AN air ambulance medic is among hundreds taking part in a charity bike ride.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance annual charity cycle is an 80 mile challenge where cyclists can raise funds for the cause.

Ronan Fenton, medical director at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, is taking part in the challenge around Colne Valley on Saturday April 28.

He said: "I’m a keen cyclist, and having seen a lot of Essex from the air, I am keen to see some of the beautiful countryside this area has to offer from the ground.

"Along with other members of my family I am really looking forward to taking part in this event, which starts just a couple of minutes pedalling away from our Earls Colne Airbase.

"It will be good to share the experience with many of the supporters on whom the charity depends."

Anyone can take part in the cycle and there is also a family friendly route of three miles as well as 20 mile and 50 mile options.

Jen Wall, volunteer and events lead at the charity said, "There is a route to suit everyone, from those who cycle only occasionally, to dedicated cyclists."

Registration is now open for anyone who wants to get involved at a cost of £17.50.

Under 14's can ride free.

To register visit