Pedalling health benefits of Preston’s Guild Wheel

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All roads lead to Preston’s celebrated Guild Wheel as thousands make a New Year’s “revolution” to get fit at the start of 2015.

Preston’s 21-mile orbital greenway is taking a pounding from two wheels and two feet as revellers battle to rid their waistlines of the after-effects of Christmas turkey, plum pudding and the occasional shandy.

The Guild Wheel near to the Ribble Link Canal at Savick

The Guild Wheel near to the Ribble Link Canal at Savick

And the people behind the award-winning fitness trail are hoping the New Year newcomers will become all-year-round regulars as popularity continues to soar.

“At this time of year people set out with the intention of losing weight and getting fit,” said Guild Wheel co-founder Peter Ward. “But sometimes an hour in the gym can feel like forever.

“Getting out in the fresh air on a bike, jogging or walking in countryside like we have on offer around Preston can be much more enjoyable.

“I know a number of people who say they have set out with a New Year’s resolution to lost weight and have done it without hardly noticing because it’s been such a pleasure to get out there and enjoy the views.

“As a former international cyclist, I have always said one of the best ways to get fit is to do something you enjoy doing. And the feedback we get is that thousands are really enjoying the Guild Wheel.

“It might be more difficult to motivate yourself to get out in winter. But when you get one of those crisp, sunny days it’s a real delight.”

We sent out snappers Ian Robinson and Neil Cross to capture some of the Guild Wheel’s users over the New Year break. But if you have taken a photograph of any part of the circuit at any time of the year, then why not enter our monthly Guild Wheel Photo Competition?

In conjunction with the Guild Wheel Users Group, we are offering a cash prize and the chance to have your shot included in a special edition calendar for 2016.

Send your photos as JPEG attachments, of at least 1MB in size, to picture editor Iain Lynn at iain.lynn@jpress.co.uk, along with your name, address and phone number.