Saddling up in Rob’s memory

Robert Hurdley.
Robert Hurdley.
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Friends of a married dad-of-three who was killed in a pub attack are holding a charity bike ride in his memory.

Rob Hurdley, a father-of-three, from Dinnington, died almost instantly after being punched in the head in the Don Jon pub, Maltby, Rotherham, last October.

Now 12 of Mr Hurdley’s friends have signed up take part in a 41-mile bike ride setting off at 10am this Saturday, August 31.

The event - called Rob’s FBomb Challenge - has been organised by Rob’s friend Simon Hill, aged 42, from North Anston.

All of the sponsorship money raised will go to three charities supported by Rob when he was alive - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The group will start at Hillsborough stadium and cycle past Specsavers in Chesterfield where 45-year-old Rob was manager.

They will also drop in to Bluebell Wood to take some photographs and their journey will end at Dinnington Rugby Club, where Rob coached the under 12s team.

Simon said: “I wanted to celebrate Rob’s life by doing something that was personal to him and me. We shared so many laughs on so many occasions. I just know he’ll be smiling down on us”.

Simon’s partner, Joanne Smith, aged 43, also of North Anston, will provide drinks and refreshments at checkpoints along the route.

She said: “It’s not a race, it’s more about people taking part and the charities we are doing it for. 
“It’s more about people being able to complete it.”

Professional boxer Daniel Gerrard, aged 30, of Highfield Park, Maltby, was jailed for six years after he admitted manslaughter and affray at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year.

Anyone who wants to take part in the bike ride can email or call Joanne on 07914592172.

Alternatively, log on to FBOMB Challenge to make a donation to the cause.