Time and time once more we’ve seen that age is not any barrier to attaining your goals, and one lady who has proved this to be true is Mavis Paterson from Dumfries and Galloway.
The 81-year-old grandmother this month turned the oldest lady to cycle the Gran-d-Tour, the 960-mile (1,540km) experience from Land’s Finish to John O’Groats, battling by the ache of osteoarthritis to finish her superb feat.
The problem is in reminiscence of her three grownup kids who died 4 years other than one another; Sandy in 2012, Katie in 2013 and Bob in 2016 – all of whom have been of their forties.
Setting off on the Could twenty fourth – alongside her good friend Heather Curley – she used grit, willpower and a complete lot of pedal energy to steam her option to the ‘end line’ on Saturday June twenty second.
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Mavis smashed by her fundraising goal of £20,000 for Macmillan Most cancers Help – a charity that has been available to help Mavis after her mom and sister died of the illness.
In complete she raised greater than £60,000 kilos for the charity, with greater than 1,861 supporters donating to the fund who left inspiring messages of encouragement on the Simply Giving (opens in new tab) web page:
One wrote, “Nice achievement Mavis, I’ve carried out a couple of issues up to now however that is outstanding – nicely carried out to you and your help staff.”
Whereas one other added, “Inspirational feat of endurance. Surprising to assume that the incidence of most cancers (opens in new tab) analysis within the inhabitants is now 1 in 2. Each penny counts for analysis and McMillan providers. Effectively carried out Mavis.”
On the devoted Fb web page for the problem she instructed her followers and nicely wishers, “It’s arduous to seek out the phrases now. After three weeks of an completely unforgettable journey. We did it.”
Talking to the BBC Scotland information web site after ending her cycle, she mentioned she was very drained, earlier than including, “I really feel now it’s throughout I’m like ‘what now?’
“The entire journey was very tough for me. It was arduous, however I’ve bought his hearth in my stomach, and I maintain urgent on.”
This isn’t the primary time Mavis – who has been biking since 1991 – has taken to 2 wheels within the title of a very good trigger.
Final 12 months she took half in a 24-hour cycle problem round North Rhins on the outskirts of Stranraer, within the northwest of Scotland.
Mavis, we salute you!