11-year-old James Clarkson is to run around every jump course in the country in just 5 days in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund. He will be running around Plumpton Racecourse on Monday 27th March at 11am (Injured Jockeys Fund Raceday). Good Old Dad, Edward Clarkson, is acting as chauffer for the week as they travel the length and breadth of the country to complete a lap of each of the 34 National Hunt courses.
James “loves [horse] racing” and believes the IJF to be a “fantastic cause.”
Plumpton Racecourse recognises the need to encourage younger racegoers to the sport and is delighted to be part of James’s fundraising quest.
“At Plumpton, we regularly support many charities and The Injured Jockeys Fund plays such a vital role in our sport. We think it’s fantastic that youngsters, like James, are actively involved in both fund raising and horse racing as a sport and are pleased to be part of his campaign.” Russell Bowes, CEO, Plumpton Racecourse.
After James’s run, and before the first race, current and former jockeys are taking part in a space hopper race: “The Grand Hop Gold Cup.” This comical race sees highly competitive athletes who can race several times a day, week by week, struggle to hop, bounce and boing along just one furlong, all in the name of fund raising.
On the raceday, The Injured Jockeys Fund are also hosting lunch and an auction in the Plumpton Marquee. Proceeds from day are going to the charity, which provides financial and emotional support to jockeys and their families, who have been plagued by permanent or career ending injury.
James has set up a Just Giving page where people can donate to the Injured Jockeys Fund: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Racecourse-Run