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Friends cycle 500 miles over five countries for charity

Teenagers take on challenging fundraiser

Henry Currie, Max Cotterill and Paul Cotterill begin their challenge

Teenagers from West Lancashire have fulfilled their ambition to ride through five countries in five  days.

Friends Max Cotterill and Henry Currie, both 14, teamed up for the daunting challenge of riding north from Bickerstaffe up through the Lake District and into southern Scotland as far as the ferry crossing at Cairnryan, then cycling down through Northern Ireland and the Republic to Dublin, back across the Irish Sea to Holyhead and then through Wales to England. 

Leaving after school on Friday, May 23,  the pair rode first to a campsite near Garstang before taking on the Lake District slopes the next day, including the fearsome 1,500ft Kirkstone Pass. 

Sunday saw a long cycle through the hills of southern Scotland as far as Newton Stewart, while Monday saw an early rise to climb the final hills before reaching the coast. Then they had a quick rest on the ferry to Belfast. 

After that, it was a short 50 miler to Newcastle on the east coast of Northern Ireland, followed by a climb past the breathtaking mountains of Mourne and into the Republic around midday. 

Another 50 miles of flatter terrain saw them dockside at Dublin for the return ferry, and a Wednesday morning push through Anglesey, over the Menai Bridge and back along the coast before a final turn to the Wirral and homeward bound.

The two were accompanied by Max’s dad, Paul.

Henry's mum Jeni said:"I am so proud of the boys for this wonderful achievement .  It was very tough but they rose to the challenge."

Max was raising money for his once-n-a-lifetime trip to Venezuela with Ormskirk School, while Henry and Paul raised money for WaterAid.

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