TWO friends got on their bikes to cycle more than 100 miles in one day in aid of a very important cause.

Friends Charlie Wilson and Tom Coates, from Sutton, took on a 120-mile course from St Helens all the way to Anglesey.

The 19-year-olds departed from the Mill House pub and cycled all the way to Trearddur Bay in Anglesey.

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Charlie and Tom set to go

Their feat is in aid the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), an organisation they wanted to help in particular.

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Tom's auntie, Sheena Coates passed away aged 45 in 2014 after having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease the previous year.

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Sheena Coates

With the friends being big rugby league and Saints fans, the diagnosis of former Great Britain international Rob Burrow with MND last December also spurred them on to take on the challenge.

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Charlie (left) and Tom

The former Sutton Academy students, who have been friends since nursery, were originally planning to take on the trek in April but due to the coronavirus lockdown had to wait but managed to finally take on the challenge last Saturday (September 12).

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"It was hard work, even for me and I was just driving the route," said Charlie's mum Donna.

"It took them 15 hours and 20 minutes, including an hour and 35 minutes in stops.

"They were tired at the end. It was around 10.30pm, they were shattered but glad they did it."

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She added: "They had decided to do it and when Rob Burrow was diagnosed they were wanting to do it for that as well.

"Rob actually retweeted them which was lovely."


They have already smashed their £1,000 target with more than £2,200 already raised.

See here to donate.