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Trotting Through Hereford: A Windy Adventure for Charity

As I stepped onto Hereford Racecourse on Day 3 of the Around The Courses In 80 Days charity challenge, I was greeted by a medley of blustery winds, occasional showers, and patches of blue sky - a quintessential British day if there ever was one. Despite the unpredictable weather, the warm reception from the staff and racing enthusiasts alike made it a day to remember.

Hereford Racecourse was a new experience for me, and I must extend a heartfelt thank you to the incredibly supportive staff who made our charity endeavors possible. From allowing bucket collections to featuring a complimentary advert in the racecard, their generosity knew no bounds. I even had the privilege of selecting the best turned-out horse and presenting the winning owners of Shillanavogy with their well-deserved prize. And let's not forget the legendary racing announcer, Cornelius Lysaght, who graciously gave us plenty of mentions and even interviewed me over the public address system - a surreal and delightful moment indeed.

Despite the modest crowd, Julie and I managed to collect an impressive £265.55 in our buckets. Along the way, we encountered a myriad of characters, including a delightful couple whose husband bombarded me with quiz questions (thankfully, I held my own) while his wife expressed a keen interest in purchasing the new design of t-shirt I was sporting for the challenge. It seems I'll be adding 't-shirt designer' to my repertoire, but all for a good cause as every penny goes towards supporting the wonderful charity, Dementia UK.

The racing public at Hereford proved to be not only friendly but also passionate about their sport. Engaging with them was a pleasure, and their enthusiasm added to the overall enjoyment of the day.

It was also great to see Our Dylan win for the 4Racing Racing Club, a charity based syndicate, that I set up a few years ago which is still going strong, now managed by David Moore. Well done guys!

With a successful day behind us, tomorrow offers a brief respite from the course, allowing time for administrative tasks and catching up on emails before we head to Taunton on Thursday. Stay tuned for an update on the total amount collected once today's takings have been deposited into Dementia UK's bank account.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, and please consider sharing this blog post to spread awareness of the challenge. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by dementia through our support of Dementia UK. Until next time, happy trails! Donations online can be made at Thanks again and I'll be back with more stories going forward. Graham Arnold

9th April 2024

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