Market Rasen Racecourse administrator Claire Ramsey-Mayes is set to emulate Victoria Pendleton’s ‘Switching Saddles’ enterprise.
The Olympic cycling champion has been in the news headlines since taking to horse racing – and successfully completed a race at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
Now Claire is swapping the office chair for the saddle in a bid to win The Jockey Club Challenge Charity Race at Warwick Racecourse on Wednesday, 18th May in aid of the Air Ambulance Charity.
The charity operates the air ambulances across several counties in the Midlands, as well as the national Children’s Air Ambulance.
Supporting Claire in her quest is Lincolnshire racehorse local trainer, Steve Gollings.
Whilst she can ride, she has never ridden a racehorse before or competed at such levels in any equine discipline. She is attending two sessions per week at Highfield House Stables.
I had my first day riding out in the middle of March under the watchful eyes of Steve and Jayne Gollings. I am keeping up my fitness ahead of the race at Warwick Racecourse by getting into running gear and going out jogging. I am determined to do my best for this wonderful cause.
The fund-raising effort to reach £2,000 is already off to an encouraging start and further donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Claire-Ramsey-Mayes.
Claire’s progress can be followed soon in a blog that will appear on www.marketrasenraces.co.uk.