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Three rugby league stars swapped scrums for saddles this month as they took to their bikes to raise money for a local heart failure charity.

Tony Tonks, Adam Robinson and Pete Emmett, of Halifax RLFC, took on the 145-mile ride from Wakefield to Bridlington and back again on the 9th and 10th of January.

They were cycling for Heartbeat for Sport, which aims to tackle sudden cardiac arrest in sportmen and women.

In 2009, promising Wakefield Wildcats player Leon Walker, from Morley, collapsed and died while playing in Wales.

This prompted the three men to sign up for the bike ride, which could raise up to £2000.

Emmett was a late replacement for the injured Scott Murrell, and despite some early problems, the trio finished ahead of their target of 16 hours.

Mr Tonks said: “Raising awareness of SCA is massive. The research we have done shows that clubs haven’t got the equipment or people who know what they are doing with it.

“Our job is to raise the profile and get people passionate about the charity.”