Causeway's Michael to tackle 1,200km run from Antrim to Kerry
A Causeway native has pledged to undertake an epic 1,200km run from the Giants Causeway in Antrim all the way to his home village of Causeway here in Kerry - all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
Michael McEnery, who has previously completed a 200 mile run from Dublin to Kerry in aid of the charity, will start his 'Causeway2Causeway' long journey home from Antrim on June 16 and will follow the 900km 'Ireland Way' hiking route through 14 counties and four mountain ranges; the route will finish in Castletownbere and from here, Michael will turn towards Kerry and head onto Causeway.
Speaking to The Kerryman Michael said that he hopes to complete the mammoth challenge, which roughly translates to just over 745 miles, in just 14 days.
"A famous Causeway hurler by the name of Maurice Leahy, we were talking over a ditch one day and he mentioned that a few years ago, he and a group of his friends were planning on doing a cycling trip from Causeway to Causeway, but that it never materialised," he said, speaking on Tuesday.
"Lo and behold, that name 'Causeway2Causeway' started to get stuck in my head and slowly but surely, everything started to take off from there. Nowhere else in Ireland would be able to pull off that name, our village is aptly named!" he laughed.
Despite the huge task facing him in just over five weeks time, Michael - who raised over €25,000 for charity through his 2016 Dublin to Kerry run - said that his upcoming task is small fry compared to the battles and challenges faced by those currently fighting cancer all around the country.
Michael, who has seen close family members struggle with cancer, said that running has been his emotional release over the last few years and it made sense to use this as a means to help fight the disease.
"Running is a coping mechanism for me and the way I look at it is that if I can do something as small as this run, then I can help other people and other families to keep fighting everyday. If I can keep going and do this, they can keep going and I can help all those struggling in a small way," he continued.
Michael said that he cannot put a figure on how much he wants to raise but he hopes that anything and everything will help the charity. On a personal level, Michael admits that he's a little bit nervous but that once he gets out onto the road, he'll be happy as he slowly makes his way home.