TEN sporty kids in Helensburgh missing out on their weekly fix of outdoor fun have walked a combined total of more than 500 miles in just over a week to keep their fitness levels up.

The 10 day challenge was set by Helensburgh Rugby Club's S1 coach Leigh Swain and the young players completed the task last Thursday, February 25.

The team, consisting of Dugald Adkins, Taelor Smith, Adam Reaney, William Mackay, Luke Gibrat, Sebastian Isle, Owen Lyell, Oscar Fury-Harland, Wiliam Doyle and Angus Caldwell, covered 1,100,000 steps - which equates to around 550 miles.

Ten youth rugby players took part in the challenge

Ten youth rugby players took part in the challenge

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Leigh said: "I set the S1 team the challenge while we're not allowed to train or play, to keep them motivated while home schooling.

"But it was also to help their mental health with what's going on, not seeing their friends and being stuck indoors, and to help the parents who are trying to juggle working from home with keeping their kids healthy.

"They had 10 days to do as many steps as possible and some were sitting at around 100,000 just a week in."

Owen Lyell with his prize

Owen Lyell with his prize

Owen Lyell won the challenge, amassing more than 190,000 steps, while Angus Caldwell and Sebastian Isle were not far behind.

The first place prize was a solo skills rugby ball which will allow Owen to train and practice his passing and catching skills alone without breaking any Covid restrictions.

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