140 get on their bikes as tribute to loving David Thompson

Mark Cooper from East Ardsley is doing a 140 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Castleford in memory of David Thompson who died in a car accident.
Mark Cooper from East Ardsley is doing a 140 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Castleford in memory of David Thompson who died in a car accident.
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An amateur cyclist will ride 140 miles in two days in memory of David Thompson who died after the car his was travelling in hit a lamp post.

Mark Cooper, of Bidder Driver, East Ardsley, will be part of a 30-strong convoy riding from Liverpool to Castleford starting on Saturday, July 4.

Mark Cooper from East Ardsley is doing a 140 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Castleford in memory of David Thompson who died in a car accident.

Mark Cooper from East Ardsley is doing a 140 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Castleford in memory of David Thompson who died in a car accident.

He will be raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance who airlifted David Thompson and another man to Leeds General Infirmary after a crash on the A650 Wrenthorpe bypass in Wakefield.

Mr Thompson, 34, of Smithy Lane, Tingley, was a passenger in the BMW M3 when it veered off the road near a roundabout and hit a lamp post. He died in hospital almost a month after the incident.

Mr Cooper, 45, said: “Dave was my cousin Rach Cooper’s boyfriend so he was as good as family. He was a really well liked lad and having 400 people turn up to release lanterns in Wakefield in memory of him shows just that. The air ambulance did an amazing job and I want to do all I can to keep them up in the air.”

Mr Cooper, who works as a road worker, is a member of the Facebook group Triple Trek, which organises rides for cyclists across the district.

He originally signed up for the challenge to raise money along with the other riders for Pontefract Hospice.

But after Mr Thompson died he pledged to complete the route in his family member’s memory.

Mr Thompson, known to friends as Timpson, was a car enthusiast and a big fan of multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi.

And Mr Cooper will ride the route wearing a T-shirt bearing Mr Thompson’s personalised number plate, D8VCT, and Mr Rossi’s race number, 46.

To sponsor Mr Cooper log onto www.justgiving.com/mark-cooper46.

A charity football match was also held at Tingley Athletic’s ground on Saturday.