An 11-year-old boy has cycled over 100 miles for charity in just one day. Anthony Hay from Fordoun cycled from his grandparents’ house at Crook of Devon to Fordoun in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
The event took place on Saturday 21 July and Anthony and his dad Richard cycled 106 miles in 11 hours. They made nine pit-stops along the way and had to stop for some bike maintenance when Anthony’s gear cable broke and he tumbled bashing his knee.
However Anthony took it like a man and fought through the pain. He powered on with determination to complete his monstrous 106 miles. His eight year old sister Charlotte joined the cycle for the last four miles to keep their dad company since Anthony got a burst of energy and sprinted to the end.
His mum Pauline said: “It was very exciting and emotional as he approached the end of his cycle with both determination and relief on his face. He was exhausted and very sore on the Saturday evening, but running around as usual the next day!”
Anthony had great support along the way as his Uncle Kev came all the way from London to support him and both sets of Grandparents were involved in feeding and watering them along the way.
Anthony chose to raise money for two charities as they are both very close to his heart. Anthony chose Cancer Research UK as two of his grandparents have been affected by cancer and he chose the Scottish Wildlife Trust because he loves wildlife.
So far Anthony has raised an impressive £1100, which is more than double his target of £250 for each charity.
Mrs Hay said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind donations, including the family en route who donated their car boot money and the fisherman who had to squeeze by our vehicle to go fishing!”.
Tour-de-France next Anthony?