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Man rolls Brussels sprout to the top of Mount Snowdon...with his nose

Stuart Kettell had previously raised money by running in a human hamster wheel, walking through Coventry on stilts and living in a box for a week

For some people reaching the summit of Mount Everest is a life ambition.

For others, it is hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.

For Stuart Kettell, it was climbing Mount Snowdon…while rolling a Brussels sprout with his nose.

The 49-year-old from Balsall Common in the West Midlands, began his sprout rolling endeavour on Wednesday, and after four days of nostril nudging he reached the summit of Wales’ highest peak on Saturday afternoon.

With the aim of raising £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer support, Kettell rolled the sprout 1,085m (3,560 ft) while crawling on his hands and knees.

Armed with knee pads, specialist gloves and a face protector to ensure his nose wasn’t put out of joint, Kettel used a total of 50 different sprouts, all carried on his back, to reach Snowdon’s peak.

Kettell is no stranger to weird and wacky challenges, according to The Mirror; he has previously raised money by running in a hamster wheel and spending a whole week living in a box, while raising £40,000 in the process.

The climb was filmed in its entirety by Kettell’s friend and cameraman Richard Crump.

Crump was full of praise for Kettell, who he said had lost skin on his knees and wrists but carried on regardless.  

After finishing his ascent, Kettell admitted that this was by far the most uncomfortable money raising effort he had had to endure so far.

He told the BBC: "It hurt my arms, my legs, my feet, my knees and my neck."

Kettell, who practiced for his climb by pushing a sprout around in his back garden, said the latest charity effort had made him question his insanity.

He said: "People definitely think I'm mad, and I'm beginning to think it myself."