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THE WALK

There are 60 racecourses in mainland Britain. Richard Farquhar will walk between all of them.

In 2015, 60 racecourses across mainland Britain will stage race meetings. Over the course of thirteen months, from March 2015 to April 2016, Richard Farquhar will walk across the nation, connecting all 60 of them in what will end up as a single, unbroken chain. From Newton Abbot in the South to Perth in the North, Yarmouth in the East to Ffos-Las in the West, Richard will leave very few parts of the country untouched. The journey will take him through countless cities, towns and villages, giving people all over the UK the chance to get involved in ‘Walking The Courses’, a truly unique charity campaign.

Each leg of ‘Walking The Courses’ will end with Richard’s arrival at a racecourse on the day that there is a race meeting, adding an exciting feature to each of these race days. Richard’s journey does not finish at the moment he reaches the gates of the racecourse, however. On the contrary, he will, quite literally, be walking the courses, ending each leg with a lap of the racetrack itself, finishing at the winning post. Richard hopes that trainers, jockeys and other interested individuals will join him on this lap of the track, to encourage him through the last few furlongs.

The combined distance that Richard will cover during ‘Walking The Courses’ will be approximately 3,000 miles.

The journey begins on the 20th March 2015 at Newmarket, the home of racing. Richard will walk to Towcester Racecourse, arriving about seventy miles later at the meeting on the 23rd March. On the 1st April, Richard will head north and set out from Perth racecourse to Musselburgh racecourse, completing a northern leg of the journey. Thirteen months later and no doubt a stone or more lighter, Richard will find himself back at Newmarket Racecourse, having filled in all of the legs of his immense journey. Walking The Courses will conclude at the Craven Meeting, a meeting that Richard attended for 26 consecutive years with his father, to whose memory ‘Walking The Courses’ is dedicated: a fitting meeting at which to finish this brave undertaking.

