Students at Crumlin Integrated College were the first in the UK to get to see the 2017 Randox Health Grand National trophy, when the new sponsor took it on a schools tour.
A visit to Crumlin Integrated College in the town where the global diagnostics company is based kicked off the tour, which marks the first time in the history of the race that the Grand National trophy has visited Northern Ireland.
The trophy was unveiled last week by Sir Anthony McCoy and Randox Founder and Managing Director, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, at the Randox Health Grand National Weights Evening Reception.
Dr. Peter FitzGerald, Founder and Managing Director of Randox Health, commented; “We are very proud of our roots and the support of people in Northern Ireland has played a significant part in our global success. This is an opportunity to share the excitement of the build-up of the Randox Health Grand National with children here, and also importantly to help spread the message of preventive health.”
Lynda McGarry, Principal of Crumlin Integrated College, welcomed the tour and the visit to the Crumlin school, which also hosted St Joseph’s, Crumlin Integrated Primary School and Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach. “We are absolutely thrilled that the children of each of our schools in Crumlin were able to see the Randox Health Grand National Trophy up close and personal,” she said. “Horse racing is such a popular sport in Northern Ireland and so many of our pupils watch the Grand National at home with their families. To be able to share in the excitement leading up to the race is a fantastic opportunity for them and they are all looking forward to watching the race in April and finding out who will win the trophy that visited our school. We’re grateful to Randox for providing our pupils with such a special experience that they will remember for a very long time.”