Leo Hanley is busy selling the Guild Wheel to the people of Preston – and he doesn’t even live there.
The latest winner of our photographic competition discovered the joys of the 21-mile greenway by accident and is now telling locals to give it a go.
“I absolutely love it,” said the retired coachbuilder from Clayton-le-Moors near Accrington. “I try and get there once a week and do the full circuit on my mountain bike.
“When I first rode the Guild Wheel it opened my eyes. I’ve got friends who live in Preston and I’ve told them all about it. It’s really opened their eyes as well. What a great asset it is to the city. The people of Preston should be very proud to have such a wonderful attraction.”
Leo, 69, first learned about the Guild Wheel 18 months ago when he was out walking with a friend and stopped off at the Brockholes Visitor Village at Samlesbury.
“I noticed quite a few cyclists passing through and a few walkers and I was told they were tackling the Wheel,” he explained.
“I’d never heard of it and so I got a map from the centre and looked it up on the internet. We gave it a go soon afterwards and since then I’ve been hooked. It takes in some beautiful countryside and it’s a real pleasure to go round.”
Leo’s winning shot of trees in full blossom was taken with a mobile phone on a stretch of the Wheel near Preston Crematorium.
“I just thought it looked wonderful, stopped the bike and took the picture,” he said.
Leo wins a £50 prize and his picture will go into our Guild Wheel calendar for 2016. Send your photos as JPEG attachments, of least 1MB in size, to picture editor Iain Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, address and phone number.