Over 2,000 people joined Sheffield Sky Ride

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More than 2,000 people took part in Sheffield’s first Sky Ride cycling event - despite grim weather.

Around 3,000 were signed up to attend the traffic-free route on Sunday.

Families and friends got soaked to the skin as they rode from Devonshire Green, down Ecclesall Road and around the perimeter of the Sheffield United ground.

It was one of 14 free large cycle rides across the country organised by British Cycling, Sheffield Council and Sky, and formally launched by Great Britain BMX rider Curtis Manaton.

Coun Harry Harpham, deputy council leader, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to see so many people out on their bikes despite the weather. It just shows Sheffielders won’t let bad weather stop them.”