A TEAM of intrepid fundraisers put their best feet forward to help a sick youngster.

A total of 21 took part in an Iron Man challenge to raise money for little Nathan Howarth, who suffers from a rare genetic illness.

Keep-fit enthusiast Dougie Ainsworth, who works at Peter Hunt's bakery in Kearsley, persuaded some of his colleagues to join him in the challenge, as well as inviting other volunteers, including regular athletes and complete beginners.

The team cycled from the bakery on the Lyon Road industrial estate to the base of Rivington Pike before racing up the hill on foot and then cycling back to Kearsley.

They have raised at least £400 for Nathan, from Great Lever, who suffers from the potentially fatal illness, fanconi anaemia.

Mr Ainsworth, aged 40, said: "It was a fantastic day. Everyone had a belting time. In fact, it was a such a success that we might try to make it an annual event."

FLAG BEARER: Little Nathan Howarth waves his chequered flag to start the Iron Man challenge fundraising event