Meet the riders

Debra Boyes

Debra Boyes

Aged 35, from Pickering

Events and runs livery yard. Lost a very good friend to cancer at the beginning of the year, and wants to ride in her memory. Has run the ‘Race for Life’ around the racecourse, and has always wanted to ride it. Donation target; £4k. Horse from Karen Tutty.

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Siobhan Carey

Siobhan Carey

Aged 34, from Chalfont St Giles, Bucks.

Manages the ‘Carey Foundation’, a family charity founded by the Carey Group, a construction firm in the UK and Ireland, and donates circa £200k to charities each year. Raised £10k by climbing Kilimanjaro in 2014. Plays polo. Father in-law had cancer and experienced help from Macmillan. Donation target; £10k. Horse from Martin and Sarah Bosley.

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Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr

Aged 39 from Stillington, York

Racehorse trainer! Wants to raise money for Macmillan. Donation target; more than £3k. Horse; Dubai Dynamo (if still rated under 80!).

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Steve Charlton

Steve Charlton

Aged 61, from Bishop Auckland

Ex NH jockey riding 145 winners. Now jockey’s valet. Diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys in 2011. Received great help from Macmillan. Wants to give something back. Donation target; In excess of £5k. Horse from Gordon Elliot.

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Owen Dukes

Owen Dukes

Aged 48, from Acklam, Malton.

Director of a software company based in York. Has ridden and trained point to pointers. Assistant to Tim Fitzgerald and manages syndicates. Father in-law died of cancer. Donation target; £5k. Riding one of own horses.

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Julie Kelshaw

Julie Kelshaw

Aged 48, from Harrogate

Visitor volunteer at St Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate. Rode as a child, and lifelong leisure rider. Has been riding out for Patrick Holmes twice a week since early September. Diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer two years ago, and had assistance from Macmillan. Wants to give something back. Donation target; more than £3k. Horse from Foulrice Park Racing (Colin Stirling sent supporting letter).

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Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Aged 44, from Brompton by Sawdon, Scarborough.

Community nurse in paliative care. Rides out for Lucy Edgerton. Has raised £10k for charity over last two years. Donation target; £4k; Horse from Lucinda Edgerton.

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Marcia Sanderson

Marcia Sanderson

Aged 47, from Ripon.

Hair Salon proprietor and stylist. Wife of James Sanderson. Ridden since a child. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Inspired by previous charity riders. Donation target; £5k. Horse tbc.

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Christine Swiers

Christine Swiers

Aged 53, from Helperby, York

Rode to Intermediate level eventing, and stills competes. Wife of ex-Yorkshire Champion Point-to-Point rider, Stephen Swiers. Ran the Yorkshire Marathon in 3hr 30mins for Charity this year. Wants to raise money for Macmillan. Donation target; £3k. Horse from Tim Easterby.

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Marty Mulhall

Martina Mulhall

Age 44, from Leeds

Runs Scarcroft Hall Liveries in Leeds. Everyone at some stage in their life will know someone who has cancer and will benefit from the fantastic support of Macmillan. Wants to raise money in memory of father in law, Joe and for family and friends and relatives currently fighting the disease.

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Susanne Martin

Susanne Martin (Withdrew from race but still fundraising)

Aged 41, from York.

IT Consultant. Experienced rider, and rides out. Shares in two horses with Kevin Ryan. Lost a very good friend to cancer four years ago. Donation target; £6k. Horse to be confirmed.

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Jules Brown

Jules Brown (Withdrew from race but still fundraising)

Age not stated (late 50’s!) , from Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire

Racecourse physio. Rides every day. Captained England and GB sides at hockey and cricket, ardent racing fan. Lost mother to cancer at early age. Donation target ; £10k. Horse from Trevor Hemmings.

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Keith Oakes

Keith Oakes (Withdrew from race but still fundraising)

Aged 51, from Appleby in Westmoreland, Cumbria.

Bookmaker at Bellevue Greyhound Stadium. This is his 3rd application to ride the course. He rides out five days a week for Mr Kenneth Slack (brother of Dianne). His partner works on a cancer ward. Donation target; above £5k. Horse from Kenneth Slack.

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