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Check out England's Oldest Horse Race on a Trip to York

Date Posted: 06/02/13

Check out England's Oldest Horse Race on a Trip to York

If you're looking to experience something a little different when staying in hotels in York this March, a visit to England's oldest horse race could make the perfect day out.


The Kiplingcotes Derby dates back to the time of Henry VIII, when it was first held over a four-mile course in 1519.

It has since become one of the quirkiest sporting events in Britain, and traditionally takes place on the third Thursday in March (March 21st in 2013), starting at an old stone post on the grass verge in the parish of Etton, near Market Weighton, not far from York.

Competitors cover a distance of four miles over farm lanes and tracks, and finish at Londesborough Wold Farm.

One unusual aspect of the race, the rules of which were drawn up in 1618, means that the second placed rider usually receives more prize money than the winner.

The victor receives a set prize of £50, while whoever comes second enjoys winnings made up of the sum of all the entrance fees of £4.25 each.

Posted by Danielle Masterson

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