Becky’s Blog: September has started with a bang!

We have hosted the Utility Warehouse annual get together and some 2,000 people enjoyed the many guest speakers and awards ceremony. Our catering team do a fabulous job as all delegates get a picnic bag for lunch and over 2,000 people were served lunch in under 20 minutes – some feat I can tell you!

We colour code the room and have a steward lead those delegates in each colour section of the room to their lunch bag station – we use all the rooms surrounding Hall of Fame for this to ensure no one queues and everyone can get back for the start of the afternoon session. We all breathe a sigh of relief when everyone is back for the start of the next session on time!

As the guests were leaving at 6.00pm on Sunday, we began turning the room around for the White Company Sale which started on Wednesday  – I love this sale and I even started my Christmas shopping!

We then have another overnight turnaround as the Brass Band National Championships of Great Britain start on Thursday. This is always a hotly competitive event and we look forward to the noise booming around The Centaur – further information can be found here.

Whilst we are hosting big events, we are busy planning the big events to follow – the McCoys Jockey Club Jump Racing Awards take place at the end of September.

This is followed by the Cheltenham Half Marathon in less than 24 hours later. We were thrilled to hear that local trainer Ben Pauling’s yard have entered a team and we look forward to cheering them round the route.

Ben Paulings Team take part in the Cheltenham Half Marathon

Delighted to hear that the team will include runners who have never done, nor attempted, a marathon of any sort before!  Ben has started the BPR Lunchtime Running Club for those who need some extra practice – not that he is in any way competitive! The team are raising money for Racing Welfare and MacMillan Cancer Support, both these charities do so much behind the scenes and have helped people dear to us all at one point or another.

Interspersed with our larger events we have our usual eclectic mix of conferences, meetings, board meetings and birthday celebrations.

Our counterparts from the London region hosted an excellent operations seminar earlier this week – we enjoyed sharing best practice on the latest developments in Health and Safety, the implications for the event world of the latest Green Guide and to hear the latest developments around the Jockey Club group.

We are thrilled to that our Regency town has long been known for its festivals and now it’s official, we are #TheFestivalTown. Find out more about the range of festivals that are hosted across Cheltenham, some of which are world leading.

Kenny Macdonald, our technical manager, recently won the staff member of the quarter which is a terrific achievement. Kenny has been part of the green team at Cheltenham for several years and has taken on the responsibility of the implementation of the racecourse’s end of season site walk-around to ensure all non-essential equipment was turned off fully during the non-racing period. Three teams of four walked the site (approximately two hours per team) and all items including TVs, betting terminals and walk-in fridges were switched off, resulting in a big electrical drop being seen year on year in May.  Top Job Kenny!

Kenny MacDonald

Cheltenham Racecourse