Beacon hero cycles the height of Mt Everest

Kevin at the finish with his parents and daughters
Kevin at the finish with his parents and daughters

CALL him super-fit or maybe foolhardy but Kevin Tourle is an endurance hero after cycling 36 times up Ditchling Beacon for Sports Relief.

Kevin from Hassocks began his marathon on Friday morning and kept cycling for more than six hours up and down one of the steepest gradients on the South Downs.

Kevin cycled the equivalent height of Mount Everest, taking just six minutes to complete each climb at the start but slowing down as tiredness took hold.

He said: “After twenty climbs I thought crikey - I do feel tired! It was taking me twenty minutes to cycle up there but when there were just ten climbs left to do I could count down to the finish and that made it easier. By the end I could have gone on to do more!

“I had brilliant support from friends, my parents, Brian and Gloria, and from my wife Ali and our children, Ella and Maisie, who came to support me before and after school. I’ve raised about £1,500 and I raised £100 at the summit just from dog walkers and hikers.

“I must have burnt off thousands of calories but when I got home I was too tired to eat!”

Kevin says he felt fine the next day and at the start of this week he was back cycling up the Beacon to his office in Hove.

You can read about Kevin’s heroic efforts and other Sports Relief heroes in this week’s Middy, which is out on Thursday, March 29, with a special picture spread.