The Mascot Gold Cup, sponsored by Foresters, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and as part of the milestone celebrations organisers Sue Ryder are aiming to establish the Guinness world record for the most mascots in a race. Last year over 80 larger than life furry characters took part and this year over 100 are expected which will be enough to establish a new world record in a 1Km run which will take place before the prestigiuos Mascot Gold Cup itself.
The Mascot Gold Cup has been held at Wetherby Racecourse family day meeting since 2006 and has raised £130,000 for Sue Ryder and a similar figure for many other good causes as mascots can fund raise for their own chosen charities. Individuals, corporate groups, sports associations are all encouraged to join in the fun. Teams have come from across the UK and Northern Ireland and this year there’s even an international entry from Germany.
The Mascot Gold Cup race itself is over the final furlong with 6 small fences and will start with a bang (er) as the two sausages who have limited movement are allowed to set off first in a handicap style start. One will be wearing a GoPro camera so that ‘Sausage Cam’ footage of the race from the viewpoint of a mascot can be captured thanks to Debbie&Andrews sausages. Many mascots will be dressed on the race theme of “Keep it clean” as Sponsored by Bulloughs Cleaning Services.
Prior to the races a mascot parade is held and Mascots will be judged by a VIP panel for being the best in parade, the best on theme and the best fundraiser for Sue Ryder Manorlands. There are also prizes for those who are placed in the race.
Andrew Wood, Sue Ryder Fundraiser and race organiser said “We’re really excited about this year’s event. The Foresters Mascot Gold Cup is always a great addition to Wetherby’s family day meeting and we’re delighted that so many Mascots are coming along to support Sue Ryder, entertain the huge crowd and help us break the world record. It would be a great way to celebrate 10 years on a historic day for Wetherby Racecourse as they hold their first ever flat race fixture”.
To find out more about the Mascot Gold Cup and to register contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640176 or visit www.mascotgoldcup.org.uk