Llandudno gym owner to take on ambitious 900 mile hike in memory of grandmother


James Wilde

A GYM owner is taking on the ambitious challenge of walking between the two furthest points in Britain in memory of his grandmother.

Calum Stronach, 26, who has run NW1 Strength and Conditioning in Llandudno since 2013, is aiming to walk more than 900 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats unsupported – taking only a tent, a map and a backpack full of food and drinks with him – to raise money for St David’s Hospice.

This is the latest challenge the 26-year-old has set himself to honour his grandmother, Aileen Mackellar, 70, who died in the care of the hospice last March.

Calum said: “My gran was a very special woman, who showed an immense love for me and my family. We were very lucky to have her.

”The hospice were absolutely incredible with her when she spent four to five weeks there – and they couldn’t do enough.”

The idea for the walk came from talking to his mother’s husband, Paul Quinton, who had cycled the route.

Calum checked Google Maps to see how long it would take to walk it.

“They said it would take 11.6 days and I want to do it as close to that as I can,” he said.

To achieve that, he would have to walk 77.5 miles a day. The current record, with assisted support, is nine days.

Last year, Calum took on nine challenges for Cancer Research UK, including squatting 182kg every day and completing 10,687 burpees in 24 hours, which is awaiting verification as a Guinness World Record.

Calum will produce regular videos on his Facebook page in the lead-up to the event in which he will be volunteering with the hospice.

To donate to his walk, visit www.justgiving.com/calum-stronach1

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