EIGHT former Keighley schoolmates who completed a length-of-Britain charity bike ride three years ago are saddling-up for a new challenge.

In 2017 they cycled in relay formation from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise cash for Dementia Friendly Keighley and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Now the group of ex-Oakbank students is taking on an even tougher test, again for dementia charities.

The pals, who are all in their 30s, are tackling a gruelling 550-mile ride through the Scottish Highlands.

Starting at Inverness in April, they will follow a road circuit which involves more than 11,400 metres of ascent.

Simon Wright – a major in the army – has planned the route and a training regime for the participants, who are now dispersed across Britain but have remained friends since leaving Oakbank.

Major Wright will be joined by Stu Burns, Rob Ellis, Adam Hargreaves, Craig Lawson, Tom Smith, Tom Schofield and Rowan Thewlis.

The cyclists, who chose to support the charities because one of their fathers has dementia, will be setting-up an online fundraising page.