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In November, octogenarian Russ Mantle became the first person in the UK to ride 1 million miles. The 82-year-old from Hampshire completed a five-mile trip from his Aldershot home to a cafe in Mytchett, Surrey, to reach the feat. Mantle rolled into Canal Cafe in Mytchett recording his millionth mile flanked by fellow cyclists.
104-year-old woman says continuing ed, dancing and positivity have kept her feeling young. Some say the secret to a long life is staying physically active, others say that it's maintaining a healthy diet. But 104-year-old Virginia Leitner, of St Charles, Missouri, says the real key is keeping up-to-date with the changing world and being creative. Leitner has taken classes to learn how to use a computer, sews, showcases her paintings and has even competed in a pageant.read more
Chilton resident Rod Alexander, aged 72, is planning to cycle 700 miles in seven days in memory of his wife Jacky, to raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Rod, who has lived in Chilton near Thame for the past 31 years, will complete the first 600 miles in six days around the undulating Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The final 100 miles will be completed on a static bike on Saturday July 27 th outside the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Shop in Thame where he volunteers two days each week.read more
'What keeps me going? My patients,' says France's oldest doctor at 98. After 70 years, Dr Christian Chenay still wants to help people in the ‘forgotten’ suburbs of Paris. Christian Chenay, who celebrated his 98th birthday last month, is France’s oldest practising doctor. “I couldn’t possibly give up work,” he said in his small consulting room in Chevilly-Larue after treating his final patients of the day, an unwell toddler and a woman suffering from high blood pressure.read more
90-year-old woman graduates and proves it’s never too late to study. One inspiring lady has proved that you’re never too old to pursue your dreams. Lorna Prendergast graduated from the University of Melbourne last week, at the age of 90. The Australian received her Master of Ageing degree at the awards ceremony, accompanied by her granddaughters.read more
This 80-year-old gymnast is probably more flexible than you! When you think about hobbies for the elderly, gymnastics probably isn’t high on that list. But Marjorie Scholes is defying all expectations and is still leaping, tumbling and balancing on the gym floor – at 80 years old. The grandmother only started gymnastics when she was 76, and this month she came second in the 2019 Adult Gymnastics British Championships – over 45s category.read more
With her eccentric style and quick wit, Iris Apfel was always destined for fame – even if it took more than eight decades to get there. "Retiring at an early age is a fate worse than death," says fashion icon Iris Apfel. And at 97, with no sign of slowing down, she's become a bit of an authority on the subject. "Just because you are older doesn't mean you have to stop living or working or roll up into a ball and wait until you pass on," she says.read more
Cycling the infamous Land's End to John O'Groats route is a tiresome and gruelling challenge for anyone. So for an OAP to be taking on the ride that's nearly 1,000 miles long is seriously impressive. But for 78-year-old Neville Maggs, who lives in Oadby and has already completed five Tough Guy challenges, 26 full marathons and has crewed in the Round the World yacht race, it's nothing too out of the ordinary.read more
Born during the First World War, an eagle-eyed pensioner is still inspecting planes at the age of 101. Although former pilot Ernie Horsfall can’t get insured to take the controls himself due to his age, he continues to run his eye over the machines to make sure they’ve been built properly. With over 3,000 hours flying experience, Ernie’s role with the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) sees him offer advice to aviators and acts as the ‘last line of defence’ before planes are signed off.read more
Janet has operated Blue Shadows Bed and Breakfast since 1988. While the house is a repository of memories and a gathering spot for her four children and their families, who are spread out around the country, it’s also become known as a home away from home for many guests.read more
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