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Gold Cup 100 - Dawn Runs

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A team of charity fundraisers from Cheltenham Racecourse were joined by some of horseracing’s most familiar faces to climb four of the highest mountains in Great Britain and Ireland in just four days.

Ex-jockeys Barry Geraghty, Richard Johnson and Graham McCourt took part in the challenge, which raised money for The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare, and also celebrates ‘Gold Cup 100’ - the 100th anniversary of the first ever Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2024.

The original Gold Cup trophy which is awarded to the winner of Jump racing’s most prestigious race every March, joined the team on their journey.

The challenge to climb the highest points of England, Ireland and Wales, as well as Arkle - the mountain in the Highlands of Scotland which gave its name to one of the greatest Gold Cup winners of all-time.

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Racing Welfare

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Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horseracing. They offer professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and racecourse staff whose dedication is vital for the well-being of racing. Racing Welfare aims to help people, from recruitment to retirement, to thrive in day to day life and through a range of life’s challenges.

Racing Welfare support current and retired racing staff, and their families. Their work is dependent on donations and successful fundraising activities. Racing Homes is their housing association and it provides a limited amount of subsidised accommodation to those who meet the criteria.

 

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The Challenge

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The challenge began in Ireland on June 26th, with the group taking on the Emerald Isle’s highest peak in Carountoohill. They then make their way to Wales where Snowdon awaited, before travelling up to the Lake District to tackle Scafell Pike. On the last day, June 29th, the team will made their way up to Scotland to climb their final mountain of the challenge, Arkle.

The challenge will involve 60km of climbing to a combined elevated height of 13,000 feet.

Along the way, The Jockey Club team were joined by racing's greats. Barry Geraghty climbed Carountoohill, Graham McCourt walked Snowdon, and Richard Johnson took on Scafell Pike.

The Jockey Club Cup carrying team was made up of Olivia Tudor (Senior Marketing Executive, Cheltenham Racecourse), Megan Furse (Communications Manager – West), Jack Royle (Head of Partnership Sales) and Andre Klein (Assistant General Manager, Cheltenham Racecourse). They were also joined by Simon Cooper (Company Secretary and a Director of Weatherbys GSB) and TV presenter and model Rosie Tapner.

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