Folkestone Racecourse’s new premier race of the season – the Stop24 Kent National on Wednesday, February 27, with prize money totalling £25,000 – is generously sponsored by the UK’s largest motorway service area, Stop24.
The Stop24 Kent National, run over three miles and seven furlongs, will be the richest jump race ever run at Kent’s only racecourse and its inaugural staging promises to be one the biggest days in Folkestone’s history.
Stop24 is a brand new motorway services and early ports arrival centre, located adjacent to the racecourse at junction 11 on the M20.
Emma Santer, Commercial Manager at Folkestone, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have formed this new relationship with Stop24, as they are located very close to the racecourse at the same motorway junction and I feel that both businesses will benefit from the association.
“This is a very exciting race and will be the highlight of the jumps season, as well as the most valuable race ever run over jumps at Folkestone.
“As a new race, it is highly appropriate to introduce a new sponsor and the timing has worked out well as Stop24 has only just opened for business.
“The inaugural running of the race will be known as the Stop24 Kent National and we look forward to developing a long-lasting and strong relationship with our new neighbours.”
Stop24 is the latest development by Henry Boot Development.
Regional Manager, Adrian Schofield, commented: “Stop24 is very proud to sponsor the Kent National and is delighted to support Folkestone Racecourse, our new neighbours, at such an exciting time.
“We are pleased to be associated with Folkestone’s new premier race which will be such a highlight for our surrounding area.
“Our aim is to provide visitors to Folkestone Racecourse with an opportunity to relax, refuel and refresh for their journey. We offer visitors a variety of high quality food and retail options and also provide vital amenities and valuable services for the local areas.
“We wish the Stop24 Kent National every success and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Folkestone Racecourse.”
The Stop24 Kent National will be run at Folkestone Racecourse on Wednesday, February 27 at 4.10 pm. It is the fifth race of a seven-race programme beginning at 2.10pm. Gates open at 12.10 pm. For information, raceday badges, restaurant or hospitality boxes please visit the web site www.folkestone-racecourse.co.uk or telephone 01303 266407.
An exciting new concept motorway services and port early arrivals centre, Stop24 has just opened at Junction 11 on the M20 near Folkestone. Stop24 is strategically placed 5 minutes drive from the Channel Tunnel and 15 minutes drive from the Port of Dover. It offers visitors a perfect place to relax, refuel and refresh on their journey to and from the Continent.
Covering 55,000 sq ft, which makes it the largest motorway service station in the country, Stop24 provides a highly attractive and spacious leisure and shopping environment for business and leisure travellers, and offers vital amenities for the local area.
Retailers include Shell, WH Smith, Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Julian Graves, Muffin Break, Eat, and Whittard of Chelsea. A bureau de change, provided by Interchange, and tourist information facility will open shortly. Other major retailers coming soon include a grocery store, music entertainment store and family restaurant.
Business travellers can enjoy a comfortable environment to unwind, have a coffee or a meal while keeping up to date using the wifi network installed in the centre.
Passengers can keep up to date with the latest travel information displayed on plasma screens. These display the latest road travel updates, ferry timetables and sky news. Visitors can even watch the progress of their ferry on the screen “radar” using our touch screens.
Stop24 will be pleased to provide hotel accommodation when Days Inn opens in late autumn, 2008.