Barnsley Boundary Ride
In Memory of Private Matthew Adam Thornton
Matthew Adam Thornton was born in Darton on 3rd November 1983. As a very keen sportsman he played at Sandal RUFC at junior/teenage level and had trails with Yorkshire, qualified as a snowboard instructor, worked at Premdor in Darton and was an active member at 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire regiment. He passed out as a regular Army 1st battalion of the Yorkshire regiment before being deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
Matthew always took time out to help others, both in social life and military; nothing was too big or small a challenge for him. He was a credit to his family and friends and is greatly missed by all who who knew him.
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We offer three amazing routes for you to ride, the Classic, Extreme and Ultra.
This 80 mile Grade 3 / ‘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?
Following the same route as the Classic until Stocksbridge, this Grade 4 route turns through Fox Valley and beginning the terrifying ascent of Pea Royd Lane, maxing out well over 20%.
Rejoining 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%.
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), this Grade 5 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 back towards Carlecotes, climb over Dunford Bridge, then get on to Woodhead Pass.
Coming down the 4 mile Woodhead descent, prepare to dismount your bike at the Holme Moss turning – a marshall may instruct you.
The Holme Moss ascent is 3 miles, and is not an easy proposition if the wind is not quite right. 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. 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 !!.