Heart attack led to fitness regime

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A COUNCIL worker who almost died of a heart attack at the age of 36 has celebrated the 10th anniversary of his recovery – by cycling 185 miles across gruelling countryside.

Superfit Pete Roberts, who works as a city neighbouring partnership manager, rode with three colleagues from Morecambe to Bridlington.

The trek, which took them across the hills of the Yorkshire Dales, has raised more than £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

After doctors helped him survive his cardiac arrest, Pete took part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme through the BHF to help him become fit and healthy.

Since then he and his colleagues have completed a whole series of sponsored challenges to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

These include half marathons and the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

“By putting ourselves through this we hope to raise a great deal of money for this life-saving and life-changing charity,” he said.

He described the steep hills at the start of the latest 185 mile cycle as “very tough “for the first couple of days.

“I knew it would hurt and am so glad my friends were around to help me get through it.

“We all enjoyed celebrating the 10th anniversary with a cool glass of champagne.”

Pete and his team were supported by two friends driving hire vehicles provided by RGR Garages of Cranfield.

Pete is pictured above with fellow council workers Shaun Greig, Wayne Turner and Chris Carvell.