Wetherby Races meeting called off

The flooded Wetherby Racecourse.
The flooded Wetherby Racecourse.

Wetherby Racecourse has had to cancel its next meeting after due to the track being waterlogged after the recent torrential rain.

Jonjo Sanderson, chief executive of Wetherby Racecourse, took the decision to call off tomorrow’s (Wednesday) Countryside Alliance Race after the track became waterlogged at the weekend.

Mr Sanderson told the News: “About a third to half of the area of the racecourse alongside York Road is underwater.

“It is very disappointing as Wednesday was due to be a very busy day.

“All out hospitality facilities were full and we worked hard at this mid-week fixture, it is disappointing that the weather has scuppered that once again.”

He added that racegoers would be entitled to a full refund or could rearrange for another fixture.

Meanwhile, heavy rain continued to fall today with a number of people commenting on twitter about the rainfall in the Wetherby area.

Flood warnings are currently in place, mainly in North Yorkshire, including warnings for riverside properties at Cattal including Oak Lodge and The Old Cornmill at Hunsingore.

No flood warnings are currently in place for the River Wharfe in Wetherby or Tadcaster.

On Sunday fire crews helped a number of properties in Saxton which were flooded overnight into Sunday.

Saxton Lane to Main Street in Saxton, near Tadcaster, is closed as a result.

In September, a bridge in Tadcaster about five miles (8km) from Saxton was forced to close due to major flooding.

The bridge, over the River Wharfe, which links two parts of the town, was shut for several days and caused major disruption.

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