Richmondshire women to compete in York charity horserace

Two Richmondshire women will compete in a charity horserace later this year to raise money to help in the fight against cancer.

Jessica Todd, 25, from Forcett, and Kate Poulter, 22, from Bishopdale, will join ten other riders in the “ride of their lives” race at York on June 15 on the 49th annual Macmillan charity raceday.

Also taking part is Downton Abbey actor Patrick Kennedy who has signed up to ride in a charity race in memory of his father.

Each rider has pledged to raise at least £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and can expect to race in front of more than 25,000 people.

Jessica Todd.

Jessica said: “The main reason for me doing the race is that we never know when our lives will be affected by cancer.

“I sadly lost both my nanna and my aunty at a young age.

“My grandfather loves racing, and my brother Charlie is a jockey.

“He is always asking me when I am going to get my license out.

“When I decided to apply, we decided not to tell him. When I got the good news that I had a place, he was the first person I told.

Kate Poulter.

“I have been riding since the age of 12, and race riding is slightly different to eventing, but I am determined to give it my best shot.”

Kate added: “I am sure most people have lost a family member, friend, or known someone who has lost their life to cancer.

“I myself have lost my mum’s sister, Aunty Kathy, in 2012 who had leiomyosarcma, and also her best friend Heather Clark to ovarian cancer, just last year.

“I am so proud and pleased to have been selected to ride in this race.

“Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help the work of this amazing charity.”

Kate has organised a coffee morning at Street Head on February 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and also a pie and pea quiz night at the pub on the February 22 (8pm start for food, 9pm for the quiz).

To sponsor Jessica click here and to sponsor Kate click here.