A DAD who died suddenly on his way home from work will be remembered through a pal’s gruelling 870-mile sponsored bike ride.
Anthony Hudson is inviting other cyclists to join him on his four-day challenge, which he will do in memory of David Hargrave, who died after suffering a suspected heart attack earlier this month.
The popular Sunderland cyclist, whose funeral was on Thursday, was on his usual route home from work in Newcastle when he collapsed as he rode along North Bridge Street.
The 36-year-old, of Ennerdale in Ashbrooke, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and later pronounced dead.
Now Anthony, who cycled with David from Sunderland to London in 36 hours to raise money for Sport Relief earlier this year, has pledged to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in his pal’s memory.
The 24-year-old, of Ashbrooke, said: “I said I was going to cycle to London in less than two days non-stop.
“He was one of a handful of people who said I could do it.
“He said he would do it with me and we ended up having a brilliant time.
“I remember him saying ‘you don’t want to ride alone because you won’t have anyone to share the memories with’.
“That’s the one thing that stuck in my mind and he’s right.
“Now I have no one to share these memories with, and I honestly don’t think I could have done it without him.”
Anthony, who will start his ride on June 20, was set to ask the dad-of-three if he wanted to join him on his fund-raiser in aid of Parkinson’s UK when tragedy struck.
Now he is invited other cyclists who knew David to support him by meeting up with him and cycling either all the way or joining him for part of the journey.
He said: “I was going to ask David to do it with me, but I never got the chance so instead I want to do it in his memory.
“If there are any other cyclists who want to do the ride for David with me next year out there, I would love them to get in touch.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor Anthony on his bike ride can visit www.justgicing.com/4daychallenge
Any cyclists wanting to join him can email Hudsona3@live.co.uk.