Bike ride’s so nice young Witney cyclist's doing it twice

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MOST people would feel satisfied if they got to the finish line in a cycling event.

But that’s not enough for a seven-year-old from Witney, who plans to cycle double the length of the eight-mile Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle today.

Samuel Elliott, a pupil at Ducklington Primary School, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK and for the Fetal Medicine Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital via Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds – causes close to his family’s heart.

His grandmother Pat O’Neil, 71, from Eynsham, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009 and he lost his sister Millie when she was stillborn in 2010.

Samuel said: “The main thing is that I just keep going on the ride and raise as much money as I can.

“I’m feeling nervous about it but I will try my best.”

Samuel will join 50,000 cyclists riding a traffic-free route through central London, organised by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership and London’s Mayor Boris Johnson.

Samuel has raised £1,120 to date through his Virgin Money Giving page.

His mother Paula said: “I’m really proud of him and I’m quite surprised with the donations – we’ve had people contribute from as far away as Dubai.”

Samuel has been cycling five-mile routes through Witney with his dad Shaun for months to practise.

Mr Elliott, 40, a paramedic, will ride alongside his son and said: “It’s brilliant that he is doing it and we’re all very excited.”

To donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com and search for Samuel Elliott.

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