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HARRISON CONQUERS THE HILLS KILLER CHALLENGE

Harrison Hendy (4) with father Paul Hendy - 14 September 14A four-year-old boy has become the youngest person to complete the gruelling Three Hills Killer which forms part of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival.

Harrison Hendy from Arreton, completed the 13 mile cross-country orienteering event in three hours, nine minutes and 16 seconds, achieving a faster time than some adults taking part. The event started at Chale Green and took riders over the downs via Wroxall, finishing in Lake.

The young cyclist was accompanied by his dad, Paul Hendy who is a keen cyclist himself. Paul and his wife Nadine have both completed the event’s toughest challenge, the 14 Hills Killer in previous years.

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Nadine Hendy, Harrison’s mum, said:

“We are so proud of Harrison and all he has achieved. Although he needed a bit of help up some of the hills he showed sheer determination throughout the ride.

“Harrison has grown up around bicycles as both Paul and I are keen cyclists. He absolutely loves cycling and he really enjoyed taking part in the Hills Killer event with his dad, I’m sure he’ll be back again next year.”

Harrison attended his first cycling festival event aged just 18 months, taking part in the Toddlebike Ride. He has taken part in the festival ever since, last year joining in the Three Hills Killer behind his dad’s bike on a trailgator attachment.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism, said:

“The cycling festival has rides to cater for all ages and abilities and I am delighted that it is inspiring the next generation of cyclists. Congratulations to Harrison for completing the event, he’s one very determined little boy – I’m sure we’ll be seeing him at the top of the leader board in years to come.”

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival runs until 28th September, full details of all of the rides can be found at www.isleofwightcyclingfestival.co.uk. Event programmes can be picked up at libraries, leisure centres, council buildings, bike shops and tourist attractions.

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