A dad has used the inspiration of his fitness drive to complete a 100-mile charity bike ride.
Hartlepool man Kev Fox, 32, only started bike riding earlier this year as a way of losing weight.
But his inexperience didn’t stop him from tackling the first ever London/Surrey Ride100 event. He was among 20,000 cyclists taking part in the gruelling 100-mile road race.
They set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, through London and out into beautiful Surrey before looping back and finishing on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Kev took part as a challenge after taking up cycling in January this year to get fit and lose weight.
He started cycling to and from work at Tata Stee,l in Hartlepool and then incorporated longer rides into his programme.
He has now lost five stones from his 22-stone frame since Christmas last year and thought to himself, it is time to up the pace a little.
First, he completed the 100-kilometre Virgin Cyclone race in Newcastle in June as a training ride for the Big London Ride100. Then he tackled the London race and raised money for the Epilepsy Society, as a friend of his has a daughter who suffers badly from the disorder.
Kev is keen to help fund the vital research that is needed to help those affected stay safe and lead normal lives.
Despite his inexperience, he completed the challenge in six hours and eight minutes, and has already raised more than £500 for the society.
But Kev would still very much like to hear from anyone willing to make donations.
They can do just that by texting FOXY60 and the amount £ to 70070. The funds go directly to the charity.
He said: “ It was a tough ride but the awesome atmosphere and beautiful views kept me motivated.
“And being cheered on up the Mall to the finish by my wife Gemma and daughter Talia made for a fantastic finish to an amazing day, I cant wait to sign up for next year.”
Just days after the event, Kev is already looking for his next challenge.
He is keen to complete the Whitehaven to Hartlepool 125-mile Coast-to-Coast challenge within a day.
And there’s another challenge closer to home. He will be teaching his six-year-old daughter Talia to ride a bike this summer.