World Long Distance Cycling Champion
George Waller was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He became a national sporting hero in 1879 when he won the
world long distance cycling championship on a penny farthing.
Some of his winnings were used to build a bicycle and recreation ground in Byker. Also he employed
around 200 men constructing houses in Heaton, many are still standing.
Sadly he was killed at the age of 43 when his horse bolted and he was thrown from his trap.