National Trail celebrates 50th anniversary with new wheels, thanks to support from ultrarunners
Support from the Hardmoors Race Series has allowed Cleveland Way Managers to purchase a brand new vehicle to help maintain one of the nation’s favourite National Trails.
Organised by ultrarunning enthusiasts Jon and Shirley Steele, the Hardmoors Race Series encompasses more than 20 different events and challenges, including the iconic 110-mile race of the full Cleveland Way National Trail. For the last three years, the Series has donated £1 per race entry to support maintenance and management of the Cleveland Way, and this has now allowed for the purchase of the brand new vehicle for the Trail’s Maintenance Ranger, Andrew Carter.
Malcolm Hodgson, the National Trail Officer for the Cleveland Way, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to have the support of the Hardmoors Race Series, and the fact we’ve been able to purchase this much-needed vehicle just in time for our 50th anniversary celebrations in May, really tops off what’s already a very exciting start to the year.”
The Cleveland Way, which stretches from Helmsley to Saltburn, then back down the coast to Filey, became only the second National Trail in Britain when it was launched on 24 May, 1969. It now provides both adventure and serenity to thousands of visitors every year, meaning the upkeep of its paths, bridges and gateways requires considerable input from both the Trail’s dedicated Rangers and the volunteers and apprentices working with the North York Moors National Park.
Malcolm Hodgson continues: “The new vehicle will help ensure we keep the Trail in top condition, which in turn benefits the ultrarunners who helped fund it, so we’re all winners.”
Jon Steele says: “We are delighted we’ve been able to help the Cleveland Way with the purchase of this new vehicle. Most visitors probably don’t give the maintenance of National Trails much thought, but you soon notice if sections start to get boggy or damaged, so it’s essential for all of us that they are properly looked after and the paths regularly checked.
“The North York Moors provides a stunning backdrop for our runs and it’s great to be able to give something back to the National Park and to others who enjoy the Trail as much as we do.”
For more information on Cleveland Way National Trail and the events being help to celebrate its 50th anniversary, please visit http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cleveland-way. To find out about Hardmoors Race Series, visit http://www.hardmoors110.org.uk
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
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