FOR­MER RUN­NERS IN SPAN­ISH CHAR­ITY WALK

Athletics Weekly - - Dip Finish -

A GROUP of ex-ath­letes who trained to­gether as stu­dents more than half a cen­tury ago are re­unit­ing this month to tackle the lengthy Camino de

San­ti­ago hik­ing trail in Spain for char­ity.

John Caine of Gateshead

Har­ri­ers, Richard Tib­bott of

Herne Hill Har­ri­ers and Mike

Can­dlish of Jar­row AC started at Lough­bor­ough to­gether in 1965 and on Septem­ber 23 they are start­ing the 500-mile, month-long trek through Spain to raise funds for can­cer re­search fol­low­ing the death of Tib­bott’s wife, Cather­ine, to pan­cre­atic can­cer.

“It’s a size­able task for four old run­ners re-liv­ing the daily dis­ci­pline of putting in the miles day af­ter day af­ter day, care­fully tend­ing to leg mus­cles and ten­dons along the way,” says Caine, who will also be joined by fel­low Gateshead Har­rier and for­mer train­ing part­ner Bren­dan Fos­ter for part of the route. “But why would you not help a friend achieve his tar­get of rais­ing char­ity money while walk­ing 500 miles at the same time?”

To find out more, go to uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com and search for Richard Tib­bott – Camino de San­ti­ago.

Richard Tib­bott (left) and John

Caine

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