BBC Sports presenter Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and retired police officer Fiona Symes celebrated a dead heat victory at Newbury Racecourse yesterday (8 November) following the British Horse Society’s (BHS) inaugural charity race.
The midday race saw ten riders from across the country undertake intense training over a matter of months to become a jockey and each raise £2,000 for the UK’s largest equine charity.
Following their win, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes said: “I am feeling amazing. It has been a hard but great experience and I don’t think I quite appreciated how much effort was going to be involved in this. But even just to come to Newbury and sit in the weighing room and ride on the track was fantastic”.
Fiona Symes said: “We never expected to win as he doesn’t run over a mile, he runs over a mile and a half and the ground was also against him. He was absolutely fantastic and every time I told him to keep going he did”.
The jockeys were each racing towards a fundraising target of £2,000 in aid of the BHS’s vital campaigns across safety, access, welfare and participation. Between them they have so far raised more than £18,000 and counting.
Tracy Casstles, Director of Fundraising for The British Horse Society said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all ten jockeys and their supporters for their incredible efforts both on the day and in the lead up to the race. The £18,000 raised so far will be hugely beneficial to the BHS, in all areas of work. We are all looking forward to the many BHS charity races to come”.
To find out more about each jockey and their journey or to help them secure their fundraising target please head to justgiving.com/campaign/BHScharityrace2018.