Councillor back on home soil after ‘fantastic’ journey

Councillor Peter Price.  � Paul David Drabble.
Councillor Peter Price. � Paul David Drabble.
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He may be feeling a little tired and sore, but Councillor Peter Price can look back on a remarkable achievement indeed.

For the 75-year-old, who is Sheffield’s longest-serving city councillor, is now back home after cycling 300 miles across Central America.

The grandfather-of-nine and dad-of-four, who has a knee implant, passed through Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in just six days - and said the trip was ‘fantastic’, despite the challenging terrain.

“It was very tough,” said Coun Price, who represents the Shiregreen and Brightside ward and lives in Sheffield Lane Top.

“It was 38 degree heat most of the way, humid and very hilly, but it was a wonderful experience. I’m still feeling a bit sore though!”

The councillor was part of a 21-strong team, who all managed to complete the epic ride.

“Some of the views were magnificent, and we saw so much wildlife. I saw toucans and sloths, and we were constantly circled by vultures - maybe they were trying to tell us something! The Panama Canal was very impressive.”

He added: “I’ve done quite a bit of cycling around the world, I’ve been to Mexico, Ecuador and rode from London to Paris, but nothing like this.

“People have ideas about countries like Nicaragua, but the countries themselves are so nice and peaceful.”

Coun Price said he’s mulling over whether to take on a similar ride next year.

“I always say never again, but we will see. Perhaps I’ll do something less hilly.”

So far the trip has raised £3,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, but donations are still being collected.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Peter-Price5 to sponsor.