Ryder was a purpose-made pop group led by Maynard Williams whose primary purpose was to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, Norway, performing the song Runner in the Night which finished in 7th place. They were criticised in the media for being a particularly weak and unsuitable entry.

Williams, the son of actor Bill Maynard, had previously reached the final 24 of the UK heat in 1985.