A Horncastle man has completed an epic journey across Britain, visiting not only every league football ground in the country but every racecourse too.
Peter Limage, 61, of Hemingby Way, has now visited 92 football grounds and 59 racecourses up and down the country, completing his set on Monday December 8 at Musselborough in Edinburgh, where he was also honoured to present the prize to the winning trainer of one of the day’s handicap chases.
Peter’s first football match was Manchester City vs Sheffield United back in the 1960s at the old Maine Road ground and he found a love of horseracing and set about visiting each course in 1996, although he backed his first winner in the 1961 Grand National at the tender age of 8, betting his 2 shillings of pocket money.
He said: “What got me in to doing the racecourses was my good racing friend Mick Davey from Market Rasen.
“I mentioned to him that I had been to a few of the local tracks like Rasen and Doncaster and he said have I thought of going further afield. He led the way and I went with him. He only needed to visit one more, Cartmel, when he died earlier this year from bowel cancer so I sort of dedicated this to him.”
Peter has managed to collect racecards from each of the courses he has visited, two of which, Folkstone and Hereford have since closed, and has collected the signatures of many of racings famous trainers, jockeys and television pundits, starting with Lester Piggott and ending last week with jockey Barry Geraghty.
Peter, who has worked on the railways for 43 years, currently based at Lincoln, added: “I’ve always been a bit of a collector of things and football grounds and racecourses were another thing to collect. I believe once you have got started on something the job has to go on to get completed.
“I’ve had a lot of fun out of it during the years, not made a lot of money out of it of course, but I’ve seen some great races and games of football over the years.
“I would like to thank Jamie Town and Ian Close for helping me get round some of the grounds and of course, would like to thank the late Mick Davey for helping me around racecourses.”
So, after attending hundreds of football matches, 25 Cheltenham Festivals, the racecourse he still considers to be the best in Britain, five Grand Nationals and some of the biggest events in racing, including the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket The Oaks at Epsom and the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, is this sports fan going to call it a day and put his feet up?
No, he’s started to follow North Ferriby United’s rise.