A BARNSLEY-BASED charity cycling squad endured a 12-hour ride to complete a 160-mile challenge that took in three countries.

Team Cystic Fibrosis is the only charity cycle racing team in the country and was founded by former international rider Martin Dainty, of Racecommon Lane, Barnsley.

He was joined for the 'WES Challenge' earlier this month by 13 other cyclists from the squad who left Flintshire, North Wales at 5.30am, cycling through Warrington, Wigan, Kendal and Carlisle before reaching their final destination of Gretna, Scotland at 5.30pm.

So far the lads have raised more than £5,700 for their charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and thanked everyone for their donations and support.

The team was set up by Martin to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as his eight-year-old daughter Molly has the genetic condition, which affects the lungs and digestive system.

He said due to advances in treating the disease, Molly and other sufferers can enjoy a quality of life that wouldn't otherwise be possible without 'the dedicated work' of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.