James, 11, gallops through Fakenham to help charity

Horse racing action from Fakenham racecourse.
Horse racing action from Fakenham racecourse.

A youngster visited Fakenham Racecourse this week as part of a tough challenge to visit and run at all of the UK’s National Hunt courses in just five days.

The challenge, which is in support of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, began on Monday with James Clarkson, 11, and his father Edward, from Exeter, travelling the length and breadth of the country to fit in all 34 national hunt racecourses in England.

Fakenham was one of six courses James visited on Tuesday with trips to Stratford, Warwick, Towcester, Huntingdon and Leicester completing a busy day.

David Hunter, clerk of the course at Fakenham, said: “I think it is an inspirational idea and I was delighted to run with James around Fakenham.

“It started off as a school project and has just snowballed from there. It’s going to a very good cause and it is a very impressive thing for an 11-year-old boy to be doing.

“His dad and him had a drink and a quick cup of tea before dashing off to Leicester.”

Fakenham Racecourse kindly donated £200 to James who is just over £1000 away from reaching his overall fundraising target of £6500.

On his Just Giving Page James said: “I’m hoping to run all of the National Hunt Racecourses in England over five days at the end of March.

“Overall the total mileage that I have to run is 50 miles and we will be driving 1,659 miles.

“It will take five days to complete and the dates are the March 27 and 31.

“I have done all the organisation for a school project – please sponsor me as it will all go to The Injured Jockeys Fund which is a very good cause.”

The Injured Jockeys Fund provides financial and emotional support to jockeys and their families, who have been plagued by permanent or career ending injury.

For more details about James’s challenge, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Racecourse-Run.