Becky steps up to the saddle

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A Scarborough woman who attended last year’s Macmillan charity race day is now training hard to take part in the event herself.

Becky Robinson, of Brompton-by-Sawdon, was among the 20,000 visitors at the charity race, Ride of their Lives, last year at York Racecourse.

Now, the 44-year-old mum is training hard and will race in the largest and oldest charity race day in the world.

Along with 11 amateur riders, she faces months of intense training before riding fully-fledged thoroughbred racehorses in front of a bumper crowd expected to be in excess of 25,000 on Saturday June 11.

On top of that, all have pledged to raise at least £2,500 each for Macmillan. But Becky wants to go one step further and hopes to raise £10,000 for the worthwhile cause.

So far she has already raised more than £6,000 on her Just Giving page and has big events coming up in the hope of raising even more cash.

Her main event will be a “Full Monty Night” which is taking place at Winteringham Village Hall on Saturday May 15.

Getting into horse racing around 12 years ago, she had never sat on a racehorse until she began training to take part.

Becky has been training six mornings a week in the gruelling and intense programme to make sure she is racing fit in time for the big day.

Becky said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I’m really excited. It’s been one of the most humbling experiences. The support of family and friends has been amazing.”

She is training at with Lucy Egerton, a racehorse trainer at Birdsall, near Malton.

She said: “I am especially grateful to Team L. Egerton Racing for trusting me enough to put me in the saddle.

“We’ve had some nasty falls. It’s really, really scary.

“But when you feel run down and your body hurts so much, you think what you’re doing it for and you just get back up.

“I feel very privileged to get this opportunity - it’s a dream.”

To donate to Becky’s just giving page see https://www.justgiving.com/Becky-Robinson7