A GROUP of cyclists will test their fitness in a gruelling charity mountain challenge.

Four members of Marsden Racers are getting ready to tackle the notorious Snowdonia range in north Wales through a one day 103 mile ride on June 12 featuring a massive 6,889ft of climbing.

And Steve Shaw, Ian Battarbee, Jason Chapman and Jack Pickering are all putting themselves through the pain to raise much-needed funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance , which has saved many lives in this area.

They aim to raise £500 to help keep the charity’s two helicopters, which serve five million people and are staffed by NHS paramedics, in the air.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Sinead O’Connor, Marsden Racer’s joint founder, said: “We will be celebrating two years as a club this year and have decided to participate in more charity events as a group.

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“When one of our regular cyclists, Steve Shaw, suggested the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as a cause for our first group fundraising event, we were more than happy to support.

“When you are regular users of the hills around the Colne and Holme Valleys, you see just how important this service is for both our local community and visitors to our area.

“We hope that it will also raise awareness of the great work that the YAA does.”

Steve, who volunteers as a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, added: “I was with the air ambulance on Saddleworth moor last year and it was great to see them in action.

“They rescued a critically ill person who was taken to LGI and their work resulted in a great outcome.”

To donate to Marsden Racers’ cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mruk-01