Hip op cannot stop Norwich pensioner getting back on his bike

For most pensioners, a hip operation is a sign of time taking its toll on the body.

But for one man, having a hip replacement was merely another challenge to relish and overcome.

Now Geoff Woods, 73, is sending out a positive New Year message to others facing similar hurdles and setting an example with his fundraising efforts.

Four years ago retired panel beater Mr Woods, of Post Office Road, Frettenham, just north of Norwich, had his passion for sport curtailed by a hip replacement operation.

A keen footballer, cricketer and runner with City of Norwich Athletic Club, he was asked by his surgeon what he was expecting in terms of his mobility after the operation – and his answer was typically hard line; 100pc.

'The surgeon's immediate reply was excellent,' said Mr Woods.

'Recovery was slower than I had wished but I persevered, starting with daily walks, gradually building up my strength until I was able to throw away the sticks and the hard graft back to fitness began.'

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After six months he joined the Oasis Sports and Leisure Club in Pound Lane, Norwich, and with their expertise full fitness and mobility have been achieved.

Since the hip operation Mr Woods has completed a 12-hour row on a rowing machine for Cancer Research UK, a 10-hour exercise bike marathon for a friend who was climbing Kilimanjaro for motor neurone disease charities and even a parachute jump – though he says that was just to treat himself.

He has also done well over 200 spin cycle classes, as well as all day classes for various charities.

Not bad for a 73 year old who boxed for Norwich Lads Club and played football and rode go karts for the RAF.

Mr Woods said: 'The operation has given me my life back. Hopefully I can inspire someone out there who is going to have a new hip. There's so much you can gain if you do exercise.

'I'm fully mobile, maybe even more than before, I have proved you can do it.'

Have you battled adversity and come out on top? Call Joe Wilkes on 01603 772 439 or email joe.wilkes@archant.co.uk