For the last few years I’ve occasionally seen an old lady cycling along Westwood Heath Road on a bike with a shopping basket on the front, heading off to Tesco. She was a bit wobbly and not very fast, but still she got there and got back – a round trip of 5 miles or so. She looked about 80, and whenever I saw her I thought, “I hope I’m still cycling that well when I’m her age…”

I was told last night that she has just died. And she wasn’t 80 – she was 97! Astonishing, and most definitely inspirational. Westwood Heath Road won’t be the same without her.

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  1. I hope I’m still riding at 97! Great to hear people still cycling at that age.

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