The Newmarket Heath Ride is scheduled for Sept. 6, Racing Welfare announced on Tuesday. The charity fundraiser will be the first in-person event since the coronavirus pandemic began. Entries will open on Aug. 10, with a 150-rider limit and close on Aug. 31. The sponsored ride starts and finishes at Newmarket’s July Course and offers participants rides over eight, 15 or 20-mile routes. Made possible by the kind permission of The National Stud, Newmarket Racecourses, and Jockey Club Estates, the event offers a unique opportunity to ride over Newmarket’s training grounds, utilising the town’s network of horse-walks. In the case of the longer routes, they emerge at the base of Warren Hill. The 20-mile course also offers the Al Bahathri all-weather gallop along the way. Entries are £20 and riders are required to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship in addition to the entry fee. To enter or for more information, please go to www.racingwelfare.co.uk/our-events/newmarket-heath-ride/.
“We are so pleased to announce that we are going ahead with this year’s Newmarket Heath Ride,” said Racing Welfare’s Head of Fundraising Mark Loades. ” Last year was our first as the ride’s beneficiary charity and we are very proud of the success of the event. I hope that all this year’s participants will enjoy the opportunity to ride through racing’s historic HQ more than ever. Thank you to the National Stud, Newmarket Racecourses and Jockey Club Estates for their ongoing support, without which the day would not happen.”