IT WAS an emotional day as friends and family took part in a charity race in memory of a young semi-professional cyclist who died of an undiagnosed heart condition.
The race was run for the second time in memory of Pete Hinchliffe, 33, who died in September 2010 while out riding his bike just six months after getting married.
The cycle race that is set to be an annual event, raised £1,350 for charity “CRY” (Cardiac Risk in the Young) in Pete’s name.
Personal trainer Pete, of Springwell Lane, Balby died of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, which is widely considered to be the second most common cause of sudden death in young athletes.
To date the family have helped raise more than £7,000 for the charity to help fund a screening process.
Pete’s parents Robert and Susan Hinchliffe are also funding an annual research prize for CRY.
Mr Hinchliffe, 69, a retired GP of Hill Top, Conisbrough, said: “The race went really well it was a lovely sunny day and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of people.
“Pete would’ve been absolutely chuffed to see how much we raised and to see so many of his friends and family and people who have never even met him taking part.
“We want to thank everyone who took part, the lads at Dinnington Racing Club who organised it and Tickhill Cricket Club who provided the venue for us free of charge for refreshments afterwards.”
Professional cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing have also backed the cause by hosting an ‘Out of the Saddle’ evening last month raising £5,315 on the night, with money still coming in.
Prior to his death, Pete was undergoing medical tests after suffering a brief blackout while out cycling.
Pete was on his way to meet a friend on his bike when he stopped in Leger Way when he felt unwell.
A couple came to his assistance but Pete collapsed, and despite resuscitation attempts, died.
Pete had married Rebecca, 24, a critical care nurse, just six months before his death.
He had been a semi-professional road cyclist competing locally as well as at a national level and had spent time in Belgium cycling.
Pete’s brother Robert, 37, and his sister Sarah, 35, have been given the all clear after undergoing tests to see if they also have the heart condition but will need regular screenings every two to three years.
To find out more or donate to the CRY fund visit http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/hinchliffe_my_story.htm