Worcester Racecourse

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Worcester
Worcester Racecourse - geograph.org.uk - 280033.jpg
Location Worcester, Worcestershire
Owned by Arena Leisure Plc
Screened on At The Races
Course type National Hunt
Official website

Worcester Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in the city of Worcester, Worcestershire, England.[1] Horse racing has taken place here since at least 1718.[2]

It is popularly known by Worcester residents as Pitchcroft and is just short of 100 acres.[3] From 1893 the Worcester Rugby Club played on ground enclosed by the racecourse for a number of years.[4] In 1902 Berwick Rangers and Worcester Rovers football clubs amalgamated taking the present name of Worcester City F. C. playing on an enclosed area of the racecourse called Severn Terrace (behind the present Swan Theatre) until the start of the 1905 season.[5]

The course is laid out as an oval circuit of about 13 furlongs in length and situated by the south side of the River Severn.[1]

During the 2007 floods, the racecourse was inundated and all the fixtures after June 30 had to be cancelled. [6]

  • 13 Fur = Approximately 2,615.2metres

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b British Racing and Racecourses (ISBN 978-0950139722) by Marion Rose Halpenny - Page 247
  2. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p40
  3. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p40
  4. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  5. ^ Not Just a Racecourse Judd Doughty Worcestershire Life June 2010 p42
  6. ^ BBC - Hereford and Worcester - No racing at Worcester (Accessed 02 Aug 07)

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Coordinates: 52°11′57″N 2°13′59″W / 52.19917°N 2.23306°W / 52.19917; -2.23306