The likes of Ruby Walsh, Tony McCoy, AndrewMcNamara, Johnny Murtagh and Davy Russell will be running 5km in aid of the Irish Jockeys Accident Fund, and will be joined by actor Paddy Courtney and musician Mick Foster.
Events will be held at 12pm at Limerick, Leopardstown and theCurragh racecourses, with over 780 people taking part last year to raise €25,000. Organiser Audrey O’Dwyer said: “We are delighted to be running the ‘Jog for Jockeys’ again this year. Participation costs only €25 and includes a goodie bag and T-shirt. Just like last year there will be a greatatmosphere on the three courses and we really do want people to take part – you can walk or run it, it’s really all about participation!”
Courtney said: “I met one of my all-time racing heroes, Johnny Murtagh, along with bunch of talented riders, young and not-so young at the Curragh, who all helped to make some noise. As a lifelong racing fanatic, I’m delighted to be able to help by jogging a simple 5km, you can help too.”
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club senior medical officer said: “Whatother sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 miles per hour on a half ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres. Last year saw two of our Flat jockeys suffer very serious injuries. Among our National Hunt jockeys we recorded 13 cases of concussion, 36 fractures and multiple other injuries.
“Apart from the contributions to the Injured Jockeys Fund from owners, trainers and jockeys etc, fundraisers such as this are essential to maintain sufficient funds to support our jockeys when out injured and pay appropriate medical expenses.”