If she completes the 960-mile ride, the grandmother will become the oldest person to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and will enter the Guinness Book of Records!

The pensioner’s cycle ride is motivated by her children, who were all aged in their 40s when they died suddenly within four years of each other.

Her son Sandy died first of a heart attack in 2012, then her daughter Katie got viral pneumonia and died in 2013. This was followed by her son Bob’s death in an accident in 2016.

The grief she experienced three-fold, prompted her to get out of the house and get on her bike to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mavis Paterson has said: “It’s impossibly hard going from being part of a family of five to being alone, but taking on challenges like this that keep me going.”

Ms Paterson, who lives in Dumfries and Galloway, is “very grateful” to the Macmillan Fundraising Committee in Stranraer, where she lives, for always backing her “daft ideas”.

Mavis is an example of willingness and motivation to excel oneself and a great spirit of overcoming. We wish her all the luck!