11, 2017 VIDEO:
Burnham fundraiser climbs Brean Down 100 times in one day
Burnham-On-Sea fitness instructor has completed a gruelling challenge
of walking up and down Brean Down 100 times in a day to raise money
for a children's charity and inspire others to conquer their personal
Topham, 26, a lecturer at Bridgwater College, was cheered on by
family and friends yesterday (Saturday, June 10th) as he completed
the incredible 44,000 step challenge in just under 12 hours.
started at 6.10am and finished at 6.09pm, climbing 9,700 metres
during the day. Strong winds added to the difficulty of the challenge.
friends and relatives also joined him to walk several flights of
the steps, but only he completed the full challenge.
was greeted with loud cheers on the final descent of the Down, where
he was hugged by family and friends.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards, he said it felt "amazing"
to have completed it, saying that he was "feeling fine".
said that this is "only the beginning", with more fitness
challenges being planned for the future.
said the challenge has been "the furthest he has ever pushed
himself in terms of fitness."
was raising money for CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity and
Sensational Kids Somerset. A final figure for how much was raised
is being calculated.
why he did the challenge, he said: "I walked up and down the
steps 10 times about two years ago and thought at the time 'I wonder
if I could do 100?'"
thought stuck with me and I recently realised it would be a great
way of raising money at the same time as achieving a personal goal."
pictured being congratulated by his mother at the end, added: "I
wanted 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 be healthy and active - it makes you feel great."
total, Sonny climbed 44,000 steps over the 12 hours. He climbed
the equivalent of Mount Everest, which sits at 8,848 metres, compared
with the 9,700 metres he faced.
Lynch, Chairwoman of Sensational Kids, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are all amazed at what Sonny has done and hugely grateful.
He is such an incredible, positive person who has inspired us all
also has also helped raise money for us and raise awareness of the
work we do, which is superb. Sensational Kids provides support to
families with children with additional needs. A big thank you goes
to Sonny for all his backing."