HUNDREDS of scooter riders and motorcyclists roared off from York’s Eye of York today on a charity ride through North Yorkshire - after first hearing a sobering warning about prostate cancer risks.

York Inset Scooter Club has held its 12th annual charity run, with proceeds going towards research into the cancer at the University of York.

They were started off by York's Normandy Veterans Ken Smith and Ken Cooke, who are honorary club members, and by university cancer researcher, Professor Norman Maitland.

He told the riders that if there were 300 of them in the gathering, 50 would go on to develop prostate cancer and they needed to be aware of the risks.

He said screening was available and it was curable if caught early.

The riders, some riding vintage bikes and scooters, went on a scenic route across the countryside, past Sheriff Hutton and Castle Howard, with a break at Bulmer, before arriving at Beadlam, between Pickering and Kirkbymoorside, for lunch at the Rose and Crown, said organiser Nick Beilby.

He said the ride was held in memory of a club member John Martin, dubbed 'Vespa John,' who died eight years ago.