Ascot road to be shut for Royal Windsor Endurance horse race

Published: 5 May 2013 09:302 comments

A MAJOR route in Ascot is set to close during the morning rush-hour to allow the staging of an endurance challenge event.

The inaugural Royal Windsor Endurance CEI two-star ride will be held in the Windsor Great Park on Friday, May 10, and will include a single circuit around the National Hunt section of Ascot Racecourse.

The vast majority of the course - 90% - will be off-road, with the Long Walk, in Windsor, and the equestrian statue of The Queen in Queen Anne's Ride, in the Great Park, some of the sights being taken in by competitors.

However, the event will require the closure of Sunninghill Road between its junction with Windsor Road and Watersplash Lane from 6.30-9am.

A diversion route will run via Buckhurst Road, London Road, Winkfield Road and Windsor Road.

The 2.8km circuit at the racecourse, in High Street, will be completed early on in the race to allow business as usual to run there where an evening Flat meeting is due to be held.

The event is being held alongside the week-long Royal Windsor Horse Show. Nick Smith, head of communications at Ascot Racecourse, said: "We are delighted to be working with the team at Royal Windsor Horse Show to host part of the endurance race at the racecourse for the first time."

The 120km race will feature 60 riders from across the world, achieving speeds of between 14 and 22km per hour.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is one of the premier events in the equestrian calendar with more than 4,000 entrants from across the world competing in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from May 8-12.

The challenge is free for the public to watch with the entrance at the Review Ground in Windsor Great Park on the A332 Sheet Street Road.

Tickets for the Royal Windsor Horse Show can be bought at www.rwhs.co.uk or get the Ascot News (May 3) for your two for one ticket offer for admission after 3.30pm.

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