KEEN cyclists have pledged to get in the saddle in memory of a fallen hero.
A total of 43 riders have already signed up for the annual Cuthy’s 200 event, after registration officially opened at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland.
The charity cycle from Catterick to Sunderland was launched in memory of Paratrooper Nathan Cuthbertson by his parents Tom and Carla, of Tunstall, after the 19-year-old was killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Covering just under 60 miles, the ride has become a favourite with kind-hearted cyclists.
A total of 100 people are expected to take part and a coach has been laid on to take them to the start of race at Catterick Garrinson in North Yorkshire.
On June 8, fund-raisers will set off from the Para Training Company’s base, heading to Ashbrooke Sports Club.
The club will host a family fun day, with a barbecue and entertainment. Last year’s event brought in £8,000 and this year, funds are going to charity Brothers in Arms and the Sunderland branch of the Parachute Regiment Association.
Former Para Tom said: “We’ve always done it on the weekend closest to the day our Nathan died, because we want to do it in his memory.
“There are still places available on the ride.
“Everyone is welcome and we’d also like to invite any ex-service people to the event afterwards.”
Registration is £5 and organisers ask that riders pay £5 towards transport costs.
For more information, visit www.cuthys200.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.