Macmillan Charity Raceday called off

The Macmillan mascot Hero makes friends with racegoers at a previous race day. Photograph: Macmillan

One of the highlights of both the sporting and charity calendars has been cancelled.

The Macmillan Charity Raceday, due to take place on 13 June, has been called off. It was the 50th anniversary event.

In a statement on its website, organisers said:

“In these uncertain times, Macmillan and York Races wanted to give a degree of clarity to their participants and supporters.

“The British Horseracing Authority has currently suspended racing until at least the end of April 2020 following Government advice. While York Racecourse’s season does not start until mid-May and Macmillan Charity Raceday is not until Saturday 13 June 2020, there is sufficient uncertainty that it was felt best to make this decision early.

“If racing resumes by June then York Racecourse would still hold Macmillan Charity Raceday but the fundraising aspect of the day would be scaled back.

“The fundraising activities being postponed include the Ernest Cooper Macmillan Ride of their Lives, the Jump of their Lives skydive, fundraising lunch and auction.”