An amateur jockey from Newmarket has successfully passed her toughest ever riding assignment after completing the world’s longest horse.
Clare Twemlow, 35, can now tick off another box on her riding CV, which also contains a win in the world’s oldest horse race, the Newmarket Town Plate, after finishing third in this year’s 1000 kilometre Mongol Derby.
One of around 30 entrants to line up in the stamina sapping challenge, Clare, who is a chief finance officer at New Wave Ventures, and partner to town trainer Neil King, crossed the line in seven days and six hours.
“I spoke to Clare shortly after the race and she was being given plenty of fluids as she was quite dehydrated and shattered from the race,” said Neil.
“At first she thought finishing third was ok, but having had time to look back it she is now chuffed to bits with her achievement.”
During the duration of the race between Ondorshireet and Khugna Khan, Clare, who won the John Smith’s People’s Race at Aintree back in 2008, partnered 25 horses to help her complete the challenge.
While the majority of the horses were well behaved Clare did encompass one moment she will want to forget in a hurry.
“On Friday she had one of the horses buck her off and run off with all her equipment from her saddle to her sleeping bag,” said Neil.
“She had to head back to the control point and get another pony and borrow some kit. It was only on Tuesday that she was reunited with all her belongings.”
Although Clare, who is due back in UK on Friday, claimed a lot of personal pride by finishing the race she has also helped changed the lives of others after rasing money while taking part in the race for Spinal Research UK.
“Clare has raised a terrific amount of money for Spinal Research UK,” said Neil.
“She set her target at £10,000 but I think she may raise more than that.
“I am definitely very proud of her achievements.”
To sponsor Clare visit www.justgiving.com/ClareTwemlowMongolDerby.