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Do you have mud in your blood?

Do you have mud in your blood?

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:02am 4th July 2010.

Has Scarborough got mud in its blood?

A project which aims to increase interest in off road motorbiking has been given a £1,500 kickstart thanks to a grant from Scarborough Borough Council.

Mud In your Blood Scarborough is a new community-run project, with new and experienced off road motorbike riders aiming to develop the motorsport in Scarborough and raise the funds to buy equipment and training so more people including children and young people can take part in a sport that may otherwise be too expensive.

The group has welcomed an award of £1,500 from the borough council's Southern Area Committee to kickstart the project and encourage more people to get involved.  

Over the coming months the group will apply for further funds to buy the bikes, safety equipment and training.

It includes applying to local "voice your choice" community funding opportunities which sees Scarborough people decide which projects they would like to see happen in their area.

In the meantime, Mud In Your Blood members are organising a series of activities such as a sponsored bike ride from Whitby to raise as much funding as they can.

This week saw dedicated members raise more than £200 from a 12-hour sponsored double marathon event which took place at Compass Gym, Scarborough.    

Peter Goodworth, Mud in Your Blood Chairman, said "The project developed in response to there being a lack of spaces to ride off road safely in Scarborough.

"As a result a number of people have got together to provide this for ourselves. We would be very pleased to hear from local landowners including farmers who might be able to help bring this popular sport to Scarborough on a permanent or event by event basis for visitors and local people alike."

Supporting the development of the project, Chris Brogan, Community Link Officer from Scarborough Borough Council's Regeneration Services said: "The venture will give local people the opportunity to access this high adrenaline sport and develop the full range of skills required to professionally run their own track days.

"This includes enabling people to access the training to undertake marshalling, first aid, bike maintenance and instructing new riders."

For more information about the project email Peter Goodworth on peter.goodworth@mudinyourblood.co.uk

If you would like to join or support the group new members are always welcome - contact the group's Membership Officer, Nikki Bradly on 07901 742200 or email   membership@mudinyourblood.co.uk

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