ONE of the nation's favourite trails will be easier to maintain thanks to the generosity of people supporting the Hardmoors Race Series.

Managers of the Cleveland Way has been able to buy a new vehicle with money donated as part of the entry fee for the challenging series of events

Organised by ultrarunning enthusiasts Jon and Shirley Steele, the Series encompasses more than 20 different events and challenges, including the iconic 110-mile race of the full Cleveland Way National Trail.

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 May 24 in 1969.

Jon Steele added: “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.”

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