Sheffield memorial bike ride returns for second run

Pictured at the launch of RideforEric are Matt Norris, Racing TNT Triathlon, Eamonn Hunt, Very Creative,Eric's widow Karen Codling and Julie Lister, Abbeydale Sports Club
Pictured at the launch of RideforEric are Matt Norris, Racing TNT Triathlon, Eamonn Hunt, Very Creative,Eric's widow Karen Codling and Julie Lister, Abbeydale Sports Club
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A charity ride in memory of a Sheffield dad killed after he was knocked off his bike by a drink driver is to take place again.

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, RideforEric 2015 will return to the city on Sunday, July 12.

The event was organised in memory of married dad-of-two Eric Codling, aged 55, from Millhouses, who was killed by a drink driver whilst out on his Sunday bike ride in November 2013,

Last year over 400 participants got involved raising over £10,000 to help fund a bereavement counselling service provided by Cavendish Cancer Care.

Eric’s widow Karen who established the event in memory of her husband, said: “I am still overwhelmed by the amazing support this event achieved last year, and continues to receive. 
“It looks like this year’s RideforEric is going to be even bigger and better than last year.

“Now that we have established RideforEric Trust, we will be able continue to fund the new bereavement service and also provide support for as many people as we can to access safe cycling. 
“It really feels like we are making a difference and that all of this is being done in Eric’s memory, which is just so special for his daughters and the family.”

The RideforEric Trust has been established to maintain the bereavement service and promote safe cycling in the city.

The 2015 event was launched on Wednesday night at an event hosted by solicitors Irwin Mitchell who are this year’s main sponsor.

The event comprises three different routes – a family-orientated 5K route, a 15K route for regular cyclists and a 50K challenge for enthusiasts – starting from Abbeydale Sports Club.

See www.rideforeric.com for details.