Peter swaps his shorts for a bike

Peter Grey
Peter Grey

Peter Grey, a 56-year-old Alnwick Harrier, is ditching his running shorts in favour of cycling as he gears up to do the Wooler Wheel 100km bike ride this Saturday.

Peter has not run since May this year due to a chronic upper hamstring attachment in both legs, which he’s had for nearly four years now.

He has been cycling for 12 weeks to build his fitness, but it’s debatable if he’ll get back to race fitness.

“I’ve run competitively for 27 years,” said Peter. “But this injury is grinding me down. I hope to race again, but I’m not 100 per cent sure I will be able, so cycling was a good option, as I can’t sit still.

“I’ve done two 60-mile rides, but mostly ride between 15-30 miles. It should be enough to do the Wooler Wheel.

“It has 4,830ft (1,470m) of ascent, which will be a challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to it. It could potentially be new sport for me, maybe!”