YOUNG cyclist Luke Johnson, nine, has raised more than £200 for charity in a 27-mile bicycle challenge.

Luke, a Year Four pupil at St Mary's Primary School, Chippenham, took part in the Wiltshire Heart Cycle to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

The challenge began at Lydiard Park, Swindon, and followed a circular route around the town.

Luke was the youngest person to complete the circuit, which he did in just over four hours. His uncle rode with him.

"It turned out to be an endurance test due to the very high temperature on Sunday," said Luke's mother, Rose Johnson. She said he was determined to complete the race and to help a good cause by raising as much money as possible.

The ride followed the hugely successful London to Brighton challenge last month, in which more than 27,000 cyclists took part.