Fund launched following sudden death of “legendary” Catterick Village mountain biker Andy Parks

A fund launched following the sudden death of builder and expert mountain bike rider Andy Parks has raised more than £6,000.

Tributes have flooded in for the father-of-two who died on Monday aged 41.

Andy, who was known as Parksie, was living in Barton, but was originally from Catterick Village.

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Andy has been described as a legend of the mountain bike community.

He was sponsored by Richmond company Arthur Caygill Cycles originally and went on to ride for MBUK magazine and several bike manufacturers.

Andy, who was known for his downhill skills, competed in the World Cup series in the 1990s and got into the Great Britain squad for the World Championships in 1996.

He was behind the campaign to bring a BMX and mountain bike track to Catterick Village, a facility which has benefited many local children since its launch in 2011.

Catterick Village resident Kelly Jeffrie, whose husband Chris was close friends with Andy, said he would be missed by many people.

“He was just the coolest man ever.

“He really would do anything for anyone. He was kind, gentle, considerate – he never said a bad word about anyone and nobody said a bad word about him.”

Kelly has launched a fund to help pay for Andy’s funeral, with any money left over going to his children.

Many other tributes to Andy have been paid on social media.

One friend said: “One of the most kind, genuine, easygoing blokes I’ve ever had the pleasure of being able to call my friend.”

Another tribute said: “A true gent, a true legend, a tragic loss. Your legacy will live on in all of us who you inspired.”

Popular mountain bike YouTube channel Pinned TV posted on its Facebook page: “We at Pinned TV are so gutted to hear about the passing of MTB legend Andrew Parks (Parksie) – one of the original carefree all-round rippers.

“Our next show will be in his memory, so any of ours and Parksie’s old mates, please send us some stories from back in the day. We are sure there are plenty, as Parksie was one wild dude.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to a report of the sudden death of a 41-year-old man at a property in Barton, Richmond at 1.10pm on Monday 8 May 2017.

“Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”

The funeral, which will be held at a date still to be announced, will be followed by a wake at Catterick Village Social Club.

To donate to the fund click here.

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