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Passionate sportsman John North dies aged 70
7:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A star of fell-racing, cyclo-cross and mountain bike events, John North, has died at the age of 70.
He particularly relished the long-distance fell and mountain challenges and embedded his name into Three Peaks folklore by becoming the first competitor to achieve a podium finish in both the fell race and cyclo-cross classics. This remarkable double was completed when he won the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross event in 1980.
Arguably though, his finest conquest, embracing some of the rugged contours of Craven, was his record mountain bike ride along the Pennine Way, where – despite him having to carry his bike for many miles due to the massive bog land and boulder strewn stretches – he completed the full distance from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders, in less than two-and-a-half days.
It is a record that has stood for more than 30 years and looks set to stand for a long while still.
A frequent and prominent competitor in the Three Peaks race for many years after his glory days, John, who was from Rawtenstall, finally faced a tough battle against cancer before being diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease.
It was just one mountain too high.
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