On Sunday 23rd September Haywards Heath Lions Club held their first ever mascot race at Plumpton Racecourse – under the direction of our mascot Leo (a.k.a. Lion Denys Hutson).

Eight mascots from various organisations across the South East of England took part, with HHLC raising £328 for the Chailey Heritage Foundation, who help change the lives of children and adults with complex disabilities.

The race was won by Howie Hornet from Horsham FC followed by Haydon the Womble from Wimbledon AFC and KNK Kev who came third. HHLC managed to field three mascots, including Leo but sadly Zarla and Leonora finished down the field.

The Mascot race was mentioned on BBC Radio Sussex and can be found on Facebook.

The event was held in memory of Geoff Smith who had been instrumental in organising mascot races to raise money for charities across venues in the South of England and who sadly passed away recently.


Members of the Haywards Heath Lions Club present the Chailey Heritage Foundation with a cheque for £328