Plumpton wins National Racecourse Award

Staff at Plumpton
Staff at Plumpton

Plumpton Racecourse, the privately owned National Hunt horse-racing course in the village of Plumpton near Lewes, East Sussex, have been named Racecourse Groundstaff Champion at the Racecourse Association’s National Showcase Awards for 2014.

The awards ceremony was held earlier this month at Haydock Park Racecourse.

This award comes shortly after Plumpton were announced as winner of the jumps category at the 2014 Racecourse Groundstaff Awards and

Plumpton’s long standing Clerk of the Course, Mark Cornford, was awarded the Neil Wyatt Lifetime Achievment Award, following over 30 years of service at the Sussex track.

The Showcase Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in all areas of the racecourse. The independent judging panel for the Groundstaff Champion Award was particularly impressed with the work that the Plumpton team has done to improve the track. In addition to this they have delivered a major project to redevelop the parade ring and worked hard to recruit more members to the team.

Plumpton Racecourse Chief Executive, Michael Moloney, said: “It is fantastic for our team to be recognised in this way, and especially for Mark Cornford whose contributions to the grass roots of racing at Plumpton over the last 35 years, have been remarkable. Mark has been an exceptional leader for our groundstaff team, and instrumental in the improvements throughout the course over the years.”

Added Mark: “On behalf of the team at Plumpton I am proud to be able to say how thrilled we are to have won this prestigious award. I am delighted that the efforts of the whole groundstaff team have been recognised including the race day team, who play such a vital role in ensuring the best conditions are maintained for racing. For horsemen there is nothing more important than the racing surface. It is a pleasure to work as part of this team and I would personally like to congratulate all our groundstaff.”

The next fixture for Plumpton is an action-packed afternoon of exciting National Hunt racing on Monday 1st December. The first race is at 12.40pm and gates will open from 10.30am. For further information and to book tickets in advance, taking advantage of a £2 discount per ticket visit