Workmates show steely determination for ride

Guy Malpass, Stephen Henderson, Gary Greveson, Glynn Gration, Chris Anderson, and Gary Barnsley.
Guy Malpass, Stephen Henderson, Gary Greveson, Glynn Gration, Chris Anderson, and Gary Barnsley.
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SIX employees of a Sheffield engineering firm are taking part in a 100km cycle ride to raise money for charity.

The men, who all work at Sheffield Forgemasters on Brightside Lane, will be taking part in the Ride of the Falling Leaves on Sunday, October 16.

The ride starts at Claremont Hospital, Sandygate, Sheffield and goes through the Peak District and back again.

Money raised by the entry fee and sponsorship will go to the Danny Porter Foundation, which helps fund research, support, care and equipment for people suffering from cancer or requiring neurological surgery.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Neurocare are among the local causes that benefit.

The charity was set up by Sheffield man Danny Potter after his own battle with a rare form of cancer known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

“I never fail to be surprised by the generosity of the public,” said Danny, who teamed up with the Claremont Hospital Sport Medicine and Performance Centre and the Out of the Saddle Cycling Club to organise the ride.

“I’m really pleased and so grateful to the guys from Forgemasters who are taking on the massive 100k challenge, and to everyone else who has signed up to take part.”

Guy Malpass, one of the cyclists from Forgemasters, took part in the 2010 Ride of Falling Leaves.

He said: “A team of us did the same event last year and raised more than £1,000, although not everyone made it to the finish line on their bikes, some only made it in the back of a van!”

Guy added: “Last year’s event was 90k and it took us around five and a half hours so this one will take a bit longer.

“Although it is a big challenge, it is just a fantastic day.

“We’ve all been training, and most of us cycle into work every day - you don’t have to go far in Sheffield to find a hill so it’s all good practice.”

Guy will be joined on the ride by colleagues Stephen Henderson, Gary Greveson, Glynn Gration, Chris Anderson and Gary Barnsley.

The Ride of the Falling Leaves cycle challenge has a 50k route and a 100k route.

Entry to the bike ride is £25 a person, with all proceeds going to the Danny Porter Foundation.