Three Watford students have confirmed their place at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year after completing a rigorous selection process, cycling 5,880 miles, the distance from Heathrow to Japan, and raising over £700.

Jack Goldsworthy, Jay Uka and Eleanor Barrett began their epic cycle ride in mid-November 2013.

Cycling 1,960 miles each, the three students, aged 15 and 16, used every opportunity to clock up the miles, cycling to and from school as well as to Watford Leisure Centre Central, where they were granted free use of the gym.

The trio completed the majority of the distance on the static "Wattbikes" at the centre.

Jack, who attends Westfield Academy, said: "The whole process was very demanding but we are so excited to have been selected.

"We are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and are so grateful to the Everyone Active team who supported us the whole way through our cycling challenge, enabling us to complete the distance so quickly."

Jay and Eleanor attend the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools.