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Oxfam Trailwalker

Fri, Jul 29, 2011

The Brighton Racecourse 3 Day August Festival is less than 3 weeks away but the Racecourse entered a team of novices to take part in the annual Trailwalker Event a trek of just over 62 miles from Petersfield to Brighton Racecourse. As it was their first attempt the team comprising of General Manager, Callum MacKay, Head Groundsman Richard Langley, Clerk of the Course Ed Arkell and Finacial Controller Sheila Huddy weren't sure what to expect so they set themselves a target time of 24 hours in which to complete the journey. Torrential rain for the first 7 hours turned the course into a mudbath and support vehicles would have been stranded right across Sussex if it hadn't been for the army of Gurkhas who were on hand to ensure that the event took place without incident. The racecourse team finished in 109th place out of a field of 550 and their time of 23 hours and 16 minutes meant they achieved the initial goal. The event is organised to raise funds for the Gurkha Trust and Oxfam and this years event will have raised well over £1 million.

General Manager Callum MacKay was delighted with their effort, "the last 10k were pretty tough but congratulations to everyone involved, the Gurkhas are fantastic people, they use the racecourse every year as their base and finishing line and we as a team wanted to show our thanks and appreciation by taking part and raising some money for their charity. Unfortunately we can't put our blistered feet up just yet as we have our 3 day festival starting on 3 August and we want to put on a good show for everyone when they come racing that week. All 3 days are fully sponsored by John Smiths, Frosts and Albion in The Community so we are set up for an excellent days of racing and socialising."

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