A CONNAH'S Quay duo will take on the biggest challenge of their lives in memory of their late friend.

Ian Doughty and Simon Hughes will cycle hundreds of miles to raise funds for a charity that saves young lives, in memory of their friend Gareth Roberts.

The pair met Gareth whilst on a cycling holiday in Majorca but he sadly died without warning, from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Ian Doughty told the Leader: "He was a genuinely lovely man, who dedicated his life to helping others as a paramedic. Back in the UK, whilst riding his bike, sadly he died without warning from an undiagnosed heart condition.

"Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions. With your donation, CRY can reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young.

"By supporting CRY you will help save young lives from these potentially fatal cardiac conditions.

"We are meeting all costs associated with the challenge ourselves, so you can be confident that every penny raised will go directly to support the brilliant work of Cardiac Risk in the Young."

The pair will be cycling Land's End to John O'Groats, which is over 900 miles.

They will set off on May 25 from Land's End in Cornwall, aiming to complete a sponsored ride of 950 miles in nine days and climbing 46,850 feet to arrive in John O'Groats - Scotland on June 3.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-hughes53 or https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lejogforcry.