Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Horse racing fans to run furlong

Hundreds of horse racing fans will have the chance to run the final furlong at Kempton
Hundreds of horse racing fans will have the chance to run the final furlong at Kempton

Hundreds of horse racing fans are to experience for themselves the chance to run the final furlong of a racecourse later this month, the organisers have announced.

Kempton Park Racecourse is hosting the first ever human final furlong race on Wednesday, April 28.

The racecourse is offering a £1,000 prize and "The People's Cup" for the fastest competitor.

The contenders will be released from the starting gates as the fourth race of the evening fixture at the Sunbury-on-Thames course.

Managing director Amy Starkey said: "As well as offering an evening of free horse racing, we want to give racegoers a unique experience.

"The crowd will get to experience the thrill of racing the final furlong during an official race meeting so this is definitely a one-off chance for visitors to Kempton Park."

The fixture, for which admission is free, is part of a week of free horse racing at nine racecourses across the country organised by the Racing for Change organisation in a bid to broaden the appeal of the sport.

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