Thirty five-year-old Gavin Calloo has been a committed fundraiser for Beating Bowel Cancer since his Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer and sadly passed away two years ago.
“Beating Bowel Cancer had been helping Dad after he was diagnosed and I started to raise money to give something back,” Gavin says.
“The UK treks are great events to take part in.”
So far Gavin has completed two 100 km routes – the Thames Path last year and London 2 Brighton this year. He’ll shortly tackle the South Coast challenge.
“The Thames Path is my favourite in terms of scenery,” he says. “There’s Hampton Court, Kew Gardens and Windsor. The support was amazing – there were people standing outside their houses with their families offering lemonade. It was a great atmosphere.
“Generally people get involved with events like these because of a personal connection – someone close to them has been affected.
“And this is something that people can do for themselves while helping other people – there’s a great sense of achievement and it’s a very rewarding experience. Not a lot of people can say they’ve done these long events.
“Unlike the marathon where you feel you have to go as fast as possible, you can pace it out, it’s more enjoyable – you can really take in the scenery.
“There’s also the chance to meet people who have been through something similar to you. The second challenge I did in a big group and we had a lot of lovely chats and a laugh.
“You meet new friends, all in the same position and all people who have been affected in different ways.”
This year’s Thames Path Challenge takes place on September 10th and 11th and you can follow in Gavin’s footsteps by signing up by the end of July.