SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2017, GREENWICH, LONDON
London’s daftest race event, ‘The London Pantomime Horse Race’, gallops back into the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site on Sunday 10th December for its 8th consecutive year. If the sight of racing Pantomime Horses is not surreal enough, then picture them dressed up as their favourite Rock star or Pop Idol .
This year the race is sponsored by Royal Greenwich based Chamber Member, O’Keefe who heard about the opportunity at a networking lunch and loved the idea of supporting the race. CEO of the O’Keefe Group, Patrick O’Keefe said: “Here at the O’Keefe Group, we are delighted to be sponsors of this annual, charity sporting challenge. Everyone taking part will have a lot of fun in raising money for a great charity ‘YOUCAN’–Youth Cancer Support. We want to wish everyone luck for the day and look forward to being involved in future events.”
The ‘Rock/Pop Icons’ themed event, begins with the popular ‘Pre-Race Ceremony’ show in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site at another Chamber member ‘Devonport House’ from 11:30am-1pm. Hosted by respected Comedians ‘Nick Wilty’ & US Comic ‘Lewis Schaffer’, the show features the parody Panto Horse Dance-off contest ‘Strictly Neigh Dancing’ which takes on a special ‘Madonna’ themed tribute. Performing live will be ‘Maredonna’ herself, who will perform ‘Into the Hoof’. Things are set to get even more surreal when a 70’s era Elton John called ‘Equestrian John’, makes an appearance (complete with his magic mobile Piano), to entertain the bemused spectators, attending the free to enter event. The renowned ‘Rock Choir’ will also take the stage to perform a medley of classic Rock and Pop hits, before the Pop Star Panto Horses, arrive to take their place at the starting line for the 2017 race.
At 1pm, the streets of the Central Greenwich will be transformed into a course for glammed up comical looking ‘pop/rock star’ lookalike nags. Entries include ‘Neddie Mercury’, ‘Beyonce-Neigh’, ‘Elvis Preseniegh’, Camel Minogue plus an unexpected reunion of sorts from the bickering brothers, Noel & Liam Galloper. These Iconic looking Panto Horses begin the race from the grounds of Devonport House, onwards to their 1st of 6 ‘Pit stops’ along the quarter mile route. The 5 best performing ‘Horses’, with the most awarded points per ‘pit-stop’ will then face their final race challenge, The Space-Hopper Panto Horse finale. The 1st nag to reach the finish line, will be crowned the ‘official 2017 winner’. There’s simply no other race quite like it in the sporting calendar.