A Wrexham solicitor is to attempt an 85 mile ‘Parish Walk’ in 24 hours later this month, whilst on holiday in the Isle of Man.
John Lancaster, who is a prominent mental health lawyer with leading law firm GHP Legal and a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, will set off on the walk at 8am on 22nd June with the aim of raising funds for Age UK Cheshire and Scripture Union on the Isle of Man.
The Manx Telecom Parish Walk is a unique endurance challenge where competitors have 24 hours to complete the 85 mile route which takes in all 17 of the island's Parishes.
John and his wife, who has family connections with the island, came across the annual event whilst visiting last year and John says he thought it would be an “interesting challenge”.
“Since my wife and I married we have been frequent visitors to the island”, says John, “and when we came across walkers participating in the challenge last year I thought that at the young age of 60 it was something I could do to raise money for a good cause or two.
“To complete the challenge I will need to walk 85 miles in under 24 hours. Many entrants plan to stop in Peel after 32½ miles but, all being well, I intend to keep going, walking back to Douglas by dawn’s early light.
“The Partners at GHP Legal have generously started off the sponsorship drive with £100 towards helping me raise funds for my two charities. Anyone else wishing to sponsor me can do so by visiting https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnLancaster2 to pledge money for Age UK, or by visiting https://www.give.net/JohnLancaster/fundraising to pledge money for Scripture Union on the Isle of Man.”