Sussex man walks the coast of Britain

The Argus: Tom Braham raising money by walking around the British coast Tom Braham raising money by walking around the British coast

An adventurer from Sussex is aiming to fulfil a childhood ambition by walking the entire 7,000 miles of British coastline to raise money for charity.

Tom Brabham will set off on his epic challenge from Eastbourne Pier on February 5, a week after his 22nd birthday.

The former Hailsham Community College pupil aims to complete the trek in 10 months, arriving back home in time for Christmas.

Mr Brabham has been inspired by a book called Turn Right at Land’s End by John Merrill – the first man to successfully achieve the feat in 1978.

He said: “I’ve wanted to do this since I left school but unfortunately I felt I was too young and lifestyle choices got in the way.

“Travelling was put about as far back on the back burner as it can get.

“I believe this country is a beautiful place and I want to explore the land I’m from before travelling abroad.

“If anything the weather will be just as if not more diverse and the coastline and countryside here is incredible.”

Mr Brabham, from Hailsham, is a chef at The Old Oak Inn at Arlington, but will soon be swapping his whites for a pair of walking boots, map, compass and tent.

Air ambulance

All money raised will go to the Sussex Air Ambulance.

It costs £5million a year to keep the charity’s helicopters flying during daylight hours, but this figure will rise to £6million when a 24-hour service is launched later this year.

Mr Brabham’s journey will take him clockwise along the South Coast to Land’s End, Wales, north west England, Anglesey, Lancashire and Cumbria.

In the summer he will then cross the Scottish border into the Highlands, back into England and south towards London before following the Kent coastline to Eastbourne.

To sponsor him and find out more go to www.shoelace-express.co.uk, www.facebook.com /shoelaceexpress, or @shoelacexpress on Twitter.

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10:26am Tue 15 Jan 13

Atticus says...

Good luck to him! I walked to Paris at a similar age and it was HARD! Hope he has good boots.
Good luck to him! I walked to Paris at a similar age and it was HARD! Hope he has good boots. Atticus

12:10pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Algeria Touchshriek says...

My advice.

1. Get gel pads for the back of the heels
2. Soak your feet in Surgical Spirit Jollop well before setting off as it will harden your feet.
3. Fig Roll biscuits are the best source of energy in God's World
4. Whitley Bay can be VERY windy (even more than Scotland!)


Good luck. If i was 40 years younger, I'll join you!
My advice. 1. Get gel pads for the back of the heels 2. Soak your feet in Surgical Spirit Jollop well before setting off as it will harden your feet. 3. Fig Roll biscuits are the best source of energy in God's World 4. Whitley Bay can be VERY windy (even more than Scotland!) Good luck. If i was 40 years younger, I'll join you! Algeria Touchshriek

12:28pm Tue 15 Jan 13

down_under says...

Lucky bugger. Good luck dude.
Lucky bugger. Good luck dude. down_under

12:29pm Tue 15 Jan 13

down_under says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
My advice.

1. Get gel pads for the back of the heels
2. Soak your feet in Surgical Spirit Jollop well before setting off as it will harden your feet.
3. Fig Roll biscuits are the best source of energy in God's World
4. Whitley Bay can be VERY windy (even more than Scotland!)


Good luck. If i was 40 years younger, I'll join you!
Like.
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: My advice. 1. Get gel pads for the back of the heels 2. Soak your feet in Surgical Spirit Jollop well before setting off as it will harden your feet. 3. Fig Roll biscuits are the best source of energy in God's World 4. Whitley Bay can be VERY windy (even more than Scotland!) Good luck. If i was 40 years younger, I'll join you![/p][/quote]Like. down_under

1:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

RottingdeanRant says...

Great idea, just hope he has enough money to pay for our exorbitant accommodation prices. I keep to spain for my long hikes where you can stay somewhere for less than 30 euros a day. I do hope he manages to complete his task but I think he will be very luck to complete it within 10 months.
Great idea, just hope he has enough money to pay for our exorbitant accommodation prices. I keep to spain for my long hikes where you can stay somewhere for less than 30 euros a day. I do hope he manages to complete his task but I think he will be very luck to complete it within 10 months. RottingdeanRant

2:37pm Tue 15 Jan 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

By the look of his backpack I think he's planning on camping - so I especially wish him good luck as our weather has been diabolical as of late!

Take care young man & I wish you good luck in raising lots of money for such a good cause.
By the look of his backpack I think he's planning on camping - so I especially wish him good luck as our weather has been diabolical as of late! Take care young man & I wish you good luck in raising lots of money for such a good cause. getThisCoalitionOut

5:12pm Tue 15 Jan 13

PorkBoat says...

Good luck to him, but if he's walking round the coastline, why does he need a map and compass?
Good luck to him, but if he's walking round the coastline, why does he need a map and compass? PorkBoat

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