Peter is a great advocate of getting active outdoors and we caught up with him at one of Essex’s green gyms – equipment installed in outdoor spaces. 70 this year, and proud of it! Peter talked to us about his experience of keeping active.
“Growing up in the 50s there was minimal formal sport outside school. In the 60s I went to a grammar school where sport was much more formalised (& compulsorily) mostly rugby, cricket & cross country-which was my favourite. I was best described as enthusiastic rather than talented!
In my late teens sport played less & less importance as usual “distractions” presented themselves! There were periods of sporting activity, for example I represented the RAF in a cross country meet.
Sport became more important in my late 30s, I found a keep fit class run by the council and stayed with the trainer (an ex-boxer) when he left the council. I took up running again and did 3 London marathons (2 sub 4 hour gun times) and many half marathons.
When I moved to New Zealand I joined Auckland Joggers and really enjoyed myself and so on returning to the UK I joined The Striders and the MRG (Michele Running Group). I now compliment this with a Pilate’s reformer class once a week and Kettlebell 1-2 times per week.
I find the hardest part of training now is it takes longer to recover from injury & your times and performances aren’t what they used to be! I have 4 grandchildren (all under 10) which keep me active. My wife and I also travel a lot, frequently to Perth in Western Australia to visit my wife’s grandchildren and to Italy- to practice what I’ve learnt (or forgotten) in my Italian classes!