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Cycle club deaths inquest awaited
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The crash happened on the A547 Rhuddlan Road near Abergele

On the first anniversary of a crash which killed four members of a cycling club, relatives say they are still awaiting an inquest into the accident.

Rhyl Cycling Club members Thomas Harland, 14, Maurice Broadbent, 61, Dave Horrocks, 55, and Wayne Wilkes, 42, died near Abergele in January 2006.

Club president Bill Twigg said it was a loss "deeply and keenly felt by all".

The crash happened on the A547 Rhuddlan Road near Abergele, near the start of a 60-mile (97km) training run.

Motorist Robert Harris, 47, lost control after skidding on black ice and collided with the group of 12 cyclists.

Mr Harris was fined in August for having three defective tyres at the time of the crash, but magistrate Llion Williams said this was not a "contributory factor" in the "tragic accident".

Pictured clockwise: Thomas Harland, Wayne Wilkes, Maurice Broadbent, Dave Horrocks
Bill Twigg said the loss was "keenly felt by all"

The inquests into the four cyclists' deaths have not been held yet and club president Bill Twigg said there could not be "full closure" until then.

North East Wales coroner John Hughes last month criticised the delays in obtaining gritting records, which have prevented him from holding the inquest.

Mr Twigg wrote on the club's website: "The awful news that four riders of the 12 out on that Sunday's club run had been killed by an out-of-control car gradually filtered through the club, passed from one stunned member to another."

He said the four who died were "some of the club's most popular and active members" lost to the "ever-present danger" from motor vehicles.

Messages of condolence were sent from cycling clubs around the world, which Mr Twigg described as the "worst loss of life in cycling memory".

A week after the tragedy, Rhyl Cycling Club held its usual Sunday ride as a memorial to the deaths and the tribute was echoed by clubs across the UK, with many cyclists wearing black armbands.

Mr Twigg said the loss of club chairman Mr Broadbent in the crash had been a "heavy blow", as he had done much to build up member numbers.

Cardiff cyclists' tribute
Cycling clubs wore black armbands on tribute rides

A new chairman - Mr Broadbent's son Alan - was appointed in February 2006 and the "long haul back from the tragedy" began, he said.

Mr Twigg added: "Though there is still much to do, and the story is not yet over, the club is back in full operation.

"The members' determination, and the warm and welcome support received from so many sources - for which the club is deeply grateful - have borne fruit.

"The baton which Maurice carried has been picked up from where it fell, and is being carried forward into a new future."


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