Isle of Man schoolboy on 100 mile charity cycle ride

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Cameron Hawes
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Six-year-old Cameron Hawes will ride 100 miles in 10 days for charity

A Manx schoolboy is aiming to cycle 100 miles over the Easter holidays to raise money for three local charities.

Six-year-old Cameron Hawes will be clocking up his miles in a series of rides over 10 days.

Cameron, from Kirk Michael, starts his challenge on 11 April on Douglas Promenade and will be cycling at the National Sports Centre, the Heritage Trail and the old railway line.

When asked why he decided to take up the challenge, his mother Rosie Hawes said: "Basically he loves cycling. He's been riding for Ramsey BMX Club since he was three years old."

He is hoping to raise £900 in total, giving £300 each to three charities - Wish Upon a dream, The Manx Radio Dream Catcher Appeal and Royal London 360 Children's cycling league.

'Ice cream'

Cameron said: "I've done 13 miles in practice once so it's a big challenge.

"I'll be going 10 miles an hour all the way and afterwards I get an ice cream," he said.

Cameron is part of The Royal London 360 degrees Isle of Man Youth Cycling League, which supports nearly 600 local children annually, who range in age from three to 16.

The league runs between April and August each year and gives young cycling stars of the future the chance to compete in the UK and Ireland.

His mother Rosie Hawes said: "He initially wanted to cycle the 85 mile Parish walk course, after I did the walk. Obviously for safety reasons we came up with the Promenade, the NSC and the Railways lines as an alternative."

"We are hoping that we can get some local 'celebrities', like Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish, to join him on some of the rides."

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