TEAMS of women from across Ryedale got dirty in the name of charity at the weekend.

Cancer Research UK held its Race for Life Pretty Muddy event in York on Saturday, which is expected to raise about £150,000 for the charity.

Those taking part included a team of seven from Ray Chapman Motors in Malton.

Debbie Flint, one of the team members, said: “We raised more than £1,500 and all had a great time.

“I lost my dad to cancer and another of our team lost his best friend too.

“No amount can bring people back, but every little can help stop the heartaches this causes.”

Friends Josephine Peirson, 28, from Butterwick, and Fern Griffiths, 32, from Malton, also took part in the event.

Josephine said: “I lost my mum to cancer in 2012, my auntie is recovering from breast cancer and my grandad also has cancer. We wanted to raise as much funds as we can for the research they need to help cure cancer as you never know you may need their services one day, whether it be yourself or a family member.

“It was brilliant to complete all the obstacles and get covered in mud in for a great cause too. The atmosphere with every one was brilliant from the warm up before the race to completing the race and a sprint over the finish line with a good friend.”

Josephine has also organised a raffle. For tickets, email or phone 07975787864.

She said: “I’d like to personally thank Great Yorkshire Radio and ChanceGraphics for sponsoring our t-shirts for the event.

“Also to Andrew Seagust car garage, Malton Cinema, Dalby Forest, Kemps in Malton and Brass Castle Brewery and all other local businesses that have donated raffle prizes to us the list is endless.”

A team of 10 Inntravel colleagues also took part in the 5k.

Lauren Thackray Puente, from the company, which is based near Castle Howard, said: “We had ladies from across the company including our accounts team, holiday operations, marketing, sales, customer services and holiday feedback teams all taking part.

“We all had our own individual Just Giving pages, but we also held a general sponsorship form in the office.

“Inntravel kindly kick-started the funds with £100 sponsorship.”

Lauren added: “We held a cake sale in the office; lots of people baked and brought in homemade goodies to share.

“It was a good way to get people through a Friday afternoon in the office We also sold a picture quiz in the office to add to the funds.

“Team Inntravel – The slow holiday people - made it round the very wet and muddy course on Saturday, and all of us agreed, we’d do it again

“We’ve raised more than £2,300 in total and would like to thank every single person who delved into their pockets to sponsor and support us.”