14th annual mascot Grand National takes place

Mr Bumble denied Grand National treble

Kempton Park hosted the 14th annual Grand National for mascots this week, with 27 racers going head to head for the biggest prize in the whole of costumed racing.

The pre-race favourite was two time winner Mr Bumble, the oversized bee flying the flag for Barnet FC. Alongside Bumble was world class athlete Iwan Thomas, who boasts the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games on his CV, as well as winning gold at the 1997 World Championships. While Thomas had enjoyed success at the very top level of athletics, he had not been required to dress as a mole while doing so, arguably the key factor in his failure to add another victory to his roll of honour.

Neither Roberts or Bumble were able to come out on top on this occasion, as the field made up of a moose, donkey, poker chip, scorpion, fire extinguisher, giraffe and various other creatures trailed in behind the eventual winner. Barrett Homes took the glory on this occasion, Barry Barrett the builder taking home the top prize. Barrett stormed clear of his rivals, winning by a considerable margin and leaving the Barnet FC representative in second place, with many racers failing to finish after tumbling over one of the fences.

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