Hundreds honour fallen Sunderland hero Nathan Cuthbertson with cycle trek and Red Devils jump

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Cyclists have done their bit for Forces charities after completing a bike ride in memory of a Sunderland soldier who was tragically killed nine years ago.

More than 200 riders took part in Cuthy’s Big Bike Ride, which is named after Nathan Cuthbertson.

Red Devils Parachute Display Team members with Tom and Carla Cuthbertson at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Red Devils Parachute Display Team members with Tom and Carla Cuthbertson at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Popular Nathan, a St Aidan’s School pupil, was just 19 when he was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in June 2008.

Since then his family and friends have strived to keep his legacy alive by raising thousands of pounds for military and civilian charities through the ride.

Leaving Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire at about 7am, groups of 20 riders made it back to Wearside with the finishing line Ashbrooke Sports Club.

There, a family fun day took place with activities for youngsters, refreshments and even a performance by parachute display team the Red Devils.

Last man home Karen Crammond at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Last man home Karen Crammond at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Nathan’s dad Tom, who along with his wife and Nathan’s mum Carla organise the event, spoke of their pride at the turnout.

“We’ve had about 260 riders taking part, which is great as we were a bit worried about the logistics of so many people being involved,” said Tom, of Tunstall.

“The weather has stayed fine as well apart from one downpour, but the rest of the time it has been cracking.

“The turnout back at the sports club has been great too.

Red Devils Parachute Display Team at Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Red Devils Parachute Display Team at Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

“I didn’t think it could get any bigger than last year but it looks like it has.”

Among those taking part was Karen Crammond, who has served as a nurse in Iraq and also works with the Army Cadets.

Tom added: “For this to be held in our Nathan’s memory and so many people to support us is fantastic.

“I’ve got to thank SR Transport, Fire Solutions, Peter Callahan and Gary Priest, to name a few, who have been a massive help.

Last man home Karen Crammond, with Carla Cuthbertson at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

Last man home Karen Crammond, with Carla Cuthbertson at the end of Cuthy's Big Bike Ride.

“Thank you also to everybody who has come along and made the day special once again.”