AN ultra-tough mountain bike challenge is to be held in Huddersfield on Sunday – and people still have plenty of time to enter.

The fourth gruelling Colne Valley Mountain Bike Challenge has previously attracted mountain bikers from all over the country.

It used to be 26 miles long, but this year that has been increased to 30 through the heart of the Last of the Summer Wine and Where the Heart Is country.

Riders will be confronted with a mixture of punishing off road terrain, local roads and lanes.

Riders are travelling from Scotland, Preston, Grimsby and Birmingham to take part.

It is organised by 41-year-old Jonathan Brook, who lives in Golcar.

He said: “Already 130 riders have confirmed they are taking part, but there is room for many more so people are more than welcome to enter all this week and even on the day. The route is even more off-road this year and we are especially grateful to Johnsons Wellfield Quarries and Yorkshire Water.’’

It is open to anyone aged 12 or over, but under 16s must be supervised at all times by an adult.

The money raised will be split between the 39th Parkwood Scout Group and Leymoor Cricket Club in Golcar.

The riders will set off from Parkwood Methodist Chapel at 9am.

The challenge was first run in 2004 and the route takes in Outlane, Scapegoat Hill, Pole Moor, Cop Hill, West Slaithwaite, Tunnel End at Standedge, Pule Hill, the Wessenden Trail, Linthwaite and Bolster Moor.

The course will takes the riders between two and six hours to complete.

The event is based at Leymoor Cricket Club which is behind the Walkers Arms off Leymoor Road in Golcar.

The entry fee is £15 in advance or £18 on the day. Forms are available from most bike shops and the Marsden Information Point or can be downloaded from