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31 August 2023

Nicky Richards’ yard wins Racing Welfare’s Northern Rounders Roadshow

Nicky Richards’ ‘Nicky’s Nutters’ have won this years’ Northern Rounders Roadshow, put on by the racing industry’s welfare charity Racing Welfare.

Regional Community Executive at Racing Welfare, Beck Edmunds said: “It was fantastic to see great support from yards big and small, racecourses, vets, the NHC and Go Racing in Yorkshire. There was plenty of healthy competition and it was very fun to watch!

“As well as providing the opportunity to get together socially and enjoy some rounders, the roadshow importantly allowed us to be more inclusive of all racing’s people by going to various locations outside of the usual racing hubs and build stronger relationships with these communities who might have had less contact with Racing Welfare in the past. Hopefully this has helped to raise awareness of the charity and the support that’s available to everyone working in the industry, regardless of their location.

“Huge thanks to all of the venues who kindly hosted heats for us, and to our team of volunteers who gave their time to help make it happen.”  

The initiative saw 10 community rounders events take place from Doncaster to Kinross, and everywhere in between, throughout August. The final took place on the 22nd August and ‘Nicky’s Nutters’ won at Carlisle Racecourse, winning a table at the Northern Racing Awards at Newcastle Racecourse in July.

Lucinda Russell OBE hosted the first event, which saw four teams from both hers and Nick Alexander’s Kinneston yard taking part. She said: “A brilliant evening. Thanks to everyone who took part and Racing Welfare for their support as always.”

Rebecca Menzies’ team were among those joining the inter-yard heats held at Sedgefield Racecourse. She commented: “We had great fun…it’s great to meet up with other yards for a bit of fun, food and healthy competition.”

The roadshow forms part of Racing Welfare’s programme of community events held up and down the country. Last year, the charity held 115 community events for working age staff and the retired population. These events and activities play a crucial role in helping to reduce loneliness and isolation, fostering engagement among racing’s communities, supporting health and wellbeing and providing visibility of the charity so that more people know about Racing Welfare and the support that’s available.

Please visit Racing Together’s website to learn more about community engagement across the racing industry

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