A STAMINA-sapping 38-hour bike challenge held in Troon was a big hit, with more than 50 cyclists pedalling their way to success.

Brothers Colin and Mark Fidler, who run Bikepost on Dundonald Road, organised a stationary cycle from midnight on September 8 until early afternoon on September 10 in aid of charity #BUYMSH to help build a brand new Malcolm Sargent House at a proposed site in Ayr.

Cyclists from clubs across Ayrshire, along with passers by helped clock up 1206 miles - more than 300 over the target.

Many donned fancy dress just for the occasion, with superhero costumes featuring prominently, including Captain America and Malky the Monkey.

And a party was held on the final afternoon to mark the end of the race and also the shop's first birthday.

Colin Fidler said: "Thanks to everyone for their support with buffets, dJ ing, gazebos. We smashed the target.

"We had about 50 cyclists involved. We had cars stopping on the street and they were turning around coming back with their bikers and turbo trainers, we had umpteen clubs even though there's a bit of rivalry between them, they all helped out and helped with DJ ing. The place was jumping on the Saturday, I was shocked at the amount of people who didn't even know us but they were coming in, battering in and just helping out. It was all community, all locals.

"In all about £850 has been raised and that's great when you consider it was really just bucket collections.

"We had anything from a couple of pence donations to tenners. Some were doing 50 miles and others were doing 100. A guy on a set of rollers did 80 miles.

"We are pleased at the turnout and those who helped us. There were people from all over, from the likes of Newton Mearns, Stranraer, Coylton and Prestwick to Ayr, it was good and we will organiser another event for the same charity. It was good we got the charity name out there."

Billy Herd, chairman of BUYMSH said: "The event was outstanding with the dedication of the bikers and the kids as well and the whole Fidler family. Thanks to the appeal committee for their support. We will do our best to build the beach house as soon as possible. At the moment we are doing architects drawings along with the report and will submit planning permission to South Ayrshire Council before the end of the year.

"We were overwhelmed, it's great when the community come together to support us. The local community support has been amazing, it's just over a year since when the committee was formed and we have raised £160,000.

"Once we get planning permission we can apply for grants and lottery funding. There has been a big increase of kids under five with cancer. People will be able to come from anywhere in the UK to the new Malcolm Sargent House for treatment and we are confident it will happen."