Time Out: James Sanderson, Thirsk Racecourse

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Thirsk Racecourse

The weekend is back again and that means some more quick fire questions. This week’s edition of ‘Time Out’ features James Sanderson, Racecourse Manager at Thirsk Racecourse, who in another life might have been an actor.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

Weekends can be very busy at racecourses. We have a fair few Saturday race fixtures at Thirsk in which case the weekend will generally start with a 6am phone call to the Thirsk Racecourse’s Head Groundsman for an update on the overnight weather conditions at the track. When we are not racing there are often other events, inside and out.

What is your hobby?

We keep horses at home and I enjoy riding, especially with my daughter Jemima. In fair weather I sometimes don the lycra and head out on my bike (apologies to those who know me for that image). For the past 5 years I have acted in various plays at the Edinburgh Fringe, alongside my son Hugh.

What is your favourite movie?

The Great Escape. A brilliant movie, based on a true story, with a star-studded cast and Steve McQueen at his absolute coolest.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

I’d probably be an out-of-work actor, masquerading as a chef to make ends meet!

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Understanding women – I don’t think I need to elaborate!

What is your favourite genre of music?

Anything – just play it loud, okay!

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

The year 2118. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see how the world will change over the next 100 years?