25 pictures from Macmillan Charity Raceday in York, when everybody was a winner

Ruth and her supporters have contributed almost £35K
12 Jun 2016 @ 5.53 pm
| Charity, Sport
Three people and two horses. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Three people and two horses. Photograph: Melissa Connolly

York racegoers helped to raise a record sum of at least £450,000 at the 46th Macmillan Charity Raceday on Saturday (June 11).

That takes the total raised since 1971 to more than £7 million.

Nearly 27,000 people flocked to the Knavesmire for a day of racing and fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event is the biggest single fundraising event in the Macmillan calendar.

Sporting action on Macmillan Charity Raceday. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Sporting action on Macmillan Charity Raceday. Photograph: Melissa Connolly

Following a card of seven races with experienced jockeys, it was the turn of ten members of the public to race. The amateur riders have trained for months to prepare for the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives.

The riders, eight of which are from Yorkshire, all raised money for Macmillan to take part, smashing last year’s fundraising record total of donations in the process.

Ruth Carr hits the front on Dubai Dynamo in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Ruth Carr hits the front on Dubai Dynamo in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Racegoers hoping to bag a winner. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Racegoers hoping to bag a winner. Photograph: Melissa Connolly

The class of 2016 raised approaching £150,000, with further promises expected to take them through that threshold.

In a race with no losers, the first past the post was Ruth Carr aboard Dubai Dynamo, a horse she trains herself from her racing yard at Stillington, near York.

Before the turn of the millennium Ruth, 39, was well known on the Lady Amateur circuit but by her admission it was a huge challenge to get herself back fit enough to ride the Knavesmire.

A happy day. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
A happy day. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Aneedh and Marty Mulhall stay on in second
Aneedh and Marty Mulhall stay on in second

To the great credit of Ruth and her supporters, they have already contributed approaching £35,000 and further donations to the justgiving pages of Ruth and the other nine riders will swell this total.

The day also included charity auctions, with lots including exclusive holidays and sporting memorabilia, while 23,000 raffle tickets were sold over the two days for a range of prizes including £500 cash. More than 100 Macmillan volunteers helped collect donations from generous racegoers.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

Thank you to everyone who has supported Macmillan Charity Raceday and made it such a success.

This is the biggest single fundraising event in our calendar, so plays a big part in funding Macmillan services, which are there to ensure that people get the best quality care and support throughout their cancer journey.

Ruth Carr and Dubai Dynamo return to the Winner's Enclosure. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Ruth Carr and Dubai Dynamo return to the Winner’s Enclosure. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Ruth and her supporters have contributed almost £35K
Ruth and her supporters have contributed almost £35K
A victorious Ruth on Dubai Dynamo. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
A victorious Ruth on Dubai Dynamo. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
The happy ten riders in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives celebrate on the podium. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
The happy ten riders in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives celebrate on the podium. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Winning smiles. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Winning smiles. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Friends and family celebrate with Ruth Carr. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Friends and family celebrate with Ruth Carr. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Andrew Denton of Best Western Hotels makes the fromal presentation to Ruth Carr. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Andrew Denton of Best Western Hotels makes the fromal presentation to Ruth Carr. Photograph: Jeremy Phillips
Another pic of Andrew and the presentation
Another pic of Andrew and the presentation
On the podium. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
On the podium. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
The amateur riders trained for months to prepare for the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
The amateur riders trained for months to prepare for the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Filling the buckets. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Filling the buckets. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
The fundraising team in action. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
The fundraising team in action. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Willing a winner. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Willing a winner. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
A rest between races. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
A rest between races. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
People gave generously. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
People gave generously. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Heading to meet racegoers. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Heading to meet racegoers. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Macmillan's HQ at York Racecourse. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Macmillan’s HQ at York Racecourse. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Buckets ready to fill. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Buckets ready to fill. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Racing for a good cause. Photograph: Melissa Connolly
Racing for a good cause. Photograph: Melissa Connolly