A 60-year-old man who walked his way back to health after a heart attack has become the face of Ordnance Survey maps.
Andy Lock had life-saving heart surgery two years ago and afterwards was told to lose weight and exercise more,
The international project manager began by exploring the footpaths near his Wavendon Gate home.
“I bought an Ordnance Survey map and found myself venturing further and further afield,” he said,
“Soon I was buying maps for all different areas and going out walking for hours every day.
“Now I’m totally hooked. Whenever I know I’m going somewhere the first thing I do is go online and order an Ordnance Survey map of the area. I think I’m hooked!”
Thanks to his long rambles, the dad-of-three is now fitter and slimmer than he’s ever been.
When he spotted the quest for ‘the face of Ordnance Survey maps’ on the organisation’s website, Andy sent in a photograph of himself “just for a laugh”.
He said: “I didn’t think anything of it – until I received a call inviting me to a photoshoot.”
He and five others posed in their walking gear and their photos have already appeared in advertisements and magazines.
Andy, sporting a fur hat, appears under the message ‘Make a Fresh Start’.
“I was surprised to be chosen but I must admit I’m dead chuffed about it,” said Andy.
“Nobody has recognised me yet when I’m out walking though. I’ll feel like a real celebrity if that happens.”
Ordnance Survey is a non-ministerial Government department.
It is one of the largest and oldest map producers in the world.