1,000km Can­cer Char­ity Golf Trek

Can­cer sur­vivor Nick Ed­mund com­pletes part one of his char­ity golf trek

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Asia is now in the sights of for­mer Faldo De­sign Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Nick Ed­mund af­ter he suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first 1,000km of his epic can­cer char­ity aware­ness walk along the length of Ire­land’s spectacular Wild At­lantic Way.

The golf in­dus­try vet­eran has been on the road for two months af­ter set­ting off on 4 March from Ire­land’s most northerly point, Malin Head, walk­ing with a golf bag on his back and stop­ping off at golf clubs along the way to play the 4th hole at each one.

He ar­rived at Gal­way Golf Club at the week­end to a hero’s wel­come from friends and sup­port­ers, com­plet­ing the first half of his mis­sion when he sank his putt on the course’s fourth green.

It marked 56 days of walk­ing for the 56-year-old, who is tak­ing a break from trekking the route over the sum­mer – to pro­tect him­self from the sun, and avoid tourist traf­fic, as he is in re­mis­sion from skin, head and neck can­cer – be­fore tack­ling the re­main­ing 1,000km on 4 Septem­ber, when he sets off again from Gal­way Golf Club to fin­ish at the Old Head of Kin­sale on 1 Novem­ber.

How­ever, Nick won’t be put­ting his feet up just yet. Hav­ing stayed on for a few days’ rest and re­lax­ation in Ire­land with his wife, Teresa, who joined him to cel­e­brate their 30th wed­ding an­niver­sary the day af­ter fin­ish­ing his walk, Nick flew out to Viet­nam to at­tend the Asia Golf Tourism Con­ven­tion staged by IAGTO in Danang. IAGTO is sup­port­ing Nick’s Ire­land trek as an of­fi­cial spon­sor, and Nick will launch his Global-Golf4Cancer aware­ness build­ing and fundrais­ing cam­paign in Asia at AGTC, as part of a plan to take it around the world.

Af­ter re­turn­ing from Viet­nam, Nick plans to head back to Ire­land to visit the re­main­ing golf cour­ses he will be stop­ping off at on the sec­ond part of his Wild At­lantic Way

marathon walk, as well as those where he has al­ready played the 4th hole. He will be de­liv­er­ing the Global-Golf4-Can­cer flag so that clubs can fly it for four months from 4th June. He hopes that as many as 44 clubs will fly the flag over the sum­mer.

Nick’s even­tual aim is for golf clubs across the world to sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ef­forts and fly the flag at var­i­ous times to help boost the pro­file of their own lo­cal can­cer char­i­ties, as well as to in­spire the golf com­mu­nity gen­er­ally.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the first part of his amaz­ing Wild At­lantic Way hike – which he be­gan just weeks af­ter un­der­go­ing a hip re­place­ment oper­a­tion – Nick says that he is feel­ing a num­ber of emo­tions, the most over­rid­ing one be­ing that it has felt like a Churchillian ef­fort. He also ad­mits the last two weeks have been ex­tremely tough, with him hav­ing to walk every day with­out a break to reach Gal­way Golf Club, but he adds that fin­ish­ing the first part of the walk there was a great feel­ing.

Among those wel­com­ing him at the fin­ish line were mem­bers of Can­cer Care West, the west of Ire­land char­ity he has been rais­ing aware­ness for, along with the Ir­ish tourist of­fice, Failte Ire­land, North & West Coast Links Golf Ire­land, who have been help­ing to li­aise with lo­cal golf clubs, and mem­bers of Gal­way Golf Club.

“It was a good turnout but I’m sure it would have been an even big­ger crowd if it hadn’t been for the bad weather,” Nick laments. “About 51 of the 56 days I had no rain and in­cred­i­bly good weather, and it has been ex­tremely mild. But it felt like a warn­ing that I still have the sec­ond half of the walk to come and that the weather gods were just going to mark my card.”

Of his phys­i­cal shape, Nick says he still walks with a limp but it is far bet­ter than it was. He has also only suf­fered two blis­ters dur­ing the en­tire eight weeks on the road. “I was walk­ing through pain, but it never over­shad­owed the prize,” he en­thuses. “Given the end goal and the huge sup­port I have had, it was worth per­se­ver­ing how­ever much my leg hurt. I still feel full of mo­ti­va­tion. I am just ex­cited about what the possibilities are for the 4Flag cam­paign.”

Salut­ing Nick’s suc­cess, IAGTO Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Peter Wal­ton says: “The con­cept of Global-Golf4-Can­cer is tremen­dous and Nick has now made it come alive by com­plet­ing the ar­du­ous first leg down the Wild At­lantic Way, some­thing that could not re­motely be taken for granted par­tic­u­larly with a new hip! In­stead of re­cu­per­at­ing, Nick headed straight out to Viet­nam to launch Global-Golf4-Can­cer in Asia at our 6th Asia Golf Tourism Con­ven­tion. As the in­ter­na­tional golf tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are proud to be a part­ner in Nick’s ef­forts to glob­alise the cam­paign.”

Nick has been doc­u­ment­ing his progress along Ire­land’s Wild At­lantic

Way in a blog on the Global-Golf4-Can­cer web­site – glob­al­go­lf4­can­cer.org – while his exploits, in­clud­ing the sec­ond part of the walk, can also be fol­lowed on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram at GG4Cancer.

En­nis­crone Golf Club in Co Sligo

Nick Ed­mund play­ing the 4th at Ros­apenna

Nick Ed­mund com­pletes 1000km

Nick Ed­mund at Port­sa­lon Golf Club

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