Peak practice pays off at Last for Annie

Annie Last

Derbyshire cyclist Annie Last hit the big time with Commonwealth Games gold – and she tells Michael Beardmore just how big a part her native county has played in her success.

IT WAS SUCCESS BORN IN THE DERBYSHIRE DALES – for a woman whose career is entering its very own ‘Peak District’. When Annie Last became ‘Annie First’ – by winning Commonwealth Games gold in women’s mountain biking – it was a world away from where she grew up. Well, half the world away anyway; even if Australia’s Gold Coast has just as much beauty, albeit of a different type, to Last’s native Peak District…