Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Sasha Melia
After a gruelling day of assessment at the British Racing School in Newmarket, Alex Monro was officially declared ‘Fit to ride’ in the Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Derby race at Epsom on 27 August.
This is the first time that such a race has been run at Epsom and the challenging nature of the course means the amateur riders taking part need to be as fit as professional jockeys. Hence each of the 12 had to spend a day at the British Racing School to be assessed.
Alex who is director of Mole Energy Switching (www.moleenergy.com) explains: “I was pleased and relieved to get this assessment behind me. I have been training religiously since March – riding out, running and cycling at least 20 miles per week, as well as visiting the gym twice a week. I am delighted that this major hurdle is now behind me and I can carry on getting myself as fit as possible for the big day”.
Alex is on track to raise his personal goal of £5000 for Hannah’s Willberry the Wonder Pony Charity and The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. His corporate sponsors are Mole Valley Farmers (www.molevalleyfarmers.com) and Mole Energy; Rutherford Estates, (who are currently developing a Proton beam to be used in the fight against cancer); Costguard; Bishop Fleming; and The All England Jumping Course Hickstead.and the correct link for Alex’s Virgin Money page is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlexMonro
His mount for the day is being kindly provided by Karen and Paul George (www.karengeorgeracing.com).
“Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far and I hope I can do justice to both charities and raise thousands more. I will endeavour to keep you all updated on the preparations leading up to the big day via
To date the professional riders for the race include three day eventer Lissa Green, (daughter of Lucinda Green MBE) and her cousin Lara Prior-Palmer, who has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lissa and Lara will be joined by Alex, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, showjumper Tim Gredley and Horse and Hound journalist Gemma Redrup plus six other amateur riders from the equine world.
For more details about the race or the charities involved, please visit www.championswillberry.org.uk
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