Panellists revealed for the Roar Festival Sporting Heroes event
Olympian Goldie Sayers will join stars of the motor racing world, Mark Blundell and Steve Parrish, and football legend Roy McFarland on the Cambridge Roar Festival Sporting Heroes Panel on 14 September at the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa.
Former British javelin thrower, Goldie Sayers was born in Newmarket, Suffolk. On 20 May 2007, Sayers set a new British record in the javelin at 65.05 metres, thus becoming the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999.
Mark Blundell is a British racing driver who competed in Formula One for four seasons, sports cars, and CART. Mark also won the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans and was a Formula One presenter for the British broadcaster ITV until the end of the 2008 season.
Former motorcycle and truck racer who now commentates on motorsport for various British media channels, Steve Parrish is a self-pronounced practical joker so is guaranteed to provide some fantastic entertainment.
Born in Liverpool, Roy McFarland was a player for Tranmere Rovers, Derby County and Bradford City, and also represented England at full international level. Roy managed Cambridge United for two years, gaining promotion to the second division.
The star panel is part of an evening that consists of fine dining and a series of auctions, aiming to raise money for three local charities, the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Cambridge United Community Trust.
The host for the evening is Chris Mann, BBC Cambridgeshire Drivetime presenter and Roar Festival Non-Executive Director.
Speaking ahead of the event, Chris said: “I am delighted to welcome four big names who all have Cambridgeshire connections to our sporting heroes panel this year. They have all competed at the top level in their sports and are big characters too with plenty of great stories to tell.
“Local girl Goldie Sayers has battled against the drug cheats in the javelin discipline all her career and after rivals failed tests she is still waiting for her Olympic medal to be presented to her.
“Roy McFarland is a legend in football – he was capped for England and won two league titles as a player. As a manager, he won three promotions including during his five-year spell in charge at Cambridge United.
“Steve Parrish grew up in Cambridgeshire and was a champion on two wheels – on a motorbike – and on eight, as a truck racer. Best mates with the inimitable Barry Sheene, he was part of the wild bunch who lived live in the fast lane in the 70’s and 80’s. He survived to tell the inside story!
“Another local boy, Mark Blundell has won one of motor sport’s blue ribbon events, the Le Mans 24 hour race, and raced in Formula One for four seasons with major teams like McLaren and Brabham. He also raced in sports cars and in the US with CART. He then went on to have a television career including ITV coverage of F1.
“With these four characters, it promises to be a fabulously entertaining evening. I can’t wait!”
Following a three-course dinner, Chris will interview the panel of Sporting Heroes, allowing guests a glimpse into the inner-world of professional sports, as well as first-hand accounts of their time in the industry and those inevitable insider anecdotes.
A silent auction will run throughout the evening with the chance to win an array of amazing prizes.
Commenting on this year’s panel, Tony Murdock, Founder and Chairman of the Roar Festival said: “It is a great honour that these four big names from the sporting world have agreed to be a part of the Sporting Heroes panel. We’re really looking forward to a packed evening of entertainment and welcoming everyone who attends. I can promise it’s going to be one of our best events yet!”
The Cambridge Roar Festival, now in its fourth year, raises money for local charities by staging several high-profile events within the grounds of the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa at Stow Cum Quy. The Sporting Heroes dinner is one of 12 events taking place between 17 June and 30 September 2017.
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