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The father-of-five was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer (myeloma) in 2012 just after his 50th birthday which makes Martin on the highly vulnerable list, so during this pandemic Martin is living in his garden ‘shed’, sheltering from his wife and three children who are living in the house.
Martin is a member of St John’s Rambling Retirees Walking Club, he has been part of a group which is walking the French Camino, with the next pilgrimage trip due to take place next year. Martin also walks regularly with St Patrick’s Parish Walking Group in Lisburn.
Plans to walk the ‘Irish Camino’ around the Boyne Valley this summer have been affected by the current Coronavirus pandemic. However, one night on a Zoom call with siblings, while drinking a glass of Spanish Rjoja wine, he decided to complete the next stage of the Camino Francais in his driveway.
Martin plans on doing the walk just as he would if he was doing the real thing – only stopping when he would have reached a village. He has his guide book to keep him on track of where he’s going and what churches he would be passing on route. He will be continuously updating his Just Giving Page with his progress
Martin is undertaking the walk to raise money for Trócaire. He had targetted raising £500 but has managed to raise over £13,000 in just a couple of days.
Thursday 30th April – sets off from ‘Logrono’ to ‘Najera’ (28.9km)
Friday 1st May – ‘Najera’ to ‘Santo Domingo de la Calzada’ (21.3km)
Saturday 2nd May – ‘Santo Domingo’ to ‘Belorado’ (22.4km)
Sunday 3rd May – ‘Belorado’ to ‘San Juan de Ortega’ (24.2km)
Monday 4th May – ‘San Juan de Ortega’ to ‘Burgos’. (26.1km)
Tuesday 5th May – arrive in ‘Burgos’ for his 58th birthday