Race along to Market Rasen for charities day

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Market Rasen Racecourse is to celebrate all that is great about Lincolnshire’s countryside in an historic coming together of the county’s rural charities.

This Sunday, April 14, is Lincolnshire Rural Charities Raceday, incorporating Countryside Day, at the racecourse.

There will be an array of rural activities and attractions including: an exhibition of vintage tractors and cars, a falconry display, ‘Splat the Rat’ from Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club, a competition to guess the number of Piper’s Crisps in a tractor, parades by the Perardua Beagles and East Lincs Bassetts, trade stands with lovely Lincolnshire produce.

As a special treat for youngsters – and all accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge to the racecourse – Peppa Pig will be making appearances during the afternoon.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution are raising awareness of and funds for their work on behalf of farmers, farming families and farming businesses in Lincolnshire.

The three charities are aware of the current need for emotional and economic support for the farmers, farming families and farming businesses in these uncertain economic times in Lincolnshire, which has, with its rich agricultural heritage, a high percentage of farming and rural families.

One fundraising initiative is a ‘boomerang challenge’ by Lincolnshire’s young farmers, who will leave the racecourse 24 hours before the meeting and return on the day. The winner is the farmer who has travelled the furthest.

Racecourse general manager Pip Kirkby said: “Our annual Countryside Day is always a thrilling race meeting for everyone and we are delighted to be working with the Lincolnshire rural charities who do so much valuable work.

“We are delighted to welcome the charities to the racecourse and provide them with the opportunity to promote themselves and raise money. We wish them every success and hope that they receive the support they deserve.

“We are putting on lots of attractions and activities with families seeking a spring afternoon out principally in mind.”

General admission on Sunday: Family Enclosure £7.50; Tattersalls £14; County Enclosure £19. Students and senior citizens save up to £4 off admission. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge.

Call 0844 579 3009 to book general admission. More information is at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk. Gates open at 12.30pm, with racing between 2.30pm and 5.10pm.

A facebook page has been set up and further information can be found at: www.facebook.com/LincolnshireRuralCharitiesRaceDay.