Cyclists raise thousands in memory of Leeds teenager

Carol and Mark Barry prepare a start for one thousand cyclists.
Carol and Mark Barry prepare a start for one thousand cyclists.
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CYCLISTs helped raise about £10,000 in memory of a young bike enthusiast – in one of Yorkshire’s biggest two-wheeled events since the Tour de France.

About 1,200 riders, from young amateurs to the likes of Team Sky star Josh Edmondson, took part in the fifth annual Lewis Barry fundraising memorial bike ride on Sunday.

Lewis, who was tipped for a possible career in the sport, died in his sleep aged 15 at his family’s home in Garforth in 2010 after his heart suddenly stopped beating.

His dad, Mark Barry, said: “It’s something I never wanted to have to do, but the fact that we have had so much support for this event over the years is incredible.

“The cycling community is like a family. It’s like no other sport.”

The 50-mile ride started and finished at Lotherton Hall, at Aberford in east Leeds.

It raised money for the Dave Rayner Fund, supporting young cyclists, and charity Cardiac Risk in the Young. It will also pay for a defibrillator for Green Lane Primary Academy, Garforth.

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