Becky’s Blog: Keeping You Up To Date

A blog by Rebecca Elvin, Regional Operations Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse

We are lucky enough to be part of a company that celebrates celebrating our milestones. This is a new initiative, within the Jockey Club, designed to recognise long service and dedication to the company and recently two members of the Conference and Event team celebrated five years’ service, Andy Lowe, one of our duty managers and Kenny Macdonald, our technical manager.  Many congratulations to them both.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Bristol Balloon Festival recently ( by Richmond Event Management as a thank you to the team who had worked so hard on the PDSA Family day earlier in the year.  The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe.  Alongside the fantastic site of hot air balloons filling the skies are a large number of great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.  Sadly the weather on Saturday was not so kind and the balloons were unable to take off.

Cheltenham Pastors – did your know that Cheltenham has the third largest night time economy in the South West?  Cheltenham Street Pastors commissioned the first twenty-one pastors on 1st December 2009 and has operated successfully since then on Saturday nights from 10pm to 4am. There are now over 50 trained Street Pastors who come from 30 churches in Cheltenham and the surrounding area.

We are investing in our facilities all the time to keep up with modern trends and during August we proudly took delivery of our new chairs for Centaur – some 850 of them, which are very comfy!   We also have had new curtains in Gold Cup and new carpets on our fourth level boxes.

On Friday 28th September, we hosted the annual Jockey Club McCoys Awards dinner and the great and the good of the racing world attended, celebrating the triumphs and highlights of the past season, where every character in sport is appreciated.  Over 500 guests filled The Centaur and enjoyed the awards ceremony hosted by ITV racing presenters Alice Plunkett and Rishi Persad.

McCoys Awards

The weekend ended with just under 3000 runners taking part in the Cheltenham half marathon which started and finished at the racecourse.


Cheltenham Racecourse