GolfAintEasy but a 2000km walk doesn’t sound easy either. Golf industry veteran and two-time cancer survivor Nick Edmund has successfully completed his gruelling marathon golf-walk along the entire 2,000km length of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, carrying a set of golf clubs on his back.
The 57-year-old former Faldo Design Managing Director received a tumultuous welcome from family, friends and well wishers as he arrived at Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links in County Cork, where he raised the Global Golf4 Cancer flag after playing the stunning clifftop 4th hole.
In remission for head and neck cancer, Nick walked the first 1,000km of the coastal route from Malin Head, in County Donegal, to Galway Golf Club, in County Galway, in spring 2017. His plan to complete the second half of the Wild Atlantic Way last Autumn, walking the remaining 1,000km from Galway to Kinsale, was thwarted when a new cancer diagnosis required four weeks of radiotherapy treatment followed by a nine-and-a-half-hour scalp-replacement operation. However, remarkably undeterred, he resumed his ambitious golf-walk in early March.
After toasting the end of his incredible achievement, Nick said: “I feel very tired – though not perhaps as shattered as I thought I might! My feet and right leg in particular are quite sore, but the plus side far outweighs any negatives.
“While I never doubted my determination to complete the task, a part of me is frankly amazed that I managed it – especially given I’d very little previous walking experience and, with the various cancer issues, I hadn’t played much golf or walked many golf courses in the past few years.
“I feel quite overwhelmed by the welcome, kindness and generous support I received in Ireland, both from the golf clubs and the Irish public. From first to last, the wind appeared constantly at my back and I reckon I was given at least a hundred thousand welcomes!”
On the backing he has received for Global Golf4 Cancer, Nick said: “The interest in the global potential of the campaign is very encouraging. Flying a special cancer awareness flag on the 4th hole of a golf course is, on the face of it, a relatively simple idea but one that seems to have really made an impression with the golfing community – and people want to support it. No doubt the main reason is because cancer affects the lives of so many people all over the world, but also, I think, because it’s a good-news golf story.
For more information about the Wild Atlantic Way 4-Flag Campaign, visit www.globalgolf4cancer.org