82-year-old man com­pletes mil­lionth mile

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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.”

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