From Glen Lussa to Glen Nevis, Daryl embarks on hike for health

Daryl Landeg is completing the charity challenge in memory of his late wife, Cheryl.
Daryl Landeg is completing the charity challenge in memory of his late wife, Cheryl.

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A Peninver man set off on a mammoth 150-mile trek from Glen Lussa to Glen Nevis this week to raise money for the cancer centre where his late wife received ‘exceptional’ treatment.

Daryl Landeg will complete the sponsored walk from Kintyre to Lochaber in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity which raises funds for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre where his wife Cheryl, who died in February this year, was treated after being diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Daryl set off on Monday – a day after his 59th birthday – and expects the journey through some of Scotland’s toughest terrain will take him 12 days to complete, with an anticipated finishing date of September 19.

Most days he will walk about 10 miles but the longest day will be 18 and a half miles. ‘And there are a few hills along the way!’ he added.

Speaking to the Courier before he set off, Daryl explained: ‘I’ll start on the Kintyre Way then join the Cowal Way by taking the ferry across to Portavadie. I’ll then go across the other side of Loch Lomond and join the West Highland Way.’

Most nights he will camp along the route but he has booked three nights bed and breakfast. ‘I might need to dry off and have a hot shower,’ he said.

Daryl explained although he has hiking experience, he has only ever done day trips, or backpacking and sleeping overnight.

‘I’ve been building up the walking,’ he said of his training schedule. ‘I started off doing four miles every day and built up to 10 miles several days a week. Finally, I’ve been doing 10 plus miles a day wearing a backpack weighing more than 30lbs. I’ve spent lots of time hiking around Lussa.’

Officially Daryl’s challenge ends in Glen Nevis, but there might be another challenge. He explained: ‘My son Rio and his wife Meaghan are going to meet me in Glen Nevis and, if the weather is good, we’re planning to climb Ben Nevis on September 20.’

Explaining his decision to raise money for the Beatson, Daryl said: ‘They do great work there. It’s not just the treatment, it’s how they care for people. They go out of their way to provide little comforts – they have hairdressers in and people doing massages. On one of the floors, they’ve got a lovely little area that’s more like a coffee lounge than a hospital ward. This is just to recognise that.’

Daryl, who has set up a JustGiving page, hopes to raise £1,000 and has so far received about half of that amount.

He said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my challenge. People have been really generous and I’ve received some very kind words.’

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hike4health