A Donegal adventurer and former soldier has undertaken a gruelling march across Ireland in support of a colleague fighting cancer.
Anraí Ó Domhnaill completed his charity power-walk in five days, covering 343.6km from Carrickfinn in west Donegal to the Curragh Camp in County Kildare.
The Carrickfinn man covered a strenuous 343.6km over five days walking from Carrickfinn to the Curragh Camp in Co. Kildare.
Anraí ‘s friend John, based in Kildare, was diagnosed with cancer and his colleagues in the Defence Forces organised a 5km fun run and obstacle course at the Curragh Camp to help raise funds for the Tullamore Cancer Unit where John is currently receiving treatment.
Anraí, who served in the defence forces with John, decided to support him and the charity event in a solo walk while carrying 19.5kg pack plus two hi-tech trackers to monitor his progress.
His total hours of walking reached 60 hours at an average speed of speed 3.6mph burning a massive 33,000 calories.
Camping out each night, Anraí’s route covered Carrickfinn on the Wild Atlantic Way to The Curragh on Ireland’s Ancient East via Dungloe, Glenties,Donegal Town, Finner Camp Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Mullingar Rochfordbridge Rhode, Portarlington,Monasterevin, Kildare Town, Curragh Racecourse to Curragh Camp.
He started out at 6pm on Friday 24th June and finished early morning on Thursday.
Anraí’s challenging walk inspired others to sign up for the charity 5k.
He received a huge welcome in the Curragh Camp from John and hundreds of army, navy & air corps personnel from around the country who had gathered for the 5km charity fun run/obstacle course which Anraí also completed on his arrival.
And of course Anraí did the 5k!
He told Donegal Daily: “I’d like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who supported the event.
“It was a tough journey but I enjoyed doing it and it was for such a worthy cause.”