82-year-old man completes millionth mile
An 82-year-old man who has become the first person in the UK to cycle a million miles has declared he has a million miles left to go.
Russ Mantle has kept meticulous log books of every ride he has completed in the past 68 years, completing an average of 14,700 miles a year.
The former carpenter and joiner, from Aldershot, Hampshire, completed his millionth mile to the cheers of well-wishers at the Canal Cafe at Mytchett.
Mr Mantle, a Cycling UK life member who started cycling in 1951, said: “One million – I feel the same.
“It’s just another milestone, I went through 700,000, then 800,000 and so on, it’s another milestone to pass a million to go on to 1.1, 1.2, and so on. I will probably finish up very close to two million by the time I die when I am 100.”
He added: “It was just natural progress, I knew I would get there one day.”