AN RAF serviceman will cycle 81 miles through the Scottish Highlands for charity.

Cpl Lee Robinson from Meltham will join the RAF cycling team next month in the Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia bike ride.

It will be the first time as many as 25 members of the RAF Cycling team will take part in the challenge.

Cpl Robinson, an aircraft electrician, said: “I’m delighted to be part of the RAF’s biggest ever cycling team event.

“It will be quite a sight when we’re all there on mass in our red, white and blues.”

With a record 3,500 people signing up to take part in Etape Caledonia, the growing popularity of the event has been fuelled by Britain’s Olympic cycling triumphs.

Director of Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland, Elspeth Atkinson, said:

“It’s amazing that these men are flying in from all over the world to take part in the race which we hope will raise around £150,000 for Macmillan.”

The race is on Sunday May 17.