• Graham Arnold

Leg 2 - Carlise to Ayr

Updated: Jan 15

Leg 2 of the walk has been decided upon and is being planned now. It will be one of the longest, but will be well worth it. Mark and Graham will be walking from Carlisle Racecourse to Ayr Racecourse to arrive in time for the #ScottishGrandNational which is run a week after Aintree Racecourse's Grand National. It will take about 4 days for this trek. Sore feet and blisters expected!!!

Carlisle Racecourse is the village of Blackwell near Carlisle in Cumbria, England. The course has been on its present site since 1904, when it moved there from another location nearer to Carlisle. The course is 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2.41 km) in circumference, right-handed, and hosts flat racing in the summer and National Hunt racing over the winter months. The last half mile is up a steep incline. The going can get very heavy in the winter.

An aeriel image of #CarlisleRacecourse

History was made on 2 July 1929 when the newly formed Totalisator Board operated their pool betting system for the first time on a British racecourse at Carlisle.

Carlisle is home to the Carlisle Bell, one of the oldest horse races in existence. Held annually at Carlisle Racecourse in June alongside the Cumberland Plate, the race is run over 7 furlongs and 173 yards, and although the Bell is presented ceremoniously to the winner, it’s actually kept in the nearby Carlisle Guildhall Museum. The Carlisle Bell has only twice been amended – with it being run in Thirsk in 2001, and cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Carlisle Gold Bell is inscribed with ‘The sweftes horse thes bel to take for mi lade Daker sake’, which translates to modern day English as ‘The swiftest horse may claim this bell in Lady Dacre’s name’. It continues to be given away as a prize for an annual race even today, making it one of the UK’s oldest, and most prestigious, races.

All for The Injured Jockeys Fund, Alzheimer's Society & Macmillan Cancer Support.

Only 92+ miles!


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