Race in memory of Sheffield cyclist raises £10,000

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The legacy of a Sheffield cyclist killed in a horror crash in Sheffield lives on - with a road race in his memory raising £10,000 over the summer.

The RideforEric event in July was organised for the second year running following the death of 55-year-old cyclist Eric Codling, from Millhouses, who was killed by a speeding drink driver on Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow, in November 2013.

His wife Karen has organised the charity bike race for the last two years, with half of the proceeds going to Cavendish Cancer Care in Sheffield to help maintain the bereavement service which was set up using the money raised at the inaugural event last year.

The other half of the cash will go towards funding safe cycling and accessible cycling initiatives in Sheffield.

Mrs Codling, a mum-of-two, is an associate director at the Irwin Mitchell law firm in Sheffield, which was a main sponsor for the race and provided dozens of volunteers to help out on the day.

There were 310 participants in this year’s race.

Mrs Codling said: “We have had excellent feedback from riders and I would like to thank every one of the volunteers who gave up their precious time to turn out on what started out being a wet and damp Sunday morning.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your help and support.”

Funds this year were boosted by three Sheffield students - Thomas Giles, from Silverdale School and Cameron Cass and Laurie Young, from King Ecgbert School - who cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise cash for the Ridefor Eric Trust.

Next year’s race will be held over the weekend of July 9 and 10.

Visit www.rideforeric.com or follow @RideforEric on Twitter.