Grand National hero Bob Champion’s new quest for cancer charity

BOB CHAMPION is preparing to embark on a new charity walk 40 years after conquering cancer to win the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti.

Grand National hero Bob Champion is preparing for a new charity walk.

Now 72, the North Yorkshire riding legend begins the Bobs40For40Challenge, sponsored by the Wadsell Group, in aid of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

His miracle win has led to over £15m being raised for cancer research and the walk will begin at Aintree next weekend after the 2021 Randox Grand National.

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Champion will follow a 191 mile route, which represents the 191 days from his cancer diagnosis to receiving the all clear after pioneering chemotherapy treatment. He will cover the journey in 40 stops at racing yards and locations, finishing at Findon in Sussex from where Aldanit was trained.

Bob Champion (left) at Josh Gifford's stables after Aldaniti's Grand National win in 1981.

He will walk up and down the gallops, or in a circuit. Members of the public can apply to get themselves sponsored to join him Champion and all visits will be Covid secure.

“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,” said Champion.

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