A rugby league player has cycled the equivalent distance between the pro clubs he has played for in 14 days for charity.

Former Whitehaven RL player-coach and current Barrow Raiders star Carl Forster has cycled 630 miles on a static bike, traversing a virtual route of seven pro clubs.

Forster said: “I wanted a challenge and I wanted to make it unique, personal to me.”

The trip included his hometown, St Helens, Rochdale Hornets, Swinton Lions, the formidable London Broncos and Salford Red Devils, finishing in Cumbria with Whitehaven RL and Barrow Raiders.

The distance between the Rochdale Hornets and London Broncos clubs alone was 204 miles.

Forster admitted that he underestimated the endurance test.

“I am good on a bike, I’ve had a few shoulder operations in my time so I’ve spent a lot of time on them but I didn’t quite realise how difficult it would be from day five onwards, he admitted.

Forster has always lived in St Helens, and made the trip to Whitehaven three times a week when he played here. In spite of this he called the latest endurance test the hardest thing he has ever done.

He has smashed his £500 fundraising target on JustGiving, raising £1,735. The funds will support the Willowbrook Hospice, in St Helens.

Forster said: “It’s all for a good cause. In the difficult times that are going on at the minute, they need the help more than ever."

He completed the virtual journey from his home on Friday with the support of teammates, old and new.

“A lot of the Barrow lads were really generous with donations, I’m very thankful for all the support.”

Coinciding with his seven clubs challenge, Forster offered up his Whitehaven RL league winning player's shirt in a raffle. Fans donated £5 to enter, with proceeds contributing to his total fundraising.

To support Forster’s fundraiser, search Carl’s 7 Club Cycle on JustGiving.