Three Sheffield teenagers are riding the length of the country for a city charity which promotes safe cycling.
Thomas Giles, from Silverdale School and Cameron Cass and Laurie Young, from King Ecgberts, are cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End for the RideforEric Trust.
The charity was set up after the death of 55-year-old Eric Codling, from Periwood Avenue, Millhouses, Sheffield, who was killed while cycling in the city in November 2013.
He was struck by a speeding drink driver Emma Egan, then 26 and from Dewsbury, while he was riding along Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow.
Egan, who was jailed for four years and banned from driving for six years, was chasing after her ex-boyfriend in a car in front when she hit Eric - a married dad-of-two.
Eric’s wife Karen Codling set up the RideforEric Trust to educate cyclists and motorists about road safety.
The charity also helps fund a bereavement service at Cavendish Cancer Care in Sheffield.
Fundraising trio Thomas, Cameron and Laurie set off on their UK tour on Monday, July 6 and hope to finish on Wednesday, July 15.
Thomas said: “We decided we would like to donate to RideforEric because we have first hand experience of bad drivers on the roads and want to try and make the roads a safer place for cyclists.
“We’d also like our fundraising to benefit Cavendish Cancer Care who do amazing work for cancer patients in Sheffield.”
Eric’s wife, Karen, said: “It’s amazing to hear about the challenge that Cameron, Laurie and Thomas are embarking on and we are honoured that they would like to help fundraise for the RideforEric Trust.”
Tomorrow hundreds of cyclists are expected to take part in the second RaceforEric cycling event in Sheffield.
There is a 5k route for families, a 15k route for occasional riders and a 50k route for enthusiasts - all starting at Abbeydale Sports Club.
A large screen will be erected showing footage of Thomas, Cameron and Laurie on their journey.
Last year over 400 cyclists from across the country took part in the event and raised over £10,000.
Visit www.rideforeric.com for more information on the charity or tomorrow’s event, which is set to be held annually.