Dr Martin McMullan, whose sons are playing members of St Patrick’s GAC Lisburn, yesterday completed his virtual Camino walk in the garden of his own home, a project that has raised over £33,000 for Trócaire.
Martin completed the 120 kilometre walk at 3.37 yesterday May 4th (his 58th birthday), cheered on by family and friends, who all of course kept their safe distance under the Covid 19 restrictions.
Tired and very sore after his gruelling adventure Martin, who is suffering from cancer, was nonetheless in high spirits.
Speaking to the Irish News afterwards Martin said “It’s been very difficult. I had thought I might give myself six days to do it if I was struggling, but so many people knew about it and knew my birthday was today and that was when I said I would be finishing that I’ve had to push on.
“The first day nearly killed me. It’s not the same as doing the actual Camino where you have scenery and catching sight of the next town spurs you on. It is mind-numbingly boring”
Dr Martin has got great support from the GAA community within the county and of course you can still contribute to this very worthy cause by clicking on the link
Pics by Bert Trowlen