Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2014 on 12:19 pm

One of the world’s largest mascot races is coming back to Leeds

Mascot Gold Cup 2014

Mascots take a tumble

Mascots are already getting their costumes ready to take part in one of the world’s largest mascot races coming to Wetherby in Leeds next month.

Numbers are already looking good for the Mascot Gold Cup with a great deal of early interest, as it is hoped that a record-breaking number of larger-than-life characters will take part in this year’s event.

Organised by national healthcare charity Sue Ryder, the event will begin with mascots taking part in the Mascot Parade where punters will be able to place their bets on their favourites, shortly before the mascots do a one-minute warm up.

Presentations will also be made during this time as lucky mascots will have the chance to be awarded Mascot of the Year, Best in Parade, and the best on the day’s theme of Le Grand Départ.

Mascots will finally run 220 yards in front of the cheering grandstands, hurdling over six fences that will test each one’s ability to jump.

The race has a strong charity element again this year with mascots being able to raise funds for their own chosen good cause.

£100,000 was raised collectively last year, the largest ever amount in the event’s eight-year history.

The Mascot Gold Cup 2014 will be held at the Wetherby Race Course and Conference Centre on 13 April.

For more information, please visit www.sueryder.org

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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