Get on your bike to help people with dementia.

Les Littler, 79, of Chipping Hill, has organised a charity cycle ride as part of his fundraising for charity Essex Dementia Care, which provides support to those with dementia and their care givers.

Mr Littler, who has run 60 marathons, said: “I a marathon runner pretending to be a cyclist, really. I injured my knee so I can’t really run any more, but I find that my knee doesn’t hurt when I’m cycling.

“I’ve been cycling for only a couple of years.”

Les estimated that so far he has raised about £10,000 for the charity and he hopes to raise another £1,500 at this cycle event.

“My wife has been in a home for two years and I like to raise money for the charity which has helped her.

“I’m really looking forward to the day. It’s the more the merrier.

“I have everything crossed that the rain stays away.”

The course is a 8.5mile route repeated nine times and it goes through Pebmarsh and Wickham St Paul.

The ride will take place on June 15 at Coda Systems, Oak Road, Little Maplestead, at 8:30am with registration taking place in Lobbs Cycles the day before the event.

There will be a food station at Spencers Farm.

Registration forms are currently in store in Lobb’s cycles, Halstead High Street.

People are also being sought to help with marshalling, signing in and out, and the food station on the event day. Call Lobbs on 01787 478888 for more information.