A rider from Cumbria will compete in the Macmillan Horse Race at York Racecourse

Amateur rider Morgan Prescott and racehorse owner James Callow

An amateur rider from Cumbria has been chosen to take part in a prestigious charity horse race at York Racecourse.

Morgan Prescott, 27, from Temple Sowerby near Penrith, will join 11 other amateur riders from across the UK on June 11 for the Macmillan Ride of Their Lives horse race, which will see members of the public complete six months intense jockey training and fundraising before racing thoroughbred horses on York’s iconic course.

Now in its tenth year, each jockey has pledged to raise at least £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, since the first race in 2012 former riders have raised over £1.2million for people with cancer .

Morgan, an account manager at insurance broker Weatherbys Hamilton, has been riding horses for about 25 years and previously worked for famed racehorse trainer Mark Johnston.

She said: “I am delighted to have been selected for the Ride of Their Lives charity race, which is a fantastic event. I’ve been around horses all my life and still ride as much as I can, so this will be a great opportunity to take part in an amateur race in front of a crowd at York Racecourse, which will be a once in a lifetime experience. .

“I am motivated to participate as some of my closest friends have had relatives who were diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away from the disease, and I know this can have a huge impact on the whole family. I also heard about the fantastic practical, emotional and financial support they received from Macmillan when they needed it most.

“I’m really excited, as well as a little worried, about the challenge ahead. I hope this entry will not only rekindle my love of horse racing, but more importantly raise vital funds for such a worthy cause to support as many people living with cancer as possible.

Morgan and the 11 other amateur runners selected to participate can expect to race in front of around 25,000 people in June, they are George Atkinson, Bella Brown, Samantha Brown, Morgan Faye Prescott, Lucy Horan, Jane Horner, Kerry Humphries , Shay McDonnell , Wendy Normile, Issy Saxby and Carolyn Woods.

William Derby, Managing Director of York Racecourse, said: “Ten years ago we could not have predicted that the Ride of Their Lives amateur race would become one of the most successful charity horse races in the UK. -United.

“Congratulations to the twelve intrepid riders selected to participate this year, we wish them the best of luck and hope they enjoy every minute of this unique opportunity.

“York Racecourse is incredibly proud of our longstanding partnership with Macmillan. Thanks to the tremendous support of individuals and organisations, we raised a remarkable £300,000 in 2021, half of which was raised by the charity run.

“We are looking forward to Macmillan Charity Raceday on June 11, which is the biggest charity race day in British racing and traditionally Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. Just by attending and supporting these runners and taking advantage of the larger race day, people are helping to raise funds for those living with cancer.

The Macmillan Charity Raceday in York is the oldest charity race day in the country, 2022 marks over 50 years of this iconic partnership, in which over £9million has been raised for people with cancer. The Macmillan ‘Ride of Their Lives’ race will be the last race of the day at Macmillan’s Charity Raceday on June 11.

Megan Hayman Tansley, Head of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It takes real dedication, courage and perseverance to step forward for this challenge and at Macmillan we so appreciate these twelve amazing people. , we wish them the best of luck.

“Macmillan Cancer Support receives no government funding and relies almost entirely on donations – we simply couldn’t help the growing number of people who need us without the support and generosity of runners and their supporters.”

For more information and to book tickets, visit the York Racecourse website.

You can support all twelve runners by donating to their JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/macmillanraceday2022

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Earnest L. Veasey