Spending the longest day of the year on a motorbike might seem like no hardship for some, but when the distance to be travelled is from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, even the hardiest biker might quail.

Stornoway man Martin Pitt is taking on the challenge, though, heading off today (Tuesday June 18th) to reach the mainland and join a group of bikers planning on doing the whole length of Britain in a single day.

The Longest Day Up challenge for Cancer Research will see 29 bikers set out from Land’s End at sunrise (around 4am) on Friday June 21st, the longest day of the year, planning to reach John O’ Groats, 1,021 weary road miles later by sunset –without using any motorway routes.

Martin is the only rider from the Isle of Lewis, and is already on his way to cover 775 miles on the long road south, before he can even start the challenge.

You can support Martin’s challenge via his Cancer Research fundraising page here

Picture shows Martin about to leave home this morning (Linda Pitt).