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Ormskirk schoolboys prepare to take on 215 mile cycle challenge

Sam Walton and Joseph Morrow are planning to bike from Southport to Hornsea

Sam Walton and Joseph Morrow prepare to take on the cycle challenge

Two Ormskirk schoolboys are attempting a charity bike ride along the Trans Pennine Trial to mark the end of their exams.

Sam Walton and Joseph Morrow attend Westhead Lathom St James School near Ormskirk, and will embark on the 215 mile challenge following the completion of their SATs.

The 11-year-olds will set off from Southport during May half-term and will cycle to Hornsea in East Yorkshire, hoping to cover 30 miles  each day.

Their families will be there to cheer them along the route, which is  mostly off-road and is largely made-up of canals, riversides, disused railway lines, minor roads and  cycle paths.

Sam, whose family hails from Hornsea, said: “We always  go across the M62 to see my Grandma and Grandad.

“So when my mum told me about the Trans Pennine Trail I thought it would be cool to bike there for a change.”

The boys are raising money through sponsorship and will split the funds  between their primary school and the Pearl of Africa Child Care.

The charity, which supports seven schools and homes in Uganda, provides education, food, shelter and healthcare to orphaned and destitute children.

Joseph, who has already raised around £400 for the charity, said: “The choir from the school have visited our school   many times.

“We love listening to the choir and hearing about how the children live in Africa – it makes us realise how lucky we are.”

Proud mum Catherine Walton, said: “I know the boys have been apprehensive about the steep hills across the Pennines, so we've been practising going up hills at Ashurst Beacon.

“They know it will be a challenge, but they're ready to take it on.”

The boys, who are members of Ormskirk Lathom Scouts, are hoping the cycle will also help them earn some more Scout badges.