Memorial ride for Sheffield dad killed in hit and run

Eric Codling with his wife Karen and their daughters Grace, 12, and Eve, nine.
Eric Codling with his wife Karen and their daughters Grace, 12, and Eve, nine.
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The family and friends of a much-loved Sheffield dad killed by a speeding drink driver while out on his bike have organised a charity ride in his memory.

Eric Codling, aged 55, from Millhouses, died after he was struck on Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow, Sheffield, last November, by a car being driven by 26-year-old Emma Egan.

She was jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court after she admitted causing Eric’s death by dangerous driving.

The court heard she had been chasing her boyfriend, who was travelling in a car in front of her, after he ended their relationship.

The event, called Ride for Eric, has been organised by Eric’s widow Karen and her friends and supporters, and takes place on September 21.

There are three routes to chose from - a 6km family ride, a 16km route and a 50km challenge - all of which pass the scene of the fatal crash.

The rides start at Abbeydale Sports Club on Abbeydale Road South, and all the proceeds are going to Cavendish Cancer Care, which looked after Karen when she was treated for breast cancer.

Karen said the ride came about because Eric was sports mad and she wanted to raise awareness of cycling safety in the wake of his death.

“This bike ride is in loving memory of Eric, and we want to raise the importance of cycling safety, while raising vital funds for Cavendish Cancer Care who give great support to cancer sufferers and their families,” she said.

“Another thing I have learned from losing Eric is that hardly anyone carries any form of ID when out cycling or running.

“Eric was one of these - he had his mobile phone and a £1 coin. It took the police four hours to trace me. 
“That could be a very critical period of time for a family if the person injured is not killed instantly as Eric was.”

Karen has teamed up with Matt Henshaw of Racing TNT triathlon club and Eamonn Hunt from Very Creative to stage the rides.

She is also seeking volunteers to marshal and man feed stations.

To enter log on to Entry is £10, £12 or £15.