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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Young runner James raises £10,000 with racecourse tour

James Clarkson at Newton Abbot during his incredible feat
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James Clarkson, the 11-year-old boy who ran round every jumps racecourse in England in five days, has raised more than £10,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

James, who started his journey at Lingfield on Monday and finished at Taunton on Friday, planned the challenge as part of a school project.

"Because there were 34 racecourses, there was lots of emailing and planning involved. But the hardest part was probably the running, by day five I was pretty tired. We do lots of sport at school and I did a bit of training."

He added: "The best part was when I was at Sedgefield because it was a raceday. I was running around the course between the last two races. I was on the big screen and given a commentary as I went round. When I walked back in people were handing me notes for the charity. It was amazing."

Asked if he was planning any more escapades for charity, James replied: "I haven't got anything planned just yet, but it has sparked something inside me and I want to do more, which probably isn't great for Mum and Dad.

"I read a book when we were driving from course to course by Jamie McDonald, who ran across Canada, and it inspired me."

James, who has strong ties to racing as his father is a racecourse steward and his siblings are point-to-point enthusiasts, said: "My little brother wants to be a jockey, and me and my sister would love to ride in point-to-points. I definitely want to do something in racing one day. I'd love to be an owner."

The best part was when I was at Sedgefield because it was a raceday. When I walked back in people were handing me notes for the charity
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