Friends gallop to the rescue of England’s oldest flat horse race

Guy Stephenson, a trustee for the Kiplingcotes Derby.

Guy Stephenson, a trustee for the Kiplingcotes Derby.

Generous sponsors have galloped to the rescue of the oldest flat horse race in England – including a bequest from a supporter.

The future of the annual Kiplingcotes Derby, which takes place near Market Weighton, was under threat last year because of rising health and safety and insurance costs.

Organisers now have to pay liability insurance, costing more than £230 and find funds for an ambulance, which last year cost £377. They would also have to install traffic lights, which would cost about £1,300.

But generous sponsors and voluntary organisations have come forward to help cover the costs and keep the tradition alive. It reputedly began in 1519.

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