Mountain to climb for walking group

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AN over-50s walking group swapped the streets of Long Sutton for an altogether tougher trek during a Peak District adventure.

The Long Sutton Strollers are aged anywhere from their 50s to well into their 80s, but get together each week to cover between three and five miles in a bid to keep themselves active.

And they decided to put their fitness levels gained on those walks to the test by climbing the 1,000ft Mam Tor in Derbyshire.

The group was awarded a grant to organise their adventure from the Silver Spirit organisation which has been set up to help older people celebrate the London Olympics.

Group leader Vic George said: “Coming from such a flat landscape and with a lot of our group living in bungalows without even stairs to climb, it was quite a challenge.

“It was a very tiring day, but we all thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Mr George paid special tribute to Pam and Alf Loak, who are both in the 80s but managed the climb to the summit – holding hands most of the way.