Pig set to fly in Grand National bid

PUBLISHED: 11:18 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

ROYSTON will have its own mascot to cheer on in one of the craziest events to take place on a racecourse. Design agency Black Pig, based in the town, has entered Pebbles the pig for the Mascot Grand National, competing with 68 other mascots from sports c

ROYSTON will have its own mascot to cheer on in one of the craziest events to take place on a racecourse.

Design agency Black Pig, based in the town, has entered Pebbles the pig for the Mascot Grand National, competing with 68 other mascots from sports clubs and businesses throughout the country.

The other mascots include The Sun newspaper's Scoop 6 Squirrel and Watford FC's Harry the Hornet.

The annual event raises money for the Children's Trust, a charity that helps children with disabilities.

A Black Pig spokesman said: "We're aiming to raise at least £100, but anything more would be brilliant.

"I just hope the weather stays dry, as Pebbles gets a bit distracted when there is mud around!"

Each mascot will have to run 220 yards and jump six hurdles.

Black Pig web designer Richard Harrison, 22, is the man in the costume.

And the company has high hopes of Richard winning after his rigorous training sessions at the Royston Leisure Centre.

The Mascot Grand National will be taking place on Sunday at Huntingdon race course. The gates open at 12.05pm and the last race takes place at 4.50pm. Admission prices range from £7-£16 with accompanied under-16s free.

- If you would like to sponsor Pebbles in aid of the Children's Trust visit the website at donate@blackpig.co.uk

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