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Walking The Courses to visit Brighton Racecourse this Friday

Tue, May 26, 2015

In March 2015, 53-year-old father of four Richard Farquhar set out on a herculean fundraising challenge in aid of two charities very close to his heart, Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Over the course of 13 months he is walking to and from all 60 mainland UK racecourses, connecting them all in a chain in a journey of around 3,000 miles. Richard finishes each leg of his journey by arriving at the next racecourse at a race meeting, where he completes a circuit of each course for good measure in 'lap of honour' style. He will be arriving at Brighton Racecourse on Friday, having walked the comparatively short distance from Goodwood and Fontwell Park, accompanied by a team of supporters. Though this particular leg will be but a hop, a skip and a jump for Richard, the overall challenge is a mightily tough one and Richard needs all Brighton's race goers to get behind him in his efforts to reach a huge target of £1.4million. For a man who barely ever made an effort to walk anywhere, except to the corner shop for the Racing Post, this is a remarkable effort and one that all racing fans should get behind. He will be around the racecourse all day on Friday so come and find him and ask him how it is all going!

Richard is passionate about his two chosen charities and believes that all who enjoy their racing should be too. Racing Welfare is integral to the horse racing industry, yet is known by very few. It financially and emotionally supports the unseen army of staff who work tirelessly to keep the cogs of racing turning.
From stable staff to stud hands, stalls handlers to box drivers, Racing Welfare is there to pick up the pieces when things go wrong, which they so often do when working with horses. Help is given on topics ranging from accidents and injuries through to addiction and recovery support.
The charity also owns and manages a portfolio of housing across the UK for racing's staff. Without Racing Welfare's support for these people, there would be no horses turning up at racecourses for the jockeys to ride. Racing Welfare is vital in sustaining the racing industry, which contributes £3.45billion to the economy and provides 85,000 jobs.

Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only charity in the UK fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning and research. Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of all 21 common cancers, with a survival rate of less than 4% and an average survival period of just 5 months after diagnosis. Shockingly low levels of funding and awareness means that these figures have not changed in 40 years. In the past year alone the disease has tragically claimed the lives of John Hills and Dessie Hughes and if we go further back it was also the sad fate of Robert Sangster and Tristram Ricketts, former head of the BHA. Racing must join the fight against this disease

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