No standing on one spot for Simon’s trek

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

HIS HANDS and foot are blistered, but come “hell or high water”, Castletroy man Simon Baker is going to finish his marathon trek from Dublin to Limerick.

HIS HANDS and foot are blistered, but come “hell or high water”, Castletroy man Simon Baker is going to finish his marathon trek from Dublin to Limerick.

Simon, a below the knee amputee, is walking on one foot and a set of crutches - without the aid of his prosthetic leg - from the capital to his hometown in aid of Childline and the ISPCC as part of his ‘One Step at a Time’ challenge.

Passing through Athy, Kilkenny and Clonmel, Simon will walk a gruelling 233 km over five days and will arrive to a huge homecoming with a BBQ and entertainment on Saturday at the Locke Bar.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader this Tuesday afternoon, Simon was on his way from Athy to Kilkenny, after walking a distance of more than 40km on Monday.

“It is going good, people have been fantastic. These are country roads so we are being safety conscious, but people are stopping to give us money, which is great,” explained Simon, who is originally from London, but has lived in Limerick for the past four years.

He was inspired to mount the challenge by his fiance Gillian, who works as a volunteer for Childline, and is accompanying him on his mammoth task, as are actor ‘Concy’ Ryan, Jason Kenny, personal trainer, and several others, including masseuse Orla Smith.

“It is a not a walk in the park, a motorised skateboard wouldn’t go astray now. Look, it is going to be tough. We were all in bits last night,” he admitted.

“The blisters are starting to come now, there is nothing you can do to prevent it, just pad them up as much as you can, grit the teeth and keep going. We have an excellent team, so that makes it easier.

“Come hell or high water, we will get to Limerick,” he added.

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