In March 2015, 53 year old Richard Farquhar set off on foot from Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on a journey of around 3,000 miles that will take him to every one of mainland Britain’s courses in a bid to raise an eye-watering £1.4million for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare. This epic fundraising venture, called ‘Walking The Courses’, is in memory of his racing fanatic father, who he lost to pancreatic cancer in 2012. On Saturday 1st August, Richard will be arriving at Doncaster Racecourse, having walked the 44 miles from Market Rasen Racecourse on the latest stage of his journey. By this stage he will have walked just over 1,000 of the 3,000 miles and will have visited 26 of the country’s racecourses.
As is customary at each of Walking The Courses’ race meetings, Richard will be walking a ‘lap of honour’ around the Doncaster course before racing, accompanied by a variety of the campaign’s supporters from the racing world. This course walk will be different to all others, however, as Richard will be joined by another charity walker, 9 year old budding jockey Jack Lander. Jack will be fresh from his walk from Stratford Racecourse to Oaksey House in Lambourn, which he is doing in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Richard and Jack are teaming up to celebrate one another’s charity efforts on behalf of racing’s most valuable charities.
Racegoers are welcome to join for the course walk and are invited to give generously at the exit collection on 1st August, which will be in aid of Walking The Courses. For more information please visit www.walkingthecourses.com