Cyclist Peter put up for top award

Peter Ward, Coun John Shedwick, Coun Geoff Driver and Coun Carl Crompton, Mayor of Preston open the Guild Wheel
Peter Ward, Coun John Shedwick, Coun Geoff Driver and Coun Carl Crompton, Mayor of Preston open the Guild Wheel
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The cyclist who was the driving force behind creating the Guild Wheel has been put forward a top award.

Peter Ward MBE, 79, has been shortlisted for a British Cycling’s Local Cycling Heroes award.

The campaign aims to recognise cycling volunteers across the UK and Peter is just one of three people from the North West to make the shortlist.

He is being recognised for giving up his time and energy to create the 21 mile Guild Wheel route.

As well as being chairman of the Guild Wheel user group Peter is a member of the Ribble Valley Cycling Club, he has been riding bikes all his life and shows no signs of stopping.

Peter said: “It is quite pleasing if people think that you’re worth it.

“I have been a cyclist since I was a teenager and I was brought up that was well as taking a lot out of the sport that you should put a lot back in.” The Guild Wheel was opened in 2012 as part of the Guild celebrations and latest figures show it’s being used by eight thousand people a month.

Peter Haymes, British Cycling’s recreation manager for the North West nominated Peter , he said: “Without Peter’s enthusiasm and commitment, we might have had to wait another twenty years before it came to being.”

To find out how you can get involved and vote for Peter, visit goskyride.com.

Voting closes on Friday August 30. The individuals with the most votes will be crowned British Cycling’s Local Cycling Hero for their region in November.