MORE than a century ago, four Sheffield friends with a love of cycling got together to form a team to take part in the Bridlington rally.
As they celebrated scooping the main prize – given for most miles ridden to the rally multiplied by the number of members who attended – little did they know that 125 years on the group would still be going strong in Sheffield.
Founded in 1887 – the same year as The Star – Sharrow Cycling Club is the oldest group of its kind still in existence in the city.
To mark the anniversary, members recreated history in a ride to Bridlington earlier this year and have been delving into its past.
John Collins, aged 66, club treasurer, said: “I was introduced to the ‘Sharrow’ aged 14 by school friends.
“My first ride was to Blyth, Nottinghamshire, and I was immediately taken with the friendly nature of the club.
“It was a wonderful way to get to know the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city.
“The older members had a great knowledge of the places we visited and were pleased to share it with the younger members.
“The historical significance of our 125th anniversary is much valued by myself and new and old members alike. It’s quite an achievement.”
Today, the club meets frequently outside the Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow, the same spot where their founding fathers used to go, before a leisurely ride.
Membership varies across all ages and occupations, from retired professors, to doctors, bus drivers, mechanics and bakers.
Member Roger Donnison, 68, of Broomhill, said: “I joined Sharrow three years ago.
“I’ve learned loads from other club members who’ve been into cycling far longer than me.
“I’ve discovered beautiful routes, got tips on bike maintenance and how to ride safely and I now know where all the best cafe stops are.
“It’s great to be part of a club with such a long history of competition, and to see the younger Sharrow boys keeping up that racing tradition today.”