Charity walk starts at HQ

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Newmarket trainers, stable and staff are being invited to join in the start of one of the biggest charity efforts the racing industry has ever seen.

Next month fundraiser 52-year-old Richard Farquhar will embark on a 13 month journey walking to and from every racecourse in mainland Britain. The journey will cover almost 3,000 miles, connecting all 60 racecourses a feat which has never been attempted before. Richard, whose father Peter died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, is aiming to raise £1.4 million for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare in his memory and that of trainers John Hills and Dessie Hughes.

The first leg of the Walking the Courses journey will start at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse on Friday March 20 and members of Newmarket’s racing community, along with residents and charity supporters are being invited to help mark the launch. Thirteen months later the walk will conclude at Newmarket;s Craven Meeting, a meeting that Richard attended for 26 consecutive years with his father. For more information go to www.walkingthecourses.com