Sheffield brothers tuk high road in global adventure

TWO Sheffield men are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime.

Kevan Pulfrey and step-brother Alex Saxton, both from Hillsborough, are preparing to travel more than 40,000km around the globe - by tuk tuk.

They aim to see the wonders of the world by visiting as many landmarks as they can in 37 countries.

Raising cash for charities close to their hearts along the way, they also hope to break a world record for the furthest distance travelled by motorised rickshaw.

Dad Kevan said: “If we had done it in a 4x4, everyone does it, if we had done it on motorbikes, everyone has done it.

“We couldn’t have done it on pedal bikes and this looked more fun. It’s a bit bonkers.

“There is a world record at stake too.

“We hope to see the wonders of the world, like Petra in Jordan, and find as many landmarks as we can really.”

The men came up with the idea after Alex, aged 28, asked a tuk tuk driver in Cambodia how much it would be back to England and was told it was ‘impossible’.

To challenge that, they bought their vehicle online and are gearing up to set off on Saturday, September 1, through Europe, Asia and the Americas in a journey expected to take about a year.

Highlights along the way include the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Italy and India’s Taj Mahal.

Money they raise through sponsorship will boost the Alzheimer’s Society, as two of the pair’s grandmothers had the disease, and the Stars Syncope Trust.

Kevan suffers from syncope, where people have unexplained loss of consciousness. He is trying to raise awareness of the little-known condition.

The 41-year-old, who took the rickshaw to test in France last week, said: “I can’t wait to start.

“I might faint on the way, but it doesn’t normally happen when I’m sat down as I will be on the rickshaw.

“I want to do this, not just for me, but to show people that having syncope doesn’t mean you can’t do things.”

The brothers have called their mission Tuk The High Road and are urging local businesses to sponsor them in return for advertising that will travel worldwide. n For more details, or to sponsor them, visit www.tukthehighroad.com or email sponsor@tukthehighroad.com