JOHN RULLO: Family on the Mighty Hike for Macmillan

It was fantastic to be back doing a Macmillan Mighty Hike in Yorkshire last month.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 4:55 am
The McNamara family of Hawkley Hall
The McNamara family of Hawkley Hall

There was an even greater sense of euphoria this year as everyone involved from hikers to our Macmillan Challenge Events team celebrated finally coming together in beautiful scenery.

I’m wishing “good luck and good going” to the McNamara family from Hawkley Hall who have been in training along the canal and round the Flashes for the upcoming Thames Path Mighty Hike on July 17.

Dad Mike, 71, and four of his six grown-up children, John, Cathy, Lynn and Michelle are all doing the 26-mile hike in memory of Cathy’s partner Don Court, who sadly died last year after being treated for cancer.

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Mike, a retired goods fitter is heavily involved with the Brian Boru Irish Club on Bryn Street and has received fantastic support for the family’s sponsorship page from members, relatives and friends.

They have so far raised more than £3,800, smashing their £2,500 target.

Mike said: “It’s lovely to all be out together training as a family. Sadly like so many others, cancer has touched our lives over the past few years and we have experienced first hand the amazing work that Macmillan does and how vital their services are. It is important for us to do this in memory of Don.”

To sponsor the McNamaras go to

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