Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

LANKAN SUNDERALIN­GAM COMPLETES CAMINO FRANCES JOURNEY

Braves heart surgery as he walks 799 kms inside 29 days

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An old boy of Trinity College Kandy Mark S.p.sunderalin­gam, a resident of Garmisch Partenkirc­hen Germany, started on the Camino Frances journey on his 69th birthday. He walked from St. Jean Pied De Port in France to Santiago De Compostela in Northern Spain covering a distance of 799 km inside 29 days. The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral records reveal that he is the first Sri Lankan at the age of 69 years to walk the distance of 799 km in 29 days. Three weeks prior to his starting on this mega journey he had undergone surgery where three stents were implanted. He is a Trinity rugby ‘Lion’ and represente­d Trinity in the late 60’s under Glen Vanlangenb­erg. Mark also represente­d Havelocks and was a member of the famous Trinity third row which comprised two rugby legends of yester year Gamini Fernando and Noel Brohier. When asked what he had to say about this 799 km walk across Spain, he stated that it was a mega challenge and on three occasions he wanted to give up as it was far too much for him physically and mentally to continue with the journey. The temperatur­es were rising to levels as much as 36 Celsius and there was a heat wave on in northern Spain. He said his Trinity rugby ‘Lion’ on his rucksack and his friends and fellow Trinitians keeping him motivated helped him move on and look to the end. He said that if not for them he could never have accomplish­ed this mega mission.

Finally Mark stated that he is proud to be a Trinitian, Sri Lankan and a Bavarian. God bless my school Trinity College Kandy; the best school of all. Respice Finem. A close friend

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