Barnsley Boundary Heroes Ride



In Memory of Private Matthew Adam Thornton.

Matthew Adam Thornton was born in Darton on 3rd November 1983, a very keen sportsman played at Sandal RUFC at junior/teenage level had trails with Yorkshire, qualified snowboard instructor, worked at Premdor in Darton, he was an active member at 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire regiment and passed out as a regular Army 1st battalion of the Yorkshire regiment before being deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

Matthew also took time out to help others both in social life and military. Nothing was too big or small a challenge for him. Always went out of his way to be a credit to his family and friends.

He’s greatly missed by all who he touched and by all who knew him dearly.

You can donate via the JustGiving page, thank you.

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In 2018 we offer 3 amazing routes for you to ride.

The CLASSIC route, which sticks neatly to the metropolitan boundary of Barnsley and tackles a number of challenging climbs, which totals 78 Miles, and 2000 metres of climbing

The EXTREME route, which adds to the ‘Classic’ route, but adds in two notable national hill climbs – Pea Royd Lane, and Jackson Bridge, each presenting 25% slopes. Not for the faint hearted

The ULTRA is our prestige route and really takes things up, many many notches. This route tackles the same tests as the classic and extreme but adds in the fearsome Strines – a frightening number of steep and remote climbs in the Peak District including cols seen in the 2017 Tour of Yorkshire. If that wasn’t hard enough, what follows is Epic – Holme Moss, and the Vineyard – a little known climb with 30% slopes no easy proposition given 5Km of climbing and 5Km of descending from the Stage 2 2014 Grand Depart Climb (in reverse). In total it is 96 miles, and 3000 metres of climbing. The word epic is over used but if there was a sportive that deserved it, this is it.

Route Guides

The Classic (Grade 3 Sportive)

Barnsley Road Club are hugely proud to support the Barnsley Boundary Heroes Ride, inspired by Private Matthew Adam Thornton, raising money for Help for Heroes. This 80 mile ‘difficult’ cycle sportive covers the entire Barnsley Metropolitan Boundary taking in some breathtaking countryside as well as the unrelenting Haigh Bank to finish off, Can you take on the Boundary and be a hero too?

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The Extreme (Grade 4 Sportive)

Following the same route as the classic until Stocksbridge before turning through Fox Valley and beginning the terrifying ascent of Pea Royd Lane, maxing out well over 20%, re joining your fellow riders, until Hepworth where you will descend to the beginning of the Jackson Bridge Hill Climb on Scar Hole Lane, another 1 km climb, getting straight into 20%+ averaging 11%. Good Luck.

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The Ultra (Grade 5 Sportive)

The Ultra is Big. We’re talking some serious climbing, proving a test for even professional riders, many of whom use these climbs as training routes. From the Extremes descent into Oughtibridge (Jawbone), the route turns up into the Strines using More Hall Lane, ascending Bolsterstones, then on to Wigtwizzle and Ewden Bank all of which was the setting for the Tour de Yorkshire ’17. The route then traverses Midhope and Underbank reservoirs, before turning towards Pea Royd Lane. You re-join the Extreme route at this point, until the food stop at the Dog & Partridge on A628. From there you turn up towards Woodhead Pass – Look around, you’ll see the world. Coming down the 5 mile Woodhead descent, prepare to dismount your bike at the Holme Moss turning – a marshall may instruct you. The Holme Moss ascent is 3miles, and is not an easy proposition if the wind is not quite right. Hopefully the ice cream van can give you a 99. Once you have descended both down the ‘Moss’ and from Holme village, you will be guided to the right, to tackle the little known Vineyard climb – maybe its your last of the summer wine / whine….- then its up to the top of Cartworth Moor when you will re-join the Extreme route and head for home. Next up is  Jackson Bridge for the last of the national hill climbs, and then hold your breath for Haigh Bank; and Pie, Peas and a Pint !!.

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