Becky’s Blog: A busy June at Cheltenham Racecourse

June at Cheltenham Racecourse is always the month of conferences, award ceremonies and outdoor events, this year has been no exception.

Our ample indoor space in The Centaur hosted the West Midlands Point to Point Ball and Awards event which saw many of the stars of the amateur racing world celebrating their season successes. We saw three proms take place across one weekend, a lovely event for those leaving school and embarking on the next phase of their lives.

We are quite accustomed to sporting stars at the racecourse but we were certainly star stuck with one of the latest guest speakers. The lightening man himself and nine-time Olympic Gold medallist Usain Bolt, was a special guest at an Awards ceremony and was interviewed by Jonathon Ross in front of 900 delegates.

A touch of 1920/30’s glamour graced the racecourse at the Townswomans Guild 2019 AGM with a special appearance from HRH the Princess Royal here as the guest speaker.

Our outdoor events have truly taken off throughout June and this started with The Cheltenham Challenge early in the month. Sadly, it was one of the wettest weekends of the year but this certainly didn’t dampen the runners spirits with the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon runs all well supported.

The Cheltenham Balloon Festival took place for the first time and what a spectacular sight it was on the Saturday.  Sadly the weather was not so kind to the organisers on Sunday and it was not possible for the 40 air balloons to take flight. (Oh the joys of being an outdoor event organiser!) Nearly 30,000 visitors enjoyed the displays over the weekend and we hope to welcome the event again next year.

The Cancer Research Race For Life is a regular event of the site and the runners got down and dirty in the mud at the Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course which involves scrambling over the A-frame and crawling through the mud pit. The Pretty Muddy 5k took place on the Saturday and the children’s section allowed everyone to get involved with the 5K and 10k taking place on the Sunday.

We cater for all ages at a number of the events at Cheltenham Racecourse including the Young Drivers courses that allow children over the age of 10 to drive in a brand new Vauxhall Corsa.

As we move into July, we look ahead to the number of events taking place including Dubtoberfest, a fantastic VW show with Bavarian fun in the sun.

Variety truly is the spice of life here at the Racecourse – do come along and look at our versatile facilities if you are looking to host an event soon.

The summer break from racing allows many of the teams to undertake summer projects. The team are constantly reviewing the impact the racecourse has on the environment and how can work in more sustainable ways and this certainly includes reducing our plastic consumption.

The maintenance team are busy refreshing the facilities with a lick of fresh paint along with Cleanevent, our cleaning team, giving each of our space and suites a deep clean.

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