‘He was a great friend and I shall miss him’

Macclesfield Express - - TEACHER CYCLING TRAGEDY - BY STU­ART GREER

CY­CLING friends of Guy Whar­ton have paid trib­ute to him.

Andy Pod­more, friend and owner of spe­cial­ist bike shop Mac­cy­cles on Jor­dan­gate, met Guy in 2003 and they went rid­ing count­less times.

He said: “Guy had a phe­nom­e­nal ap­petite when it came to the things in life he had a pas­sion for, fam­ily, teach­ing and rid­ing his bike.

“It’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say he would ride ev­ery night, some­times as late as 10pm to fit in around his fam­ily and work com­mit­ments, al­ways in the hills be­cause he loved them, not to boast or pub­lish his data on so­cial me­dia – he didn’t even have a bike com­puter – al­ways just to go and ‘bash out a few miles in the hills’.

“He was a su­per-fit in­di­vid­ual, his climb­ing abil­ity on a bike was un­be­liev­able un­til you saw him go – in­spi­ra­tional.

“Guy made me laugh, made me think, his sci­ence dis­cus­sions and life in gen­eral, and was an in­spi­ra­tion on the bike.

“What more could you ask for?

“He was a great friend and I shall miss him dearly.”

Dozens of friends are plan­ning to ride from Bolling­ton on July 31 at 2pm in re­mem­brance of Guy.

One of those at­tend­ing is Bhima Bow­den, from Mac­cles­field, who met Guy in 2010.

The pair went from strangers, pass­ing each other on the Cat and Fid­dle, to firm friends.

Bhima said his favourite story of Guy was from Septem­ber 2014.

He said: “The full moon was just rising over Bux­ton while the sun was set­ting back in Mac­cles­field; an al­most cin­e­matic sport­ing arena.

“I re­mem­ber him com­ing past me on a bat­tered old moun­tain bike with a big grin while I was on a fast speed-ma­chine.

“I was huff­ing and puff­ing to keep up – that mo­ment says it all.

“It wasn’t about ex­pen­sive bikes for him, it was about the en­joy­ment.

“He didn’t care about heart-rate, body weight or power out­put.

“He mea­sured him­self on how much fun he could have.

“Al­ways so happy to be on his bike, this en­thu­si­asm was con­ta­gious, even more so when I re­alised he was al­ways go­ing so hard be­cause he was in such a rush to get home and put the kids to bed and tell them of his ad­ven­tures be­fore it got too late.

“He re­vealed that he wanted to get them out rid­ing with him and I re­ally hope this doesn’t put them off be­cause those evenings out were a mas­sive con­trib­u­tor to his pas­sion for life.

“Bux­ton Road is our ter­ri­tory and so, while his fi­nal ride be­ing up there is so tragic, I can safely say he would have felt on top of the world on that warm evening.”

●● Guy with pal Andy Pod­more, top, and a flo­ral trib­ute at Tyther­ing­ton High School, above

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