Charity fundraiser races into Doncaster to walk the course

Walking the Courses - pictured (from left) Mark Spincer, Arena Racing Company; Sophie Mathew, Racing Welfare; Minty Farquhar; Richard Farquhar; Karen Stead; Jennifer Knapp-Wood and Michael Stead.
Walking the Courses - pictured (from left) Mark Spincer, Arena Racing Company; Sophie Mathew, Racing Welfare; Minty Farquhar; Richard Farquhar; Karen Stead; Jennifer Knapp-Wood and Michael Stead.

A charity fundraiser raced into Doncaster over the weekend to ‘walk the course’ at the Town Moor racecourse.

Richard Farquhar’s ‘Walking The Courses’ challenge is an attempt to raise £1.4m for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare by walking 3,000 miles between all 60 British racecourses between March 2015 and April 2016. Richard arrived at Doncaster Racecourse for the Unison Raceday on Saturday, where he walked a lap of the course before finishing at the winning post.

Joining Richard on the one mile and six furlong lap, which took place in front of some 15,000 guests there to enjoy a day of racing followed by DJ Live with Jo Whiley and Vernon Kay, were Mark Spincer, assistant operations director for Arena Racing Company (ARC) which owns Doncaster Racecourse and representatives from the two charities including Karen Stead, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five years ago.

Over £1,600 was raised in donations during the visit, taking the 53 year old father of four one step closer to realising his fundraising goals as well as helping to raise awareness of both Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare, who will each receive an equal share of the funds.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We were delighted to support Richard with his ‘walking the courses’ challenge. I hope that meeting the crowds of supporters here at Doncaster on Saturday was a morale boost and we were delighted that people dug deep to support two incredibly worthwhile causes.”

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