Wigan dad completes gruelling million step journey for tinnitus awareness
A Wigan dad has completed a gruelling 625-mile journey along Spain’s tough Camino pilgrimage route.
Bernie Molloy, 58, from Standish, finished the trek from Seville up the length of Portugal to Santiago De Compostela in six weeks, raising more than £1,000 for the British Tinnitus Association.
After retiring from Heinz 18 months ago, he began suffering with a persistent version of the ear condition, which he calls “debilitating” at times.
Bernie is now back in Standish after walking the 1,017km Via de la Plata, carrying everything he needed on his back and staying in auberges, traditional accommodation for pilgrims.
He had trained for months beforehand and completed the last stretch of his 1.44 million-step trip alongside his daughter, Laura.
Bernie said: “It was one of the most interesting and intense experiences of my life, as well as one of the most painful, with my feet disintegrating after two weeks, despite loads of training!
“There was a big range in countryside I walked through, from 35C heat in the wastelands of Extramadura to hailstorms and frosts in Galicia.
“There were very few walkers for most of the trip, but the camaraderie was outstanding. A real international band are attracted to the walk and I only met three Brits in seven weeks.
“The highlight was the beautiful countryside in Galicia and the low point being one of our fellow walkers dying on route.
"His son intends to finish off the walk for his dad next year.
“Thanks to those who contributed to the charity I was raising money for, the British Tinnitus Association.”
You can still support Bernie by donating to his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BernieMolloy3