John Peel (SH 42-47)
has sent an update to us:

“After a lifetime of high activity I am reduced to a wheelchair. After the normal school activities of rugby, running and athletics (I shared a ‘Victor Ludorum’ with George Park, who got his points running whilst I piled up field event points!), I followed the pattern at Sandhurst and then spent thirty  years of service in the Royal Engineers, serving in Hong Kong, Kenya, Christmas Island and Malaysia with exercises in BAOR. After this I came back to Cumbria and did ten years with BNFL. I also took up running and hill climbing. I have run four road marathons, seven Mountain marathons and several long distance challenges, including the ‘Jos Naylor Challenge’. I have completed the Munros and Tops, but increasing back trouble has finally caused me to give up. Our local running club has made me their Hon. President and I keep in touch with them. My wife Gill walked with me across Scotland doing the TGO Challenge three times, the last we did to celebrate our Golden Wedding in 2002 when we walked from Acharacle to St. Cyrus, Montrose. I’m paying for it all now - so is she - she has to push me!”

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