CARTMEL racecourse beat the big boys by winning a major award at the Racecourse Association's 2014 Showcase Awards.

The internationally-renowned course won the Corporate Social Responsibility Category for the work they do within the local community.

Cartmel Racecourse is home to the village football and cricket teams, the local scout group and Cartmel Agricultural Show.

The course is also used as a base for school activities.

RCA Chairman, Ian Barlow, said: “Cartmel had the distinction of being a Finalist in three categories at this year’s Showcase Awards - only Ascot also achieved this. I am delighted that they were the winners of the Corporate and Social Responsibility Award."