MORAY schoolgirl Maddison Hewkin is taking on a gruelling 10-mile charity cycle at an age where many are thrilled just to be able to ride without stabilisers.
Little Maddison, from Lossiemouth, is only six, but has been inspired by her cycling grandfather to pedal all the way from Elgin to her home town and back in aid of the Children 1st charity.
The St Gerardine Primary pupil’s longest cycle ride so far is five miles but on Saturday she is being sponsored to go double the distance, accompanied by her family.
“I will have to do a bit of training as at the moment I can only manage five miles but I am sure I will do it,” she said.
Part of her support team will be little brother Andrew (5), who has only just managed to go a bike without stabilisers but will do the final mile of his sister’s big challenge.
Their granddad Timothy Hewkin, from Elgin, got Maddison into cycling because he is always out on his bike himself.
And on hearing how friends of her family completed a 50-mile bike run for Children 1st, Maddison was keen to do something for the cause herself.
“She’s an outdoor girl and she is always very fit and active doing sports,” said grandmother Samantha Hewkin, who will also accompany Maddison on her cycle. “She likes to be down at the park on her bike or her scooter.
“Her aim was to raise about £300 but she has managed more than £500 so she is doing very well.”
Maddison’s dad Kyle won’t be able to cycle with her on the day but her mum, Charmaine Mclean and her partner Chris Clark will be there to support her.
Little Andrew also wanted to do a bit of the cycle, while youngest sister Chloe is just a little bit too young at two-years-old to join in.
The Children 1st charity Maddison is fundraising for works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.