How Guardian-reading over-70s are staying active | Letters

Sheila Hunt, Patrick Russell, Michael Shipman and Bob Hely respond to Christian Wolmar’s letter on his non-locked-down life

Re Christian Wolmar’s letter (8 June), at 84 my daily activity both during and after lockdown has been an hour’s walk with my dog. I am able to enjoy this partly because of knee replacements 15 years ago and partly because of a walk around where I live that is accessible to wheelchairs and anyone who has walking difficulties. It includes some lovely views and is partly along the banks of the Wear. I was part of a group that set this up years ago when, for me, a 10-mile walk was an every-weekend activity. Keeping active requires more that just wanting to.
Sheila Hunt
Wolsingham, County Durham

• I can’t match Christian Wolmar’s sporting prowess, but I am halfway through a master’s degree in history at Wolfson College, Cambridge. I am 71.
Patrick Russell
Ealing, London

• Christian Wolmar’s letter will doubtless provoke many geriatrics. I don’t have a book to promote, but when I was 72, me and my mate Keith cycled up the Rhine over a fortnight in extreme weather, covering up to 50 miles a day.
Michael Shipman
London

• On Sunday, I drove my wife to nine o’clock mass, then on to Asda for an hour’s shopping, then back home to sit in the garden for most of the day, reading with the occasional glass of wine. I am 78 in September.
Bob Hely
Broseley, Shropshire

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