With the country gripped by horse racing fever in Cheltenham Festival week, NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) South West is delighted to be getting in on the act too, with the launch of the NODA South West PANTOMIME DERBY, and an attempt to break the World Record for the Most Two-Person Pantomime Animals in One Race!!

On SUNDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2014, hoards of pantomime cows, horses, camels, crocodiles and other assorted animals will be descending on Bath Racecourse to take part in the first annual NODA South West Pantomime Derby. Listed as the first official race on the card, the entrants will be shown in the parade ring before the event, where a prize will be given for the ‘Best Turned Out’, before lining up for the 100metre race on the highest flat racing course in the country. The winners will have their photographs taken in the winner’s enclosure before staying to enjoy a full day’s racing at the Bath Racecourse Family Fun Day.

The race has already been recognised as an official Guinness World Record Attempt, and organisers are hoping to comfortably beat the current record of 53 animals, set by ITV’s This Morning team at Kempton Racecourse last December, at the launch of their ‘Text Santa’ campaign.

NODA South West regional rep Graeme Savage says “Amateur theatre is incredibly rewarding but can also be very intense and a lot of hard work with long rehearsals, committee meetings, fundraising, selling tickets, etc as well as the shows themselves. This seemed like the ideal way for lots of our members and their friends to get together and let their hair down, but still celebrate the amateur theatre community! We’re delighted that Bath Racecourse have agreed to host the event for us, and hopefully many of our runners will stay around to be part of the fun day with all the other attractions which they have planned for the day. If we can break the world record while we’re at it, than that will be fantastic! If not, it gives us something to aim for next year…”

Bath Racecourse’s Executive Director, Jo Hall says: “We were thrilled when the team at NODA asked us to be the host venue for their Guinness World Record attempt in September. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the declarations for the first annual NODA South West Pantomime Derby as they come through in the coming months. Aside from the Pantomime Derby there will be plenty of activities on offer to families throughout the day, including appearances from Moshi Monsters, Katsuma and Poppet.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Graeme..uk to register or for more information. To be eligible for the world record, all pantomime animals should consist of two people in one costume, and run the 100m race.

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