One hundred riders take part in Catterick to Sunderland bike ride in memory of fallen paratrooper Nathan Cuthbertson

Tom and Carla Cuthbertson cycled from Catterick Garrison to the Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.
Tom and Carla Cuthbertson cycled from Catterick Garrison to the Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.
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A HUNDRED saddlesore fund-raisers hit the road to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Sunderland Paratrooper Nathan Cuthbertson.

The annual Cuthy’s 200 ride was started by Nathan’s parents Tom and Carla, of Tunstall, after the 19-year-old was killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2008.

Tom Cuthbertson arriving at  Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland after cycling from Catterick Garrison with a team of riders and his wife Carla,  in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.

Tom Cuthbertson arriving at Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland after cycling from Catterick Garrison with a team of riders and his wife Carla, in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.

This year’s fifth anniversary ride saw dozens of Nathan’s family, friends and comrades ride from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire to Ashbrooke Sports Club on Saturday.

A party to celebrate the end of the route was hosted at the venue.

The ride has raised around £20,000 for various charities over the last four years and this year’s proceeds will go to Brothers in Arms and the Sunderland branch of the Parachute Regiment Association.

Tom, himself a former Para, 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.

Riders arriving at Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland after cycling from Catterick Garrison with Tom and Carla Cuthbertson  in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.

Riders arriving at Ashbrooke sports club in Sunderland after cycling from Catterick Garrison with Tom and Carla Cuthbertson in memory of their son, PARA, Nathan Cuthbertson.

“It’s a good bike ride and not too difficult to do.”

Captain Chris Collier, of the Parachute Regiment Training Company, added: “Usually a fairly small affair, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, 100 riders turned up. The day was a huge success. Nathan would be very proud of everyone who made the day so special.”

More information about the annual event can be found at www.cuthys200.co.uk.