We’ve had supporters take on some unusual challenges. But Coventry-based Stuart Kettell might be our wackiest to date, pushing a Brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon ... using just his nose.
Where did the idea come from?
‘After I finished my last challenge for Macmillan my brother turned round and said to me “You’ll be pushing a pea up Snowdon next” and I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Obviously it didn’t work with a pea so I went with a sprout. I tried it out in my back garden and also did a short trial run up Snowdon.’
Were there any particularly tough points?
‘The last two days of the challenge were a real killer. As I got nearer the summit it got colder with 40mph winds. I was pushing the sprout through puddles and my socks were soaking, but I never thought of giving up. My knees also went numb, they didn’t hurt – just went numb. Only now, a month later, are they returning to normal.’
Were there lots of supporters along the way?
‘There were loads. The media also picked it up. And with so many people following it, that inspired me to keep going.’
What did it feel like to reach the top?
‘Oh amazing. I don’t mind admitting I burst into tears, it was great.’
‘About 15 years ago I was working with Macmillan on a project and I remember thinking what you’re doing was fantastic. For me it’s not just about fundraising but letting people know what you provide, so I thought “Let’s do something really wacky to raise loads of awareness as well”. Macmillan also helped a really good school friend of mine, about two years ago.’
‘As soon as I finish one challenge I’m straight on to the next one. It’s going to be John O’Groats to Land’s End in a bathtub. We’ve built it around a recumbent bike, so all you’ll see going down the road is a bathtub and an exhaust pipe that’s a giant bubble machine.’
Watch Stuart’s amazing challenge.
Donate to Stuart’s super sprout challenge here.