Horsing around for the hospice

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FUNDRAISERS have gone the extra furlong to make a race night a success.

Hartlepool Round Table is holding a charity night tomorrow to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

And instead of just showing the usual footage of horses people can bet on, they have staged their own horse race using toy animals and trellising for jumps.

Seven grown men grabbed hobby horses and pretended to be jockeys (right) as they cantered around a unit in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

Mark Rycraft, round table member and shopping centre manager, filmed their capers so they can be used as the last race of the night.

He said: “We were in one of the meetings and this idea came up. It’s funny and a bit different.

“The shopping centre bosses allowed the filming and for us to turn one of the units into Haydock Park using a bit of trellis.

“The guys who took part actually thought they were riding horses, they took it far too seriously!”

And not even the riders know who will win the race as Mr Rycraft filmed five different winners to keep everyone guessing.

He added: “It’s really good fun and I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing it.

“It will be a really good family night. People can come along and have a bet if they want, or they can just enjoy the atmosphere.”

Those taking part in the race are: James Shaw, Gavin Spaldin, Allan Wise, Alex Dring, Graeme Smith, Pete Moddy and Dave Smith.

The race night will start at 8pm in the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool.

Entry is £5 on the door and includes a pie and peas supper.

To see a preview video of the men’s race click here