We’re so close to the North York Moors National Park and since it’s so beautiful, you’d be forgiven for thinking the moors are a safe place to walk … as with all outdoor activities, things can go wrong. 
Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team (SRMRT for short) are a very welcome sight for anyone who’s in trouble while enjoying the great outdoors. 
This band of skilled and dedicated volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, come rain, shine or snow. 
Now in their 52nd year, the team is made up of fifty active members including paramedics, doctors, nurses and people with hill walking experience. 
SRMRT hold a number of fundraising events to help swell the coffers and one of them is the Ravenscar Coastal Half Marathon taking place on Sunday 7th May. 
This is a challenging course, starting at Ravenscar Village Hall and following the Cinder Track down to the outskirts of Cloughton, before turning back and following the Cleveland Way up a lung-bursting, heart-pounding path that finishes back in Ravenscar. 
There is also a shorter 10K route, which has become popular, following an equally challenging course. 
SRMRT volunteers and their dogs speckle the route with some welcome water and jelly babies, giving energy to grateful, rosy-faced runners! 
The races take place on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, which forms part of the SRMRT’s patch that covers a total of 2,100 square miles. 
Their area starts at Sandsend, near Whitby, goes over to Helmsley then across to the A19. The western boundary runs southwards towards the M62 motorway, before heading east as far as Howden, Beverley and to the coast at Hornsea. The eastern boundary follows the coast north back to Sandsend. This encompasses the south-eastern half of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest and neighbouring forestry, the Yorkshire Wolds and a number of sizeable urban areas. 
We would like to wish all the runners ‘good luck’ on the day, and SRMRT welcome donations so they can carry on their incredible work. Find out more: SRMRT 
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