockey Club Estates.
As ever, an army of smiling local volunteers were on hand to make sure the event ran smoothly and safely, keeping participants on track around the 8, 15 and 20 mile routes which took in some of the town’s most iconic locations. The event received widespread praise on social media following the ride:
“Thanks for such a fantastic event. It was so well organised and everyone was really friendly. We had a ball.” Caroling Vergo, Ride Participant.
Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said: “It was wonderful to see all the riders and volunteers enjoying such a fabulous day on Sunday. I would like to thank everyone who took part, whether riding or volunteering, for their support of the event. I must also extend our thanks to Bedmax for their generous sponsorship and to the National Stud, Newmarket Racecourses and Jockey Club Estates for their ongoing support, without which the day would not happen.”
The official photographer for the event was Richard Weller-Poley. Click here to view all the images from the day.