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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Whitehaven RL prepare for day at Carlisle races

Whitehaven RLFC are hoping to better last season’s successful day at the races when they return to Carlisle next month.

Barry Richardson photo
Barry Richardson

The club organised their first ever corporate race day at Carlisle Racecourse last year and they seemed to have backed a winner as around 200 fans, club sponsors and guests got involved.

And now it is time for them to return to the Blackwell course, on Tuesday, August 12, with around 190 tickets already sold. But there is still time to join in the fun at the Summer Flat Racing Day.

“We are building on the success of last year’s event and looking to make it even bigger and better,” said Haven chief executive Barry Richardson, who with players Lee Mitchell, James Newton, Larsen Marabe and Ben Milburn met jump racing legend AP McCoy at the Carlisle track during Tuesday’s meeting.

“Last year was a huge success for us with around 200 people attending in the hospitality area. We have around 190 already booked for this year but there are still spaces available and we would love to see people there.”

Hospitality tickets at £70 can be ordered from the Recre and racecourse entry, programme, three-course meal and afternoon tea are all included in the price, while tables of any size can be accommodated. A Haven player will host each table.

If fans would just like to go along, there is general admission tickets on offer from the club at a discounted rate of £10 and there is also transport from wWest Cumbria, which must be booked in advance, priced £15 per person.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse general manager, was delighted that the club decided to return, saying at the time: “The event last summer was a real ground-breaker – the first of its kind in linking a local race meeting with a local rugby league club – and it turned out to be a tremendous success on every level for both the racecourse and for the club.

“West Cumbria is a great supporter of the racecourse throughout the year and the Whitehaven RL party created a great atmosphere on their special day last year.”

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