Charity bike ride in memory of Sheffield cyclist killed by drink driver set to return

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A charity bike ride held in memory of a cyclist killed by a speeding drink driver in Sheffield is set to return as an annual event - after the first race raised more than £10,000.

More than 370 people got on their bikes in the Ride for Eric, which took place to remember 55-year-old Eric Codling, from Millhouses, who was killed instantly when he was hit by a car on Whirlowdale Road during his regular Sunday morning cycle.

The proceeds have now been tallied up and total over £10,000, which will go to city charity Cavendish Cancer Care - and organisers have announced the 2015 ride is to happen next July.

Karen Codling, the painter and decorator’s widow, said: “Seeing the difference this year’s event has made has been a real comfort to the whole family, so we’ve decided this needs to be an annual event.”

The ride in September followed three routes of varying difficulty, beginning at Abbeydale Sports Club. Participants ranged from club cyclists to novices and family groups.

Money raised will be used to set up a new bereavement service at Cavendish, which supported Eric’s family following the dad-of-two’s tragic death last November.

Organising committee member Eamonn Hunt said: “Eric would be proud of everyone who helped make the event the fantastic success it was.”

Eric’s killer, Emma Egan, aged 26, from Dewsbury, is serving a four-year jail term after admitting causing his death by dangerous driving.

Visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/121417/Ride-for-Eric to sign up.