Norahmac Racing Club & Kennels

Professional Greyhound Trainer, Racing Kennel & Owners Club

Norah McEllistrim has an Owners Club as well as Syndicate and Individual ownership opportunities based at her purpose-built kennels in Hersham, Surrey.

Share her love of  greyhound racing and experience an exhilarating sport, involving the most amazing animals.

FUN, FAME and FORTUNE?

The fun comes from ownership in high class greyhounds, racing throughout the year around the South East of England. As well as following the progress of any pups from litters bred especially for Norah and her owners through her connections in Ireland.

Hove graders in action

The kennel’s aim is to have Open class greyhounds as well as be ‘number one’ when competing in graded races at Coral Hove stadium. The Nevill Road venue is top class, racing five days a week at all levels of competition. A fantastic place to enjoy all the sport has to offer.

Our premier runners  will race at the highest levels throughout England.

The kennel, contracted to Hove, will have around thirty or so runners weekly at the track mostly on their BAGS graded racing schedule. So, subject to their fitness, owners can look forward to plenty of kennel and Club action  most weeks of the year. Norah often has Open Race runners too, competing in one-off Opens and the major competitions throughout the year.

Click the track names to check out our principal racing venues;  HoveRomfordWimbledonSittingbourne.

If you can’t make the live action at the track then most races can be viewed on the internet via the Coral website or 24dogs streaming (conditions apply). And Hove races are broadcast in nearly all the Coral betting shops.

But, of course, if you’re not at the track you will miss out on the thrill of cheering your dog home, collecting the trophy when we win and having your photo taken on the winner’s podium!

Burhill kennels, Hersham, are located five minutes from the M25 (junction 10)  easily accessible from virtually all of the South East of England. They are also accessible via the A3, from London.

All the fun of the fair with the Norahmac club

Norah McEllistrim, and her team, are famed within greyhound circles for their gracious and warm hospitality. Owners generally get together with their dogs to go out walking on Sunday mornings. Norah and the staff are on hand to give the latest news on the welfare of the dogs and plans for the week ahead.

Norahmac owners can also visit throughout the week by prior arrangement.  The hounds are (generally) child friendly and it’s a great family outing to visit the kennels and meet the dogs in the comfort of their own home.

Norah’s neighbours are the Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare (WGW) kennels.  They, too, welcome visits and offer retired hounds for walks. Norahmac owners are warmly invited to join in the regular events held in aid of the retired hounds.

So whether its trackside, kennel-side or social-side, there’s rarely a dull week for Norahmac owners.

Ballymac Marine, wins Romford Puppy Cup on Sky TV

Ballymac Marine wins Romford Puppy Cup on Sky TV

The fame comes as we proudly tell friends and family about our successes.

It’s always a good talking point and gives an extra bit of kudos in showing off a winner’s trophy,  a video or even the hounds themselves, to the interested and curious.

Of course all this develops when Norahmac runners  feature on Sky Sports greyhound coverage and  the Racing Post Greyhound Racing Channel, 212.

It’s an aspiration of all greyhound racing owners to  receive a trophy in front of the Sky cameras.

Legendary layer Chas Miller at Hove

The fortune! Ah, time for a reality check, I’m afraid.

Please don’t expect to make an overall profit through greyhound ownership.

The prize money won throughout your greyhound’s career will offset some of the costs but don’t expect a profit unless you are one of the lucky few.

Before taking the plunge please be aware of vet bills and retirement and rehoming costs. Full details can be found via the GBGB website or chatting to Norah.

Hove bookie Steve Joel, handing over the wedge but still smiling!

The Owners Club has the benefit of several veteran punters who can, at least, suggest possible opportunities in the never ending battle against the ‘old enemy’ as and when they may arise.

Following your own hound, and the kennel in general, focuses the mind as to when an extra ‘edge’ may be realized.

It’s a strong and friendly betting ring at Hove Stadium; benefiting from the presence of legendary layer Chas Miller, who’s always ready, willing and able to take a decent wager and profer a friendly quip.

Steve and Sheila Joel have close connections to the track as layers and Sheila’s connection to the Brighton Greyhound Owner’s Association (BGOA) – which is well worth joining.

It wouldn’t be fair to leave out Brian, who updates the Norahmac Results Board for the Nevill Road patrons, and Steve who complete’s the ring line-up.

All in all, it’s best to expect greyhound ownership to provide plenty of fun, a little fame and not much fortune!