Sammy the Saint to help set mascot world record at racecourse

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 April 2015

St Albans City FC Mascot, Sammy the Saint

St Albans City FC Mascot, Sammy the Saint

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All creatures great and small - and probably very hairy - will join Sammy the Saint at the world's largest mascot race this weekend.

Hoping to be the mane star of the event, St Albans City Football Club’s frisky, fuzzy feline is already purring over the contest, which will double as an attempt to set a new world record of mascots in a race.

Speaking through Tom Norman, the Saints’ commercial manager, Sammy said: “Although I’m more used to demonstrating my football skills at Clarence Park I’m hoping that I will beat a lion’s share of the field on Sunday.”

There are bound to be plenty of absurd antics when he and fellow mascots descend upon Wetherby Racecourse to take part in the Mascot Gold Cup 2015.

Organisers are hoping sports teams’ iconic lucky charms will break the world record for the most mascots in a race to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

While last year over 80 larger than life furry characters joined in, this year over 125 are needed.

The event doubles as a fundraiser for Sue Ryder, to help the charity continue caring for those with incurable illnesses.

It is the first of two away days planned for Sammy, who will accompany four St Albans FC supporters, including co-owner Lawrence Levy, in their team on the Men United Prostate Cancer London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge, from June 12-14.

The team hopes to raise over £4,000 in sponsorship for Prostate Cancer UK.

Sammy said: “Unfortunately I’m rather wobbly on a bike so the organisers have kindly let me travel in their back-up van.”

To sponsor the team go to: www.justgiving.com/teams/stalbanscity

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