Cycling event returns to Sheffield in memory of city man killed by hit-and-run drink driver

Eric Codling who was killed in a collision on Whirlowdale Road.
Eric Codling who was killed in a collision on Whirlowdale Road.

A cycling event in memory of a Sheffield man killed by a drink driver is to be staged for the second year running.

RideforEric raised £10,000 last year and proved so popular it has become an annual event.

Last year's Ride for Eric

Last year's Ride for Eric

It was the brainchild of Karen Codling in memory of her husband Eric, aged 55, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was speeding and over the drink drive limit.

Eric, a married father-of-two from Periwood Avenue, Millhouses, was struck as he cycled along nearby Whirlowdale Road in November 2013.

His killer was jailed for four years.

Money raised by the 400 cyclists who took part last year helps fund a bereavement counselling service provided by Cavendish Cancer Care in Sheffield.

Cyclists from all over the country travelled to Sheffield for the event.

The RideforEric Trust has now been established, with the key aims of maintaining the bereavement service and promoting safe cycling activities in Sheffield.

Eric’s wife, Karen, said: “I am still overwhelmed by the amazing support this event achieved last year, and continues to receive.

“It looks like this year’s RideforEric is going to be even bigger and better than last year.”

There are three different RideforEric routes for cyclists of all abilities - a 5K guided fun route for families, a 15K route for regular cyclists and a 50K challenge for the more experienced.

All routes start and finish at Abbeydale Sports Club, where there will be food and activities all day.

Prizes will be awarded for those who raise the most money in each category as well as the best fancy dress in the family 5K event.

So far 100 people have signed up to take part.

Visit www.rideforeric.com to register or to volunteer to help out on the day.