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From To Date Richard starts walking Date of arrival meeting
2015
Newmarket Rowley Mile Towcester Friday 20th March Monday 23rd March
Perth Musselburgh Wednesday 1st April Friday 3rd April
Sedgefield Redcar Sunday 5th April Monday 6th April
Bath Taunton Tuesday 7th April Thursday 9th April
Lingfield Park Epsom Downs Tuesday 21st April Wednesday 22nd April
Brighton Plumpton Friday 24th April Friday 24th April (eve)
Towcester Ascot Sunday 26th April Wednesday 29th April
Taunton Exeter Monday 4th May Tuesday 5th May (eve)
Exeter Newton Abbot Thursday 7th May Thursday 7th May
Newton Abbot Wincanton Thursday 7th May Tuesday 12th May
Wincanton Salisbury Wednesday 13th May Thursday 14th May
Redcar Ripon Friday 15th May Sunday 17th May
Salisbury Goodwood Wednesday 20th May Saturday 23rd May
Goodwood Fontwell Park Sunday 24th May Sunday 24th May
Fontwell Park Brighton Thursday 28th May Friday 29th May
Plumpton Lingfield Park Sunday 31st May Monday 1st June
Newbury Bath Wednesday 3rd June Friday 5th June (eve)
Epsom Downs Royal Windsor Sunday 7th June Monday 8th June (eve)
Leicester Nottingham Wednesday 24th June Thursday 25th June
n/a (walk incorporated into Huntingdon to Newmarket leg) Newmarket July Course n/a Friday 26th June
Doncaster Pontefract Monday 6th July Tuesday 7th July
Uttoxeter Chester Thursday 9th July Saturday 11th July
Fakenham Leicester Monday 13th July Thursday 16th July
Cheltenham Worcester Wednesday 22nd July Thursday 23rd July
Hexham Newcastle Friday 24th July Saturday 25th July
Nottingham Southwell Monday 27th July Monday 27th July (eve)
Market Rasen Doncaster Friday 31st July Saturday 1st August
Beverley Thirsk Sunday 9th August Monday 10th August (eve)
York Beverley Wednesday 12th August Thursday 13th August
Pontefract York Tuesday 18th August (finish by eve of 18th) Thursday 20th August
Thirsk Catterick Bridge Tuesday 25th August Wednesday 26th August
Catterick Bridge Cartmel Thursday 27th August Saturday 29th August
Cartmel Carlisle Monday 7th September Wednesday 9th September
Carlisle Ayr Monday 14th September Friday 18th September
Ayr Hamilton Park Friday 18th September Sunday 20th September
Hamilton Park Perth Tuesday 22nd September Thursday 24th September
Kelso Hexham Wednesday 30th September Friday 2nd October
Musselburgh Kelso Saturday 3rd October Sunday 4th October
Sandown Park Chelmsford City Tuesday 13th October Thursday 15th October
Chelmsford City Great Yarmouth Friday 23rd October Tuesday 27th October
Wetherby Aintree Tuesday 3rd November Saturday 7th November
Newcastle Sedgefield Sunday 8th November Tuesday 10th November
Bangor-on-Dee Wolverhampton Thursday 12th November Saturday 14th November (twilight)
Aintree Haydock Park Friday 20th November Saturday 21st November
Chester Bangor-on-Dee Friday 27th November Saturday 28th November
Kempton Park Sandown Park Friday 4th December Friday 4th December
Haydock Park Uttoxeter Sunday 6th December Tuesday 8th December
2016
Royal Windsor Kempton Friday 8th January Saturday 9th January
Ripon Wetherby Friday 15th January Saturday 16th January
Southwell Market Rasen Wednesday 20th January Friday 22nd January
Chepstow Cheltenham Friday 29th January Saturday 30th January
Ludlow Ffos Las Tuesday 2nd February Saturday 6th February
Ascot Newbury Thursday 11th February Saturday 13th February
Great Yarmouth Fakenham Wednesday 17th February Friday 19th February
Stratford-on-Avon Warwick Friday 26th February Friday 26th February
Warwick Huntingdon Thursday 3rd March Sunday 6th March
Ffos Las Chepstow Wednesday 9th March Saturday 12th March
Worcester Stratford-on-Avon Sunday 13th March Monday 14th March
Wolverhampton Ludlow Wednesday 23rd March Thursday 24th March
Huntingdon Newmarket July & Rowley Mile Wednesday 13th April Thursday 14th April

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THE CHARITIES

The co-beneficiaries of ‘Walking The Courses’ are Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare. Each of these extremely deserving charities will receive 50% of the total raised.

Having sadly lost his father, Peter, to pancreatic cancer in 2012, Richard subsequently hatched the seeds of an idea to try to raise much needed funds to help advance research into the disease. With this as the fundamental inspiration behind Richard’s idea of a large-scale charity project, Pancreatic Cancer UK’s status as a beneficiary of ‘Walking The Courses’ was always inevitable.

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. Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning and research.

Having sadly lost his father, Peter, to pancreatic cancer in 2012, Richard subsequently hatched the seeds of an idea to try to raise much needed funds to help advance research into the disease. With this as the fundamental inspiration behind Richard’s idea of a large-scale charity project, Pancreatic Cancer UK’s status as a beneficiary of ‘Walking The Courses’ was always inevitable.
It was Richard’s father – who was a stable lad and later a stud hand – who gave him his love of racing. His finest hour from his time with horses was in 1957 when he foaled St Paddy, the subsequent 1960 Derby winner. There would have been no one more enthusiastic about ‘Walking The Courses’ than Peter himself, though his long-standing resistance to any form of exercise would have likely ruled out much physical involvement on his part!


Richard will tell you that racing has given him a huge amount of pleasure over the years and, without any doubt, some of the best moments of his life. He feels that he owes racing a debt for all that it has given him over the years, and feels that by making Racing Welfare a co-beneficiary of ‘Walking The Courses’, he can go some way to doing just that.

Racing Welfare provides professional guidance and practical help to the unseen army of dedicated staff whose work is vital for the well-being of horse racing. 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. This is vital in sustaining the racing industry, which contributes £3.45billion to the economy and provides 85,000 jobs.

