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Bad Weather Continues: Felt Like Winter for Leg 48 and 49 of the Charity Challenge

Leg 48 - Great Yarmouth

The weather for Leg 48 at Great Yarmouth racecourse was miserable, especially for June. The rain came down in sheets, and the cold wind made it feel more like winter than summer. However, the dreary weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the dedicated staff and supporters at Great Yarmouth. A huge thank you to the management team for their unwavering support, ensuring everything ran smoothly despite the challenging conditions.

A special shout-out goes to Colin Jones for his generous offer of a charity bet in each race. His contribution brought us two winners, adding a much-needed boost to the day. Additionally, a big thank you to S&D Bookmakers for their £50 charity bet. It was a thrilling race, but our pick finished third in a heart-stopping three-way photo finish. Close, but not quite the windfall we were hoping for.

Despite the rain, I managed to do an on-course interview and even snagged a photo with arguably the best jockey in the world, Ryan Moore. The weather deterred many from attending, resulting in a smaller crowd. However, the dedication and generosity of those who braved the elements were remarkable. I managed to collect £105.80 for Dementia UK, pushing the total over the £10,000 milestone. It was a challenging day, but the support from everyone at Great Yarmouth was heartwarming and deeply appreciated.

Leg 49 - Newbury

Leg 49 took us to Newbury, where the weather was cold and damp yet again. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the support from this Grade 1 course was phenomenal. The walk of the course was a pleasure, and I was impressed by the track’s pristine condition, even in the rain.

One of the highlights of the day was meeting top trainer Andrew Balding and jockey Tom Marquand. Both were incredibly supportive of my efforts and offered encouraging words. Their recognition was a great morale booster and added an extra layer of excitement to the day.

I also had the pleasure of meeting with one of our brand ambassadors, trainer Dylan Cunha, who had a runner that day. His horse ran well, finishing fifth at 22/1, showcasing his skills as a trainer. Dylan’s enthusiasm and support have been a significant part of this journey, and it’s always inspiring to see his horses perform well.

Another memorable moment was my interview with TV presenter Matt Chapman for Sky Sports Racing. Although the interview didn’t air on TV, it was shared on the At The Races Twitter (X) page. Matt was incredibly supportive and promised to reach out to his contacts to help us get closer to our £20,000 target. His encouragement and willingness to assist were deeply appreciated.

Looking Ahead: Market Rasen, York, and Thirsk

The next few days will be challenging as Market Rasen, York, and Thirsk have already informed me of their existing charity commitments, so no promotion can officially be undertaken. However, I remain optimistic and will continue to engage with racegoers, sharing the importance of our cause and the work Dementia UK does. Every interaction is an opportunity to raise awareness and gather support.

The Final Stretch: Online Donations are Crucial

As I approach the home straight, the importance of online donations is more significant than ever. Dementia UK is a fantastic charity, providing crucial support to those affected by dementia and their families.

Every bit of support makes a difference.

At the time of writing, I’ve raised £10,343. This achievement is a testament to the generosity and kindness of everyone who has supported me so far. However, I still have a way to go to reach the £20,000 target I set at the outset.

Your continued support is essential in helping me achieve this goal.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far. Let’s keep this momentum going and make a significant impact for Dementia UK.

Graham Arnold

14th June 2024

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