Burnham-on-Sea fitness fanatic to climb Brean Down 100 times

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 May 2017

Sonny Topham

Sonny Topham


A Burnham-on-Sea man is set to walk up and down Brean Down 100 times to raise money for a children's charity - a challenge he hopes will inspire others to conquer a personal goal.

Sonny Topham, a lecturer at Bridgwater College, has been following a rigorous training regime which has seen him walk up and down the 97m steps 70 times – which took him more than seven hours – and he told the Mercury he expects his 100 to take him around 12 hours.

Walking up and down Brean Down will count as one climb and he said the training has been ‘the furthest he has ever pushed himself in terms of fitness’.

He will start at 6am on June 10 and has roped in some friends to do stints with him, but the 26-year-old will be the only one who completes the full challenge.

He said: “I walked up and down the steps 10 times about two years ago and thought, I wonder if I could do 100?

“Then the thought stuck with me and I thought it was a great way of raising money at the same time as achieving a personal goal.

“Anyone is welcome to come down and join in and see if they can get a personal goal.”

Sonny will be raising money for the CLIC Sargent Children’s Cancer Charity and Sensational Kids Somerset and has already raised more than £600.

In total, Sonny will climb 44,000 steps over the 12 hours and in terms of the distance he will have climbed, it will be higher than Mount Everest, which sits at 8,848 metres, compared with the 9,700 metres the 100 climbs will add up to.

Sonny added: “I think this is an interesting comparison in terms of the distance I will have walked upwards after the 100 are done.

“I want to do this not only to raise money but to show people anything is possible if you put your mind to it and how important it is to get outside and healthy and active as it makes you feel great.”

To sponsor Sonny, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/STPC

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