VIDEO: Sheffield 100-year-old has spent a lifetime walking

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From the dramatic Bavarian Alps to the beautiful Peak District, Sheffield centenarian Ulrich Weigert has spent a lifetime walking.

And the sprightly great-grandad, who came to England as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, shows no signs of slowing down after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Ulrich Weigert marked his 100th birthday with his usual weekly walk around Endcliffe Park in Sheffield.

Ulrich Weigert marked his 100th birthday with his usual weekly walk around Endcliffe Park in Sheffield.

He marked the happy occasion with fellow walkers who he still strides out with through Endcliffe Park every week with a little help.

Ulrich, of Hunters Bar, said: “I’ve always walked from childhood onwards, I’ve always liked the hills and getting to the top.

“It’s one of the things that has kept me young – I’ve never smoked as well.

“Here in Sheffield walking is still very popular but there are many other people who never walk nowadays and sit in their cars.

Ulrich Weigert celebrates his 100th birthday with his weekly walk around Endcliffe in Sheffield

Ulrich Weigert celebrates his 100th birthday with his weekly walk around Endcliffe in Sheffield

“Cars are a useful tool but the Peak District is over populated with them now.

“The secret to a long life I’d say is make sure your parents don’t die too early! My father was 97 when he died, my grandfather 89.

“I certainly enjoy having a bowl of muesli every day too but whether it has prolonged my life I can’t tell!”

Ulrich was born during the First World War on October 12, 1914, in Somthofen, in the Bavarian Alps.

Ulrich Weigert celebrates his 100th birthday with his weekly walk around Endcliffe in Sheffield

Ulrich Weigert celebrates his 100th birthday with his weekly walk around Endcliffe in Sheffield

At the age of 20 he came to England as a refugee during World War Two.

“Because I was Jewish my father was very conscious of what was going on and said there was no future for me there,” said Ulrich.

On his second day in England Ulrich took a train from London to Manchester, which gave him his first glimpse of the Peak District.

He was a frequent visitor to Edale to escape the air pollution of Manchester and remembers the mass trespass of Kinder Scout.

But fate intervened in his new life and Ulrich, along with other wartime refugees, was sent to Canada as an ‘enemy alien’ falsely suspected of being a spy.

He lived there in camps before being transferred to military barracks on the Isle of Man, and was finally released in 1941.

Ulrich said: “There were rules that prisoners should be properly fed and we were given better food than a lot of other people.

“But I was worried about my parents in Germany and my sister working as a nurse in London during the Blitz.”

Ulrich went on to be an analytical chemist in the steel industry, campaigned over fluoride in tap water, and had two children with wife Barbara.

He has taken part in the Endcliffe Park health walk since it was launched 10 years ago and took up yoga – at the tender age of 99.

Anna Benson, volunteer health walk leader, said Ulrich turned up even during heavy snow and ice.

She said: “We have a lot of people in their 80s taking part but Ulrich is exceptional.

“He’s got more determination than most people in their 50s, he is still interested in the world and has a great sense of humour.”

Friends celebrated with Ulrich by baking him four types of cake and singing happy birthday at the Endcliffe Park cafe.

His daughter Susie, 60, of Edinburgh, said: “We are all so proud of him for lots of reasons – he loves life and never sees anything as a problem.”