Gosport to Gibraltar for cycling-mad Keith

Pic of Keith Harris at the top of the rock with a monkey!
Pic of Keith Harris at the top of the rock with a monkey!
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FROM one naval town to another, Keith Harris has cycled more than 1,200 miles from Gosport to the rock of Gibraltar.

The keen cyclist took on the challenge in a bid to raise money for charity in memory of his aunt Jo Smith, who died aged 66, and his uncle, Cyril Cowdrey, who died of cancer aged 78.

After a cool start in France, the 46-year-old from Kings Road in Gosport then took on the mountains of the Pyrenees and the heat of Spain before reaching Gibraltar two weeks later.

Keith averaged around seven hours of cycling every day and stopped off at hotels and met the locals along the way.

He raised almost £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and ME Solutions.

Keith, said: ‘It was harder than I thought. France was flat and cool and relatively easy.

‘Spain was the opposite. Once I was over the Pyrenees, which were very hard, Spain was very mountainous and every day was about 34 or 35 degrees. There was no shade.

‘It was testing. It was very hard to keep hydrated all the time.’

But Keith pushed on and eventually made it to the top of the rock where he met the famous monkeys of Gibraltar.

‘The fact that people were following the blog and following me and the money being raised kept me going a lot,’ he said. ‘People were always very helpful. There was quite a lot of respect for cyclists in France and Spain,’

Keith said his highlight of the trip was cycling over the Pyrenees.

‘The Pyrenees were just so beautiful and still lush green – it was very rewarding,’ he said. ‘I think relief was the overall thought at the end. I was pretty tired but very pleased to see the old rock of Gibraltar.

‘Gibraltar is an amazing place. It’s a fantastic place especially when you come from Gosport or Portsmouth – it’s a bit like Portsmouth Harbour or Old Portsmouth stuck out at the bottom of Spain.’ To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/ Keith-Harris2.