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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As 2016 was such an amazing success, we’ve added a second option, yet more challenges to course this year and critically still on the Boundary

The EXTREME route sets the bar even higher than 2016, first up is Pea Royd Lane, Stocksbridge – chosen to stage the National Hill Climbs in 2009 & 2014, with an average gradient of  11% but max gradient is a booming 20% – and if that wasn’t bad enough we’ve also included Scar Hole Lane in Jackson Bridge; again, another National Hill Climb course staging the championships in 1994 and most recently in 2015. Again, this 1400m climb averages out at 11%, and the maximum soars at an aching 20+%. After 60 miles in the legs already, that will take some doing.

The Classic

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

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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