The racing industry will have its usual crop of runners in the London Marathon on Sunday, and several have said that events at Boston’s race on Monday have made no difference to their intention to take part.
Many people have taken part over the years, and since 2007, those running on behalf of Racing Welfare have raised over £120,000 for the charity. This year a team of 12 people is running for Racing Welfare. Phil White, racecourse manager at Kempton spoke for them all yesterday, telling the Racing Post, “I’m even more determined to run on Sunday after what has happened in Boston. It’s really awful, but it won’t affect me or any of my supporters – I have got a lot of my family and friends coming along decked out in T-shirts.”
Colm Sharkey, an amateur jockey explained why he was taking part. He said, “This will be first marathon. I have done a few 10k's before and have always had a slight ambition to go that 20 miles further! When Racing Welfare asked me to run for them, I was delighted to accept! They are a super organisation who help so many people in the Horse Racing Industry. Without the people behind the scenes who work long and unsociable hours, the industry could not operate.”
Good luck to all of them.