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Heavy rain scuppers big charity dog walk
1:37pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
ORGANISERS of a fundraising day on Sunday have been forced to cancel the event due to the recent wet weather.
The day, organised jointly by Castle Howard Arboretum Trust and Ryedale Special Families, was to include a number of long and short sponsored dog walks.
Also planned was the opportunity to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt for the most number of dogs attending a music concert with Ryedale-based trio J2Ali’s performing live. However, after the heavy rain this week, organisers have taken the decision to cancel the event.
Rob Davies, funding co-ordinator for Ryedale Special Families, said: “Unfortunatly the car park is unpassable – even with a tractor – and it just wouldn’t be pleasant for people and their dogs walking when the ground is so wet.
“Even if we had a few days of sunshine it just isn’t going to dry out enough for the weekend so, sadly, we have taken the decision to postpone the event.”
Rob said he had visited the arboretum last Friday and found the ground to be extremely damp.
“This was before we had all the rain and there is not a lot we can do about the weather,” he added.
“It would have been pretty miserable on Sunday if it had gone ahead for the walkers and their dogs.”
Rob said the event would now be held next spring.
“We think we would be unwise holding it this year now with winter on the way, so we will postpone the ‘Walkies in the Wood’ until next year and hope people will come and support the event then,” he added.