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Whittington youngster set to complete 200 mile charity cycling challenge

An eight-year-old girl from Whittington is getting ready to complete a challenge to cycle 200 miles for charity.

Isabel Holt

Isabel Holt

Isabel Holt has already covered 123 miles during the summer in aid of St Giles Hospice and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

She hopes to pass the 200 mile mark at the Cycle St Giles event on September 10.

“Last weekend I did a mini mud challenge and a couple of weeks before I completed a mini triathlon – I’m really excited to complete my challenge and raise lots of money for charity,” Isabel said.

Despite Isabel being too young to participate in the ride, her mum Nicola Holt will take to the saddle and will be joined on the route by her daughter to complete her 200 miles.

“We call her the quiet achiever,” Nicola said. “She’s racking up all these medals but whenever I ask her if she’s shown anyone she says no. She’s a very talented little girl but doesn’t like to shout about it.

“Isabel has always been active. She did a 26 mile challenge last year and this summer I joked about her doing 200 miles instead.

“But she was up for the challenge and here we are. I’m going back to work for a rest!”

Mum and daughter are expected to raise more than £500, which they will split between Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Nicola works and St Giles Hospice which has cared for a number of their relatives.

“Isabel’s Nanny Sue passed away at St Giles just before she was born so it’s a charity very close to my heart,” Nicola explained.

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