A team of cyclists rode from Burnley to south Cumbria to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The group of 25 individuals started at Burnley's Turf Moor on Thursday, May 16 before heading to Kendal.

They used the ride to raise money for the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal, a not-for-profit organisation set up in the name of the former Burnley FC chairman.

Mike Evans, a trustee of the appeal and one of the ride organisers, said: "The weather was good, we all managed to get on well and there were no fallings out!

"On Friday, we did a [200 mile] loop of the Lakes, with different routes for varying abilities which meant that everyone could take part."

The Mail: The riders were all smiles despite the marathon ride ahead of themThe riders were all smiles despite the marathon ride ahead of them (Image: Mike Evans)

The groups efforts have brought in £13,921 at the time of writing, smashing past the original target of £10,000.

During the ride, 14 volunteers remained in Burnley to also collect money during the side's final Premier League clash of the season against Nottingham Forest.

Barry Kilby was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2012, with the PSA test he received ultimately providing a life-saving diagnosis.

The Mail: There was even some time for showboating during the rideThere was even some time for showboating during the ride (Image: Mike Evans)

"Prostate cancer affects one in every eight men and the symptoms might not be seen without PSA tests," Mike explained.

"Since the charity started, at least 10,000 men have been tested and 10% of those had a raised PSA level, which could be a sign of prostate cancer."

Whilst the majority of riders live locally to Burnley, the Lake District was chosen as their destination for one reason - its beauty.

"We just wanted it to be a challenge and there's plenty of hills to tackle, and we knew it was going to be a nice place to stay.

"We had dinner at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and the whole team there were brilliant."

After last week's ride, Mike and the others have no intention of climbing off the saddle anytime soon.

He added: "There's a Benedictine liqueur that's grown to be really popular in Burnley and it's brewed in Northern France.

"We were originally planning to go before Covid hit but now we'll definitely be trying to get that in our calendars once again to hopefully raise even more money."

You can still donate to the group's 'Lakeland Adventure' here.