Outside Edge: Old man is finally over the hill

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Some competitive dads never know when to let go, but in Charles Burr's case that's a good thing. The 57-year-old from Wilmslow and his son Oliver, 29, have become the first British father and son to climb Everest after Charles finally reached the summit. They attempted the feat in 2004 but while Oliver succeeded, Charles had to turn back 350 yards from the top, due to poor weather conditions. Now he's finally past his peak. "I'm still walking on air," Charles said, but it's a good job he didn't do it on the mountain.

Meanwhile the Reverend Kevin Fast – aka the "Powerlifting Pastor" from Cobourg, Canada – and his son, Jacob, have set a world record for the heaviest vehicle to be pulled by two people, two fire engines weighing a combined 153,000lb, which they dragged 100ft in 38 seconds. Fast Snr also lifted 22 women on an 8ft by 3ft platform. The vicar is good at picking up ladies. But keep mum about that.


Amount spent by City of York council to erect a fence on a playing field in Heworth. The only problem is that it goes straight through one of the goals on a football pitch. £37,000 of equipment is about to go into the park. Let's hope they can stretch to a new goalmouth. Talk about a solid defence.

Stunned striker charged by police

Footballers could be in for a big shock when they turn up for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Danko Lazovic, a Serbian striker who is the leading scorer in the Russian Premier League, was celebrating a victory by giving his shirt to a fan in the crowd when he claims he was tasered by a policeman during Zenit St Petersburg's match at Volga Nizhny. It probably didn't help that Zenit's fans are famed for going bare-chested even in the middle of winter. The lesson is, keep your shirt on.

In Melbourne, Aaron Eccleston of Old Hill Wanderers was sent off for having a genital piercing. To add injury to insult, he had been hit in the groin by the ball and was lowering his shorts to have a look when the referee spotted it and gave him a second yellow card for not taking it off. You should always show the ref your studs before you come on.

Good week

Pietie Coetzee, a 32-year-old South African hockey player, became the highest-ever scorer in her 224th Test, overtaking Natella Krasnikova's tally of 220 goals for Russia.

Essex cricket fans can enjoy Lazy Bar Walkers (LBWs), who will queue for beer at Twenty20 matches at the instigation of The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers.

Texas Rangers baseball fans, 33,533 of whom broke the world record for mass wearing of sunglasses at night – including former president George W Bush.

Bad week

Ryohei Yamanaka, the Japan fly-half, faces a ban after failing a drugs test because he was using a hair-growth cream, which contained steroids, to grow a moustache.

Shane Warne, the ex-Australian cricketer, was voted the least trustworthy of of a list of 100 Australians, in a survey conducted by Reader's Digest.

Margaret Musgrove, a 63-year-old Leeds United supporter and great grandmother, has been banned from watching the team for 12 months after running on to the pitch during the final home game of the season to tell the players she loved them.

The emperor's clothes... and his penguin

There was plenty of naked ambition on show on the Gower Peninsula in Wales, as 400 hardy swimmers disrobed in a bid to break the record for the world's biggest skinny dip. They had to stay in the water for at least 10 minutes, off Rhossili beach, but they easily outstripped the old mark of 250.

There has been plenty of attention this week for the penguin that washed ashore on Peka Peka beach in New Zealand after it took a wrong turn and, in a remarkable feat of endurance, swam around 2,000 miles from its home in Antarctica. It was the first emperor penguin to turn up in New Zealand since 1967.

Edge is hoping for a happy ending, like there was for the nine-month-old bullock which jumped 15ft off a cliff and ran into the sea at Baggy Point in Devon, after seemingly being spooked by loud music at a nearby festival. It was rescued by coastguards on jetskis.

Perhaps it was struggling to make itself herd. Or just milking the attention.