“I wanted to get an iPad for the school”

Georgina May Rooke
Georgina May Rooke

This little five-year-old keen to earn walking medals like her grandad completed a tough 10k trek - and raised money for her school to buy an iPad.

Inspired by her grandad’s collection of about 350 walking medals, Georgina May Rooke, from Owmby by Spital, decided she too would like one to put on display.

For months, determined Georgina May pestered grandad Chris Thornburn until he finally agreed to take her on a 10k walk in Market Harborough.

Grandad Chris had been nervous his young granddaughter would not be able to cope with such a demanding, hilly walk - but he underestimated her tenacity.

Chris said: “She’s inspirational.

“Everyone was clapping and cheering for her at the finish.

“And then she spent the next hour in the play park, she wasn’t tired out at all - but I was knackered.

“I was dreading that maybe she had bitten off more than she could chew - in the end she was the one happy and smiling and running about and I had had enough for the day.”

Chris, who takes part in walks throughout Europe, thinks Georgina May is going to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “She loved it. Now she’s got the bug, she keeps saying ‘when are we going again?’.”

Georgina May completed the walk in three-and-a-half hours and is now an honorary member of her grandad’s walking club. She got her medal and won a trophy for being this year’s youngest walker.