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.
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.
“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.