PREPARATIONS are underway for an annual run which has raised thousands of pounds for a village school.

The Castle Howard Trail Race, which is now in it's eighth year, attracts hundreds of runners from across the country.

Over the years it has raised around £25,000 for Welburn Primary School which has been used to buy resources for the pupils as well as subsidising trips and activities.

Starting and finishing on the North Lawn at Castle Howard, the event includes a 10km, 6km and 1km kid’s dash.

The 10km route takes in two laps of the grounds surrounding the house, offering a variety of farm tracks, woods before crossing an 18th century bridge and climb to the Temple of the Four Winds.

This year Pickering Running Club will be offering their support to the event, which promises a fun day of racing with fabulous prizes on offer.

Race Director Richard Hudson said runners of all abilities would enjoy fantastic views and a great family day out.

“It’s fantastic to have an event that appeals to runners of all levels and ages and to be supporting a worthy, local cause in the process," he added.

“We’re sure that those who are new to the event will be impressed with the stunning location of Castle Howard and we look forward to welcoming back a bigger and better event in 2014.”

The event, on Sunday, June 15, will start with the 6km Trail Race at 10am, open to all over 13 years, followed by the 1km Children’s Dash at 10.05am (no minimum age) and the 10km Trail Race at 11.15am for 16 years plus.

Entries will cost £12 (£10 UKA member) for the 10km, £10 (£8) for the 6km and children’s 1k £3m (entry only on the day).

The entry price includes all day access to the grounds of Castle Howard including the adventure play park.

For more information contact race secretary Rachael Dunbar on 07805 617 586 or visit Go to