A PAIR of Saltcoats twins have run 100 miles for charity.

Emy and Lola Finnigan set themselves a 100-mile summer running challenge and look set to complete it this weekend.

The eight-year-olds are raising money for local young people living with mental illness.

And this isn’t their first running challenge – in the summer of 2018 the plucky pair ran 40 miles to raise funds for the Romanian Perrera Dog Charity who rescued their dog Izzy.

Their mum Stephanie said: “The girls had seen some coverage on the news, television and movies about young people who self-harm or have difficulties with school or friendships and it led to some interesting conversations.

They wanted to know how they could help and as running is their favourite thing, they thought it would be the best way for them to fundraise.”

Emy and Lola have been members of North Ayrshire Athletics Club since they were three-years-old and have run an average of two miles every day this summer at the Club, the local Jacks Road Junior Park Run on Sunday’s and helping their mum to walk the dogs.

Stephanie added: “They run everywhere, we can’t keep up. They even ran when we climbed Goatfell last year.

"Even running 100 miles hasn’t slowed them down. We’re really proud of the cause they’ve chosen and how hard they’ve worked to raise funds, never missing a day even when the weather has been awful.”

The girls were aiming to raise £300 but have already topped that and are hoping for some more donations as they run the last three miles of their summer challenge at the Eglinton Park Run this Saturday. People have been so very generous, it’s a fantastic cause”. Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephanie-finnigan-1to donate.