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Ryedale Run will not go ahead this year
AN annual event which has raised thousands of pounds for Malton Hospital will not go ahead this year.
Sylvia Milson, organiser of the Ryedale Run for 11 years, has decided to pull the event after additional help failed to materialise.
The 10-mile run, normally held two weeks before the Great North Run in September, has raised about £1,000 each year for the hospital’s League of Friends.
Sylvia said she has appealed for people to come forward and assist in the organisation for a couple of years.
“It is a really good event which people enjoy taking part in but I’ve organised it for the last 11 years and the time has come to step aside,” she said.
“If someone else is prepared to come forward to organise the run for next year, then I will help them – but I am not doing it by myself anymore.”
Sylvia said competitors from all over the country as well as abroad had taken part in previous runs which usually started at Eden Camp and finished in Malton.
“We have always had a lot of support from runners taking part as well as local businesses,” she said.
“This year I’ve had to let the clubs and all those who have already entered know that it will not be going ahead.”
Sylvia said she had first organised the Ryedale Run after she found she could not get a place in the Great North Run.
“Someone said why didn’t I organise my own, so I did,” she said.
“Funnily enough, I did manage to take part in the Great North Run a couple of times but I’ve never done the Ryedale Run.”
Sylvia said that what was needed was a small committee who could take on responsibility for running the event.
“Everything is in place for anyone who wanted to organise it; all they need is the time and commitment to do it,” she said.
“I am more than happy to offer advice and help for next year, but sadly, for the first time in over a decade, there will not be a Ryedale Run this year.”
Jezz Kipling, chairman of Malton Hospital’s League of Friends, said it was a great shame the Ryedale Run had been cancelled.
“The event always has a lot of support and people enjoy taking part in it for such a good cause,” he said. “Over the years it has raised a lot of money for the services at Malton Hospital.”
Jezz said they hoped that someone could be found who could at least organise the run every other year.
“The League of Friends values the support of all those involved in the Ryedale Run over the years,” he said. “We really hope that someone takes over the running of the event which has done so much to support Malton Hospital and provide essential equipment.”
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