It was Richard’s father – who was a stable lad and later a stud hand – who gave him his love of racing. His finest hour from his time with horses was in 1957 when he foaled St Paddy, the subsequent 1960 Derby winner. There would have been no one more enthusiastic about ‘Walking The Courses’ than Peter himself, though his long-standing resistance to any form of exercise would have likely ruled out much physical involvement on his part!


Richard will tell you that racing has given him a huge amount of pleasure over the years and, without any doubt, some of the best moments of his life. He feels that he owes racing a debt for all that it has given him over the years, and feels that by making Racing Welfare a co-beneficiary of ‘Walking The Courses’, he can go some way to doing just that.

MEET OUR TEAM
Richard Farquhar

Richard Farquhar

MAN ON A MISSION

Richard is a 53 year old, married father of four, who has never before done anything more of substance for charity than to grow a moustache (which he hated!).

Richard is a 53 year old, married father of four, who has never before done anything more of substance for charity than to grow a moustache (which he hated!).


Today, as ever, racing remains Richard’s passion. Whilst he now works in fund management, his first job was for Ladbrokes, working in, and subsequently managing, betting shops all over London. He has been fortunate enough to be involved in owning shares in horses for a while and has a wide circle of friends in all parts of the industry: owners, trainers, jockeys and media personalities (television and press).


Shortly after his father died from pancreatic cancer, Richard found himself on the phone to a friend who told him that his recent day’s racing meant that he had visited every single racecourse in the UK. Richard worked out that he’d struggle to tick off more than half, and felt that he should endeavour to rectify this. And so, with the desire to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare, the idea behind ‘Walking The Courses’ was born.


Now, almost three months after training has begun and despite significant improvements in his fitness and frame, Richard wonders whether he’s mad to be taking on such a challenge. He hopes that support from across the racing world and beyond will help him to raise an eye-watering sum for these two outstanding charities.


Contact Richard at richard@walkingthecourses.com

Minty Farquhar

Minty Farquhar

CAMPAIGN MANAGER

Minty is the eldest of Richard’s four children and is, thus far, the only one to have been bitten by the racing bug.

Minty is the eldest of Richard’s four children and is, thus far, the only one to have been bitten by the racing bug. The two often flee London and disappear off around the country to race meetings and yards. As well as the Cheltenham Festival, her favourite of these father-daughter trips is the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe meeting in Paris. Indeed, Minty took full advantage of her third year of her university studies, which she spent in Paris, to become a bit of a regular at Longchamp, the host racecourse of the latter of these two meetings.


After graduating with a First in BA French and Politics from Exeter University in July 2014, Minty found herself torn between various career paths. Feeling equally drawn to marketing, PR and events management in particular, she leapt at the opportunity of combining a whole host of disciplines – all the while indulging her passion for racing – by taking up the position of Campaign Manager of ‘Walking The Courses’. She hopes to continue to work in the racing world subsequent to this campaign.


Contact Minty at minty@walkingthecourses.com

You?

You?

We want you to be a part of the team, too.

We want you to be a part of the team, too.


As we travel back and forth across the UK, passing through your home county and perhaps even your home city, town or village, we want to involve you. If you would like to be a part of this unique charity experience and join us for any part of the walk – however small! – please let us know by filling out the form below and we’ll get back to you to let you know if Richard will be passing close by.


If joining us for a part of the walk does not tickle your fancy then perhaps you might like to join us for one of the day’s racing at which Richard finishes part of his journey. Everyone is welcome to take part in the customary course walk which concludes the latest leg of Richard’s journey and to enjoy the day’s racing as a part of Team Walking The Courses. If you would like to be a part of race day festivities, please also fill in the form below.


 


We hope that you’ll join us on our journey!

Walking with Richard
SUPPORTERS
Walking The Courses has the endorsement of the following Official Supporters, all of whom are proud to play their part in the campaign. Between them they represent all avenues of the racing industry. We are extremely grateful for their support.
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