Bob's 40 for 40

40 years on and Bob embarks on Anniversary walk

Bob can be supported here:

40 years to the day since Bob Champion won his battle with cancer and the world's most famous horse race, he is to set off on #Bobs40For40Challenge sponsored by the Wasdell Group, to raise more funds for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

Join Bob on one of his walks

Leaving from the hallowed turf of Aintree on 11 April, the day after the Randox Grand National 2021, Bob will embark on a 191 mile route, which represents the 191 days from his diagnosis on 24th July 1979, his months of gruelling treatment to then receiving the all clear 31st January 1980 - and going on to win the Grand National the following year.

This 40th Anniversary walk will be unique in the fact that it will not be a linear route, but Bob will cover the 191 miles in 40 memorable stops, all connected to his remarkable life story and representing every year from 1981 - 2021. It will finish at Findon, the place where Aldanti was trained and where the Gifford family carry on the family legacy.

The stops include trainer's yards and places of interest such as Barkfold Manor, where Aldaniti lived in retirement and is buried. At each place, Bob will walk up and down the gallops, or in a circuit, and well-known people will join him along the way. Members of the public can apply to get themselves sponsored to join him on certain days. All visits will be covid secure.

If you would like to join Bob on one of his walks please register your interest here and we will be in contact. Numbers will be limited due to covid regulations and walkers will be expected to gain their own sponsorship to accompany him. A full list of the 40 walking stops on route published as soon as all are confirmed.

In doing #Bobs40For40Challenge he aims to raise much needed funds for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust, which has to date raised in excess of £15 million towards cancer research. Bob says:

"My story 40 years ago gave hope to people around the world fighting cancer. I have dedicated my life to the cause and hope that people will support me again on this anniversary walk for the good work my Trust does on a daily basis."

Martin Tedham, Chairman of the pharmaceutical industry partner Wasdell Group which also sponsors Jonjo O'Neill Racing, says:

"Bob Champion's story of surviving cancer and the amazing contribution he has since made towards funding research into the disease is legendary. I have spent decades working closely with partners who develop life-saving drugs for serious illnesses, and in the spare time that I have, I love nothing better than dropping into Jackdaws Castle to see the great progress my friends Jonjo and Jacqui are making with my racehorses, including Sky Pirate who won at this year's Cheltenham festival, so I feel an affinity with what Bob is doing."
"I sadly lost my wife Carol to cancer three years ago, and of course Jonjo has also had to deal with cancer in the past, so it's an absolute privilege to support Bob in such a worthy endeavour."

Bob can be supported here:

Bob's 40For40 Anniversary Walk Route
11th April - 15th May - Aintree Racecourse to The Downs Stables, Findon

The timing and distance of your day will be confirmed after registration but most morning walks will start around 10.30am and afternoon 3.30pm with walking distances ranging from 6 - 10 miles.

11th Aintree Racecourse
12th Donald McCain - Cholmondeley
13th Tom Dascombe - Malpas
13th Oliver Greenall - Malpas
14th David Loughnane - Stoke Heath
15th Henry Daly - Ludlow
15th Richard Newland Elmbridge, Droitwich Spa WR9 0NQ
20th Olly Murphy - Stratford-upon-Avon
21st Dan Skelton - Alcester
22nd Michael Scudamore - Ross on-Wye
22nd Venetia Williams - Kings Caple
23rd Jonjo O'Neill - Temple Guiting
24th Nigel Twiston-Davies - Naunton
24th David Bridgwater - Stow on the Wold
27th Martin Keighley - Moreton in Marsh
28th Kim Bailey - Andoversford
28th Fergal O'Brien - Withington
29th Alan King - Wroughton
29th Neil King - Wroughton
30th Martyn Meade - Marlborough
30th Brian Meehan - Marlborough

3rd Nicky Henderson - Lambourn
4th Clive Cox - Lambourn
4th Paul Cole - Wantage
5th Oliver Sherwood - Lambourn
5th Mick Channon, West Ilsley RG20 7AE
6th Roger Charlton - Beckhampton
6th Emma Lavelle - Marlborough
7th Andrew Balding - Kingsclere
7th Ralph Beckett - Kimpton Down
8th John Bridger - Liphook
8th Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton
11th Chris Gordan - Winchester
11th Barkfold Manor - Kirdford
12th Gary Moore - Lower Beeding
12th David Menuisier - Pulborough
12th Amanda Perrett - Pulborough
12th Luke Dace - Pulborough
14th Richard Rowe - Storrington
14th May Suzy Smith - Angmering
15th Nick Gifford - Findon

All we ask is that you aim to raise a minimum of £40 and hopefully £400 or even £4000!

To register to be involved and join Bob in his 40For40 Challenge Anniversary Walk please complete the form below or email


Create your own sponsorship page on either or if you would like help with this please tick here .

Confirm you are over the age of 16 or have an adult's approval to participate if under .

Please use the hashtag #Bobs40For40Challenge and tag us too so we can share.

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