Kempton Park’s All Weather Track is the one of the busiest in the country and we were lucky to be given the freedom of the circuit for our inaugural Sponsored Walk and Reunion Picnic on a glorious Sunday 20th July. Many an equine superstar has graced the polytrack surface but none would have had as much enjoyment as the 67 retired hounds, their handlers and 4 Companion breeds did on the day.

Having safely completed the 2000 metre circuit at their leisure, hounds were presented with their rosettes courtesy of Lynn Peel then it was time to retire for refreshments on the lawn in front of the grandstand. With sole use of the fabulous facilities, it was nice to take a moment to absorb the atmosphere watching everyone enjoying themselves and to just sit back and relax with our hounds with no horses to watch out for and no bucket collecting with the crowds which we so often do at Kempton Park.

With supporters being so generous in taking part and paying £5 to enter the walk, others who made donations and those who gained sponsorship helped raise a staggering £1655 for our homeless hounds. Our heartfelt thanks must go to Kempton Park Racecourse for being so kind and supportive of us, to those kennel staff who gave up a day off to help, to Helen and Tanja for their beautiful photographs which captured the day and of course to everyone who came and supported the event. I really do hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as Doc and I did.

PS! You can see the pictures here. We can let you have digital copies of the pictures for a small donation to WGW.

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