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Grand walk for rambler Frank

The Wednesday Rambling club gather at Sheffield Train Station ahead of their walk near Leeds which marks Frank Hanson's 100th Ramble.

The Wednesday Rambling club gather at Sheffield Train Station ahead of their walk near Leeds which marks Frank Hanson's 100th Ramble.

A veteran Sheffield rambler has walked 1,000 times – and he would walk 1,000 more.

Frank Hanson, aged 88, has pulled on his walking boots for the 1,000th occasion as a member of the Wednesday Rambling Group.

The Gleadless grandfather, the club’s oldest member, joined after he retired in 1990 and has kept a record of every walk he has been on ever since.

Now he has notched up 1,000 treks by joining fellow members on an eight-mile ramble around Outwood, West Yorkshire.

Frank, of Charnock View Road, said: “I’d heard about these walkers - they used to meet in Fitzalan Square.

“I retired on the day before my 65th birthday in February 1990 and I got around to going down to Fitzalan Square on March 7.

“I worked indoors for most of my working life so I enjoyed the walk and carried on with them from then on.”

Fellow rambling group member Peter Kettleborough, said: “He did a 10-and-a-half mile walk a couple of weeks ago. Some of us young ones can’t keep up with him.

“He is a tremendous bloke. He’s had skin cancer and all sorts, but when you walk with him he is singing away or reminiscing about the war.

“For an 88-year-old man, he is absolutely tremendous.”

Apart from a three-year spell in the Royal Navy, Frank was a block maker for all of his working life.

He spent 30 years at Hides and Speirs in Sheffield before going on to print newspapers and commercial journals in Rotherham.

In addition to his rambling, Frank also volunteers once a week with Sheffield Council’s parks and countryside team, putting up fences, planting trees and making stiles.

He lives with wife, Betty, 87, and they have two children and three grandchildren.

Founded in 1968, the Wednesday Rambling Group for retired men takes to the hills every Wednesday, whatever the weather.

Ernest Batty, club coordinator, said: “No matter what the weather is they go out walking regardless.

“If there’s a blizzard or a heatwave they still jump on a bus or a train and, after seeing nature as it really is, they return home on public transport, having enjoyed a grand day out.”

Walkers meet every Wednesday between 9am and 9.30am at either Sheffield Interchange or the railway station. One team does a 10 to 11-mile walk, while the other opts for six to seven miles.

n New members are always welcome. Details of the next walk appear in The Star on Wednesdays, a week in advance.

 

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