A husband who runs marathons dressed as a Stormtrooper geared up for a different kind of charity challenge.

Lee Brace, who takes on marathons all over the country, completed a 900-mile bike ride on a Raleigh Chopper - a child’s bike from the 70s.

The ride took off from John o’Groats in Scotland on August 21 and ended at Land’s End in Cornwall on Monday.

Lee, of Maldon, takes on the challenges in memory of his dad Chris, who died ten years ago, aged 62.

Lee said: “On the tenth anniversary year of losing my dad to cancer, I took myself to the edge of my mental and physical limits.

“I wanted to echo those courageous family members, friends, colleagues and all others who have either won or lost the battle with cancer.”

Lee’s wife Clare said: “The first day was quite tough for him, the winds were really strong and everybody wanted to take pictures with him as he’s in a Stormtrooper outfit which slowed him down quite a lot.

“He’s doing it to raise money for Cancer Research and Farleigh Hospice, both charities for cancer, as it’s really close to home.

“It’s ten years since he lost his dad to cancer and we’ve lost a few close friends to it as well.

“The reason behind doing it in a Stormtrooper costume is to raise as much money as he can in a short amount of time.”

The Star Wars costume went down a storm with passers by.

Lee’s aim was to raise £5,000 over the course of the race, but he quickly surpassed that number within the first day.

Clare added: “It’s been over the past 20 years he’s done various things like shaving his hair off and bleaching it blonde to raise money for cancer.

“I would just like to say we’re immensely proud of him, up until two years ago he’d never had anything to do with running and then one year ago he jumped in and took part in the London Marathon.

“Lee is a stubborn character and once he puts his mind to something, he just has to get it done.”

He will also take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle on Sunday, September 8.

To donate to Lee’s fundraising page, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runride_blackwhite.