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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Active Aileen walks tall at 90

At 90 years young, Aileen Cuckson should be putting her feet up.

But instead Aileen, of Wythop Mill, near Cockermouth, is putting her best foot forward and has just completed an 18-mile walk.

She walked from her home through Brandlingill, Loweswater and the Whinlatter Pass in nine hours to mark the 47th anniversary of a walk which she had organised in Kent, where she used to live.

She was joined by her son Richard, 63, daughter Ruth, 61, her personal trainer Barry Johnson and Richard’s dog Dudley.

Aileen returned to Orpington to take part in the 25th and 30th anniversary walks.

The West Cumbrian route was devised by Barry in 2007 so that Aileen could mark the 40th anniversary of the event, which she was unable to attend because of her husband’s ill health.

Aileen said: “My husband and I used to enjoy going on a lot of walking holidays.

“We trekked in Peru and I have been up many of the mountains here.

“I have always loved walking and I try to get out for walks locally every day. I do sessions with Barry regularly to improve my core strength.

“I always say that I have been jolly lucky with my health. I must have my mother’s genes as she lived until 101.”

Aileen and her husband Wilf moved to Cumbria in 1974 when he was offered a job as a scientist at an opencast mine. He died two years ago.

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