Four women who got on their bikes and raised thousands for charity hope they can inspire others to do the same.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity will benefit from more than £10,000 thanks to their efforts.

Cath Blanchard, from Frodsham, Therese Hynes, from Neston, and Sue Wallace, from Connah’s Quay, rode from London to Paris in four days.

Fiona Barry, from Frodsham, also challenged herself to cycle between each National Trust property in Cornwall.

Fiona Barry, from Frodsham, cycled 270 miles between each National Trust property in Cornwall

All in their 50s, setting themselves a target had helped the friends get active again.

Cath said: “The training and the ride itself has been a life-changing experience. We are part of a whole different community now.

“It’s not just the sense of achievement. We are all 100% fitter now too.

“If a bunch of 50-something women can do it then anybody can do it.

“Clatterbridge are a fantastic charity who helped myself and Sue and the money can go a long way for them.”

Cath and Sue were also former patients at Clatterbridge which inspired them to raise funds for the charity, which supports cancer patients at their 10 sites across Merseyside and Cheshire.

They work alongside Therese for Cheshire East Council.

The plan to join the London to Paris ride was born last December.

An event running three times a year, it takes on 280 miles in four days with more than 100 cyclists taking part.

The Eiffel Tower provided the perfect place for Cath, Sue and Therese to celebrate after crossing the finishing line.

Their initial fundraising target of £5,000 was smashed by the final total of £10,000.

Fiona, a retired librarian, took on her challenge solo.

Planned and organised herself, her 270-mile route took her round the hundreds of National Trust homes and properties in Cornwall.

She also donated the money she raised to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.