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Racing for a Cause: Leg 12 at Epsom Downs and Leg 13 at Uttoxeter


Introduction: Apologies for the silence yesterday, dear readers, but I come bearing tales from not one, but two eventful days. Yesterday marked leg 12 of my journey at Epsom Downs, followed swiftly by leg 13 at Uttoxeter today. As much as I regret the lack of a post yesterday, I assure you, the cause was noble—Dementia UK. So, let's delve into the whirlwind of experiences from these past two days, where racing met charity in the most heartwarming of ways.


Epsom Downs Recap: Epsom Downs, renowned for its prestigious Derby, served as the backdrop for leg 12 of my journey. While there wasn't much to report in terms of fundraising, the day was filled with unexpected reunions and delightful encounters. After I traversed the mile and a half Derby course, I stumbled upon my cousin Simon Lloyd, a delightful surprise after years of no contact.





Moreover, the esteemed TV presenter Clare Balding graced me with her praise and encouragement, validating the significance of my endeavor.



Uttoxeter Unveiled: Today's leg at Uttoxeter brought forth a team effort, with my son Ross and the generous Stewart Mahon by my side. Stewart, a staunch supporter of our cause, not only donated a night's stay at a local hotel but also dabbled in charity bets during the races, making a profit too, all of which he graciously contributed towards our cause. His commitment to charity speaks volumes, and his tipping service might just be worth exploring post-event.





Amidst the excitement, I had the pleasure of conversing with the legendary Robert Cooper from Sky Sports Racing, who not only expressed interest in our challenge but also made a generous donation.




Overcoming Hurdles: Despite the absence of a bucket collection at Uttoxeter, owing to the NSPCC's presence, the spirit of generosity prevailed. Through genuine connections and heartfelt conversations, we managed to raise £95.11 from kind-hearted individuals who approached us, proving once again that every contribution, no matter how small, makes a significant difference.



Looking Ahead to Beverley: As we gear up for tomorrow's leg at Beverley, I urge you, dear readers, to consider supporting our cause. Your donations to our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/page/aroundthecourses can help us continue our mission of raising awareness and funds for Dementia UK.


Together, let's make each stride count as we race towards a brighter future for those affected by dementia.


Stay tuned for more updates from the racetracks as we embark on this meaningful journey, where every step brings us closer to making a difference. Until next time, remember, it's not just about the finish line—it's about the journey we take to get there. Graham Arnold 24th April 2024

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