The inaugural 10k Rudding ParkRace Raising over £4,000 for the Queen's Green Canopy
We held our first Rudding ParkRace – a 10K multi-terrain trail race on Tuesday 10 May 2022. Over 300 participants ran a route created specifically for the event amongst our 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland and raised £4,015 for the Queen’s Green Canopy – an initiative to encourage people to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.
Olympian and ‘Friend of Rudding Park’ Jonny Brownlee set the runners off at the start line and first to finish was Nathan Edmonson from Ilkley Harriers in 34mins 25 secs. The fastest lady was Charlotte Mason from City of York AC with a time of 41mins 29 secs. Following the race, participants and spectators enjoyed drinks and a hog roast in the fan zone by the finish line at Rudding House, with its views over the Vale of York.
Rudding Park employees were also encouraged to participate as part of their Employee Engagement Wellbeing initiative. The fastest male and female were; Cameron Williams, from the accounts team who completed the race in 42 mins 58 secs and Virginie Demeyer from the housekeeping team who completed the race in 46 mins 41 secs. In a poignant moment, Cameron and Virginie were awarded the Jane Scales Trophy, in memory of a much-loved member of the team who recently died.
Our owner, Simon Mackaness, explains: “Rudding Park is set within 300 acres of parkland which forms part of our heritage and we understand the important role trees play in combatting climate change. It is crucial we all do our bit to protect the woodland so we are delighted to be able to support The Queens Canopy in this celebratory year and also commit to planting a tree in our grounds to represent each Rudding ParkRace competitor.”
Hotel Manager Nuno César de Sá and Development Chef Matthew Wilkinson, both keen runners and triathletes, were the inspiration behind the race. Nuno commented: “WOW, Matthew and I are exhausted and for once we weren’t running – I guess it’s the adrenalin of organising our first ever Rudding Park 10K! It’s something we’ve been keen to do for a while now, and the importance of the outdoors and investing in your physical and mental health spurred us on to make 2022 the year! It’s been fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves and soaking up the atmosphere. It’s been a huge success so keep an eye out for Rudding ParkRace 2023!”
Missed out on the action? Check out the official images from the event below!