Hundreds of people got on their bikes in memory of Meltham cyclist John Radford.

Around 300 riders of all abilities and backgrounds joined forces for a very special Memorial Ride and Cycling Festival on Saturday.

The mixed ability event was organised by Milnsbridge-based community project Streetbikes.

Organiser Gill Greaves said: “It was an amazing day and absolutely brilliant weather conditions as it was not too hot.

“We had 300 people of all ages, cultures and abilities taking part.

“They came from all over the country, not just the Kirklees area.”

Happy participants in this year's John Radford Memorial Ride. Picture by Sandie Nicholson

Riders could choose to travel along different routes of track or greenway.

There was a 100km (62 mile) route as well as a family ride of just over 43km – with riders able to do as much or as little as they wanted.

The day at Spenborough athletics track in Liversedge was opened by Mirfield’s Tour de France pioneer Brian Robinson.

The 85-year-old, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour in 1958, took part in one of the rides to New Mill where Mr Radford’s white memorial bike is situated.

Medal presentation at John Radford Memorial Ride. Picture by Sandie Nicholson

He returned to start the family ride, which was split into sections of eight, 15 and 28 miles.

Mr Radford was knocked off his bike on the main A616 Huddersfield Road between New Mill and Brockholes in July, 2013.

He suffered brain damage and died, aged 70, in November 2014.

Former soldier Michael Gledhill, of Holmfirth, was jailed for four years and eight months in January for causing death by dangerous driving.

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Mr Radford was chairman of cycling group Huddersfield CTC and last year rides took part in a 100-mile challenge to raise money for a charity he supported, Road Justice.

His family supported the weekend’s event, with his daughters Emma Boyes and Helen Gorman handing out medals to all participants


Family participate in John Radford Memorial Ride. Picture by Sandie Nicholson

Gill said: “We want to turn this into an annual event – his family are absolutely ecstatic with it.

“At John’s funeral the family didn’t have flowers. They instead asked for donations to Streetbikes and we set up the John Radford Cycling Achievement medal.

“Everybody taking part on the day was given a medal, whether they did one lap or 100km.

Brian Robinson and Gill Greaves. Picture by Sandie Nicholson

“It was a special day as we had lots of able-bodied and disabled people riding together.

“We had experienced cyclists riding alongside people in wheelchairs.

“There were people from all cultures including lots of Asian people taking part despite it being Ramadan.

“We even had 12 blind cyclists on tandems taking part.”

Money raised from the ride will go towards helping Streetbikes buy a specially adapted trike, which costs £1,200.