A WELL-KNOWN Uttoxeter face is to take on an epic bike ride to raise money for injured jockeys.
Clerk of Uttoxeter Racecourse Charlie Moore has set himself the challenge of a sponsored cycle ride from Newcastle to Uttoxeter to complete in the space of just 12 days.
Mr Moore will be stopping off at nine racecourses along the way, to raise awareness of the Injured Jockeys Fund and to raise as much money as he can to help support the work of the charity.
He told the Advertiser: “As it’s the 50th anniversary of the charity and the 25th anniversary of me starting at the racecourse, it’s a special year so I wanted to give something back to people who are so dedicated to racing.
“The fund is for jockeys who are injured or can’t ride anymore. It’s if they or their family need support, providing help for both individuals and families.
“Some jockeys suffer horrific injuries as a result of racing and its just about giving something back.
“Recently the charity has opened a rehabilitation centre called the Oaksey House.”
And Charlie isn’t put off by the fact he is not a regular cyclist.
He said: “I’ve been cycling in France on holiday but I’m not a regular cyclist by any means. It will be a challenge.
“I want to visit all the racecourses in our group, so this year I will be doing nine of them, and then next year I will do another ride incorporating the other five which will be for Racing Welfare charity.
“My target is to complete it in between two race days, so I have 12 days only, there’s no other alternative as I have to be back for the October race day.
“If I can do it in less than 12 days I will.”
Those wishing to sponsor Charlie can head to his Just Giving page to make a donation at: https://www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Moore4/