And they’re off! The 9th annual EN Race Day returns to Sandown Park with a new date - Friday 13th September. The event offers attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers in a relaxed atmosphere following the morning’s lively and educational debate by a panel of industry experts. Plus the chance to maybe win a few bob on the horses!

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Sponsors and Partners



There are more ways than ever for events businesses to offset their negative impact on the world around them, through community engagement, ethical and sustainable materials and practices, charitable work, reducing waste and more. Join us at the EN Race Day as we discuss how organisers, suppliers and venues can come together to create a more sustainable exhibition industry, without breaking the bank.




John Kelly

John Kelly

Marketing Director , BCD M&E

I'm many things; Marketing Director for BCD M&E in EMEA, a dad, husband, cyclist, diver, skier and a bit of an eco-activist too (but definitely not a tree-hugger). I am utterly passionate about what we're doing to the planet and how we can all make a difference, especially within the M&E world. In 2018 I helped publish our Green White Paper which aimed to provide a road map to more sustainable meetings and events, the paper has created a bit of a movement to make a difference and I am utterly motivated about how we can all do this together, I genuinely believe that little steps can lead to big things.


Martin Cairns

Martin Cairns

Commercial Director, Reeds Carpets

Martin Cairns has worked in the Events & Exhibition industry for almost 30 years, holding the position of Commercial Director since 1999 at Europe’s largest and leading event floor-covering contractor, Reeds Carpets. Martin is also an active director of ESSA (Event Supplier & Services Association) and the EIA (Event Industry Alliance). He has been on the ESSA board for over 10 years and proudly sits as the current Chairman for the duration of 2019 & 2020.

Mike Seaman

Mike Seaman

Managing Director, Raccoon Events

Mike has worked in the exhibitions industry for 16 years, including tenures at VMG, UBM, Centaur, Closer Still Media and Clarion Events. In this time Mike has managed multiple events both locally and internationally from awards and conferences, through to large scale exhibitions. Mike is currently the CEO of Raccoon Events - an exhibition organiser focussed on health and wellbeing markets, including events such as the National Running Show.

Mike Seaman

Linda Ritchie

Venue General Manager, NEC

Linda has been with the NEC for 19 years. Starting her career with the venue in April 2000 as an Event Manager and then a Senior Event Manager. In March 2003 she became the Event Director, working with high profile clients such as ITE, MCIE, NCC and Haymarket before taking on the position of Venue General Manager in 2016. In role, Linda focuses on venue investment, maximising capacity and working closely with the Exhibition Sales team. She also leads the NEC’s Customer Experience Programme, whilst continuing to lead the Event Management and all operational teams in delivering successful events. Linda drives co-ordination and greater team working across the venue, which has proved vital as the venue has becomes more successful. Now welcoming 2.4million visitors annually and 39,000 exhibiting companies, the NEC is the UK’s leading events venue.

Martin Hurn

Martin Hurn

Managing Director, Futurebuild Events Ltd

Martin Hurn is the Managing Director of Futurebuild Events Ltd, the independent events company behind the leading built environment event Futurebuild (formerly known as ecobuild). His career has always been rooted in this industry. Initially, working in classified sales with UBM’s media brands (including Building, BD and RIBA Journal) he then progressed through the company in various roles to Brand Director of ecobuild. He continues to strive to connect the industry and offer campaigns and platforms that not only deliver results but make a difference too. Martin’s passion for the built environment and sustainability comes from the recognition that everything that is designed, built and operated has a huge effect on each and every one of us. Through Futurebuild, Martin is able to showcase what he is passionate about; the sustainable construction techniques which will positively affect future generations and increase the quality of our home, work and leisure experiences.



Welcome refreshments and registration




Drinks Reception


Lunch, networking and tipster


First race


Last Race


Event concludes


Sandown Park is in a picturesque parkland setting in the town of Esher, Surrey, with superb travel links. Located within the M25 it is only 25 minutes by train from London Waterloo or 15 miles from south west London.

How to get there

Travelling by road

From London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park. Alternatively, from the M25, exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London then exit onto the A307 and follow the brown venue signs. If using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Portsmouth Road' rather than the Sandown Park postcode - this will bring you to our main car park which is just off the A307 (Esher High Street) and is directly in front of the main entrance.

Parking on a raceday

Parking is free in the centre of the racecourse, which you can reach from the More Lane entrance. Alternatively, for £6 you can park in the main car park off the Portsmouth Road. Coach parking is free - just follow the Sandown Park signposts on all approach routes and park in the area off the Portsmouth Road. There are allocated disabled parking spaces in the main Portsmouth Road car park, which is free of charge to all blue badge holders. The parking is very close to the main entrance and the grandstand.

Travelling by rail

Esher rail station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the main entrance and can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays. We also provide a complimentary minibus on all racedays from the station to the Main Grandstand Foyer entrance (and ticket collection point) for our customers arriving by train. On a non-raceday, visitors should turn left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T- junction to join the A307 Portsmouth Road. The entrance to Sandown Park is on the right hand side. Alternatively there is a taxi rank at the station.