Sheffield pals pedal the Peak in memory of Chris

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Cycling pals from Sheffield are hoping pedal power will get them through their ninth annual bike ride in memory of a friend who died from prostate cancer.

Chris’ Spin is organised each year to celebrate the life of Chris Martindale, and to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The event has raised more than £17,000 for the charity since it started in 2005.

This year’s ride takes place this Sunday, May 26, over two courses - one a challenging 52 miles, and another of 16 miles - through the Peak District. The routes are chosen for their quiet country roads, with a lunch stop in Great Longstone.

Chris’ partner Kate said: “It is a very sociable ride rather than a race, with the emphasis on renewing and building friendships.

“The event started initially with a group of friends, family and colleagues, and it has now grown to include many other keen cyclists from the Sheffield area.”

Dad-of-two Chris, who lived in Crookes, was an NHS manager based in Rotherham. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54.

A keen cyclist, he had completed three Land’s End to John O’Groats rides and was a member of the Rutland Cycling Club and the De Laune Cycling Club in South London.

Riders can still sign up for this Sunday’s event and find out more details at www.chrisspin.org - or the riders can be sponsored online at www.justgiving.com/chrisspin2013