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Brainy Bryce limbers up for castle challenge

Brainy Bryce limbers up for castle challenge

Friday 17 March 2023

Brainy Bryce limbers up for castle challenge

Friday 17 March 2023

What goes up must come down, even if the ascent is greater than climbing Britain’s tallest mountain... and you’re wearing chainmail weighing 13kg...

Bryce Alford has carved a reputation as one of the island’s most innovative charity fundraisers after running the London Marathon in a brain costume, and completing a lap of Jersey’s coast on a pedalo, so why wouldn’t he want to climb up Mont Orgueil Castle 30 times, and abseil down again on each occasion?

Bryce’s latest foray to push the boundary of extreme fundraising is scheduled for Sunday 26 March, when he will join several other islanders taking part in the annual abseiling challenge to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity for which he is Fundraising and Events Manager.


Pictured: Bryce will complete the challenge whilst wearing 13kg of chainmail.

The challenge will see Bryce donning a chainmail costume weighing 13kg, and the total combined distance of his ascent will be an estimated 5,245 feet.

The highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, is 4,411 feet.

At the top, Bryce will be strapping on a harness to complete 30 abseiling descents of around 80 feet in height as he returns to the starting point and begins his next ‘lap’.


Pictured: Bryce will complete 30 laps of the challenge.

He said: “It’s right up there with the last two big challenges I’ve done – the chainmail is around twice as heavy as the brain costume and with all the climbing it’ll be as tough on the legs as the pedalo.”


Pictured: The total combined distance of Bryce's ascent in the challenge will be an estimated 5,245 feet.

Training has involved taking part in the weekly 5km Parkrun at Les Quennevais, as well as pounding some of the tougher sections of the coastal path near Corbière and Bouley Bay.

The target for the challenge has been set at £5,000, which would be added to the £40,000 Bryce has already raised for the charity.

“Four members of my family have been affected by brain injuries, and I hope these funds will go towards financing the exercise and swimming therapy classes we run for those we help,” he said.

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