Celebrity-packed weekend ahead at the racecourse

A FESTIVAL of Sport comes to Market Rasen Racecourse this weekend and is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a new discipline.

As well as all the thrills of jump racing during the afternoon, a host of sporting celebrities will be coming along to entertain the crowds.

Among the attractions:

l There will be chance for visitors to test their skills at the oche against darts legend Bobby George.

l Spectators can also prove their punches with British Commonwealth featherweight boxing champion Charles Shepherd,

l A man used to a very different kind of racetrack will be at the Lincolnshire racecourse – that’s World Supersport motorbike rider Sam Lowes with his team and bike;

l Golf fans can test their swings in the racecourse’s own golf bunker;

l Add to all that the presence of members of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team, and a fantastically exciting day is in prospect.

Pip Kirkby, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “We have a cracking afternoon of entertainment laid on for our visitors. There really is something for everyone at the racecourse on Sunday.

“It is the beginning of a massive week for horse racing – with the Cheltenham Festival at our sister racecourse in Gloucestershire – so we’re looking forward to welcoming the top jockeys as they prepare for the big races during the week.”

A special sportsman’s package has been put together for the event. For £20, and booked in advance, it comprises admission to the Tattersalls Enclosure, a pie with peas, a free pint, a discounted Tote bet and the racecourse’s new-look raceday guide.

Bookings are being taken on 0844 579 3009 and via www. marketrasenraces.co.uk.

A Sunday roast package is also on offer – £55 per person to include use of a private hospitality box overlooking the track, two-course Sunday lunch, County Enclosure admission and a raceday guide.

Admission on Sunday, March 13 costs: Premier Members £26; County Enclosure £19; Tattersalls £14; Family Enclosure £9; Picnic Car Park £5 per car and Family Enclosure admission per adult.

Accompanied children aged 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Senior citizens and students - £4 off admission into County and Tattersalls (identification required). More information at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk.

The first race is at 2.20pm, and gates will open at 12.20pm.