Half Term Report

Carl's corner

Half Term Report

It hardly seems like we started the season and we have past the half way mark with the passing of the Browns Ladies Day race meeting. _AC_5508-poster The first half of the season has been dogged with poor weather, but we have raced with some very competitive horses racing here. The track has stood up remarkable well considering the pressures put upon it, grass cover has been thick and the aeration program seems to be paying dividends. The investment in the water treatment also has had an effect on growth and drainage. The Claro refit has been a huge success with usage better than anticipated, and with the usability of the layout it is a very useful addition to the course strategy. As some of you will be aware I was diagnosed with Myeloma at the start of the season, the directors and staff here have rallied round me and my family at this difficult time which has been a huge comfort. Fear not for the track I am still very much at work but slower than normal but I wouldn’t be able to cope with this without the excellent support given to me by all here. Below is an article on what the team are doing to highlight  Myeloma and their charity walk, please take time to look through and help where you can, Thank you.

Ripon Racecourse Rally for Head Groundsman

April 2015, Carl Tonks, the Head Groundsman at Ripon Racecourse, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer known as Myeloma. The Racecourse Team has rallied around Carl to offer all the support he requires to continue tending the ground during his treatment, thus remaining an integral part of the team in staging racing throughout the summer at the Garden Racecourse. IMG_6006 Furthermore, Ripon Racecourse has begun a campaign to raise funds and awareness for Myeloma UK, the only organisation within Great Britain focused solely on research and development regarding Myeloma treatment. The Racecourse effort will focus around the Leeds 5KBig Fun Run at Roundhay Park on Saturday 22 August. The Team are running and fundraising as ‘Team Ripon’,so please donate to the team cause to help reach their target of £1000!Donations can be as little or as much as you wish, and all will be gratefully received for what is a hugely worthwhile cause. James Hutchinson, Managing Director of Ripon Racecourse, commented “As Head Groundsman, Carl is an important part of our team here at Ripon. When he was diagnosed, as his colleagues we felt we should play our part and with his encouragement he is determined for us to help others. As there is no current cure for Myeloma we wanted to do something to help raise awareness and funds towards research for a cure. We hope you can help us along the way by donating what you can for this great cause”

Donations can be made by texting ‘CKFA69 £5’ to 70070

or via this link www.justgiving.com/RiponRaces


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