Darlington Cycling Club: Clive Nunn’s story
Meet Clive Nunn, who has had his heart valve replaced and still cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise funds for the BHF.
Clive Nunn, 75, a retired car salesman and school caretaker, only started regular cycling in his 40s. he took it up as a way of getting exercise, and after a couple of years decided to join a cycle club.
Clive, a widower with three children and six grandchildren, had an aortic valve replacement in 2008. He says: “When I was climbing hills I felt I was getting out of breath, like I was not breathing properly. At first I put it down to a chest infection.
“When I went to see the doctor he sent me for an exercise ECG and they found I had angina. I went on to have an echocardiogram and they found I had a problem with my heart valve. I had the valve replaced and then I did cardiac rehab classes. I started riding my bike again after six months and then just built it up from there.”
Clive got a lot of support and information from the BHF when he was having his valve surgery and afterwards, and says it helped a lot.
I do it for the camaraderie and the exercise
He says: “Fifteen months after the operation I cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. I did it to raise money for BHF and I raised £823. I have got the certificate of appreciation on my wall!
“I know the work the BHF does and the research that they do which needs funding.
“And my children and grandchildren have been very supportive – I couldn’t manage without them.”
Clive usually cycles four times a week, including two club rides. He says: “I do it for the camaraderie and the exercise.
“There are some young ones who are absolutely amazed at what we ‘vets’ do. It is an interesting life.”