Trek from Catterick Garrison to Sunderland in memory of fallen paratrooper

Organisers of the Cuthy 2012 Bike ride in memory of the late Nathan Cuthbertson, from left; Tom Cuthbertson, Rob Deverson of Ashbrooke Sports Club, Carla Cuthbertson, Dean Fox, Colin Charlton and Michelle Cuthbertson (Centre)
Organisers of the Cuthy 2012 Bike ride in memory of the late Nathan Cuthbertson, from left; Tom Cuthbertson, Rob Deverson of Ashbrooke Sports Club, Carla Cuthbertson, Dean Fox, Colin Charlton and Michelle Cuthbertson (Centre)
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A GROUP of cyclists will be hitting the road in memory of fallen hero Private Nathan Cuthbertson.

Cuthy’s 200 was launched in memory of Pte Cuthbertson by his parents Tom and Carla, of Tunstall, after the 19-year-old was killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

EMBARGOED TO 21.30 Monday June 9.'Undated MoD handout photo of Private Nathan Cuthbertson, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday June 8.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date:  Monday June 9, 2008.  Three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan today, taking the number of British military personnel killed in the country since 2001 to 100.  The men, from 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, were on a routine foot patrol near their base in the Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand Province when they were struck by an explosion.  See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan.  Photo credit should read:  MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 21.30 Monday June 9.'Undated MoD handout photo of Private Nathan Cuthbertson, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 9, 2008. Three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan today, taking the number of British military personnel killed in the country since 2001 to 100. The men, from 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, were on a routine foot patrol near their base in the Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand Province when they were struck by an explosion. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire

The annual event has proved popular since it started, with hundreds of riders snapping up the chance to take part in the ride for charity.

This year, the bike ride will see cyclists set off from Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, at 8am on Saturday, June 9, with them aiming to arrive at Ashbrooke Sports Club by 2pm.

The club will then host a family fun day, with a barbecue and entertainment on the bill.

The ride takes place the day after the fourth anniversary of the death of Pte Cuthbertson, who served with the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

Former Para Tom, 32, said: “We’ve already got about 50 people signed up to take part in the bike ride so it’s looking good so far.

“We’ve always done it on the weekend closest to the day our Nathan died because we want to do it in his memory.”

This year, funds raised will go to the Afghanistan Trust, which offers support to wounded soldiers who served with the Parachute Regiment and families of those who have been killed.

Tom said: “It’s a really worthy cause and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money for it.”

The Ashbrooke Sports Club event is also incorporating an Airborne Forces Day event.

“We’re holding a mini airborne forces day and we’re appealing for any serving Paras who want to come along to join us on the day,” Tom said.

Tom’s youngest son, Connan, followed in Nathan’s footsteps in February when he passed out after months of gruelling training to become a soldier serving with the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment based in Colchester, Essex, just days before his 18th birthday.

Keen cyclists still have time to sign up to take part in the bike ride.

For more details, visit www.cuthys200.co.uk.

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Search for a band

TOM is on the hunt for local bands to entertain the crowds at the event.

He said: “We’re hoping to put on some live music, but haven’t been able to find anyone yet.

“It’s for a really good cause and hopefully will be a good day, so we’d appreciate hearing from anyone interested.”

Any bands or musicians wanting to perform at the event on June 9, can contact Marissa Carruthers on 501 7147 or email marissa.carruthers@northeast-press.co.uk