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Marathons, Kilts and Birdies – the weekend that had it all

Racing Welfare hailed a bumper weekend of fundraising events this weekend with the London Marathon, The Glasgow Kilt Walk and Racing Welfare’s Charity Golf Day at Woburn all taking place on Sunday 28th April.

Thirteen runners took to the streets of the capital Sunday to raise money for Racing Welfare in the Virgin Money London Marathon. All completed the 26.2 mile course, posting a list of outstanding times. First past the post for Team Racing Welfare was Neil Pollard who joined the illustrious sub-3hrs club with a time of 2hr 44min, followed by David Walsh who came home in 2hr 59min. Next in was Newmarket’s Algy Stanley who completed in an excellent 3hr 26min, joined in under four hours by James White (3hrs 44min), Darren Moore (3hrs 47min) and Anna Ridges (3hrs 50min).

Jono Mills just tipped the 4 hour mark with a strong showing of 4hrs 1min followed by Godolphin’s Chief Executive Hugh Anderson who posted a time of 4hrs 21min. Matthew Taylor and Sophie Hellyer were home next in 4hrs 38min and 4hrs 41min respectively, followed by Nigel Kitching in 4hrs 47min. Racing TV’s Niall Hannity completed in 4hrs 43min with John Webb crossing the line in 5hrs to complete the set.

Over £40,000 has been raised for Racing Welfare so far – a truly incredible total. Thank you so much to all of our runners for their outstanding efforts.

25th Annual Racing Welfare Charity Golf Day

The 25th running of the Rewards4Racing Racing Welfare Charity Golf Day was held at Woburn Sunday by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Bedford. A bumper entry of 27 teams took to the fairways, with some of racing’s best-known faces pitting against each other, including AP McCoy, Daryl Jacob and John Francome. Victory went to the way of title sponsor’s team with Josh Apiafi leading his Rewards4Racing squad to the win.

The day raised a total of £22,600 for Racing Welfare. A huge thank you to all those who supported the event, including event sponsors Inkerman, Cornishware and Coates & Seely.

Kiltwalk Glasgow

Sunday marked the first of four Kiltwalks held throughout Scotland during the year, all of which are being undertaken by Derek ‘Dougie’ Loy to raise money for Racing Welfare. The first leg took in 22.6 miles in and around Glasgow. Speaking this morning, Dougie said, “I did enjoy it, its a great event. I am a bit foot-sore however and my boss reckoned that I wouldn’t pass a trot up when I came in to work this morning, but I’m looking forward to the next in five weeks time.”


“I am a bit foot-sore however and my boss reckoned that I wouldn’t pass a trot up when I came in to work this morning”

Dougie Loy

Dougie first came into contact with Racing Welfare when struggling with his mental health and has decided to raise money for the charity after the support he received. Listen to his story below

The remaining Kiltwalks take place in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh throughout the summer and anyone wishing to join Dougie in his efforts should contact Jennifer Gates jgates@racingwelfare.co.uk.