MARY Markstrom and Chris Farquharson will set off later this week on their epic 285km walk along the Camino de Santiago.
Starting at Roncesvalles, they will spend approximately 12 days walking, passing through Pamplona and La Rioja before reaching their final destination of Burgos.
Not scared of a challenge, or even two, Mary and Chris have set themselves a target of €1,000 sponsorship which they hope to raise in aid of the Animal Protection Association ‘El Capricho’ in the northern area of the province of Granada to help fund to the vaccination, neutering and feeding of homeless dogs.
Mary, a retired health and social care worker-cum-boarding kennel manager from West Scotland, volunteered at El Capricho for five years up until last year when she relocated to Larva.
Chris, a retired accountant from Gloucester, walked the Camino de Santiago in 2014 in aid of a cancer charity after his wife died of pancreatic cancer.
Together, Mary and Chris enjoy an active lifestyle, attending keep-fit classes three times a week and spending most of their time walking amongst the beautiful mountains of Larva.
They took on the Camino de Santiago ‘for fun’ last year and this year they decided to combine their love of walking with their love of the El Capricho dogs and raise funds for the charity.
Spilling over the Pyrenees from France into Spain, the network of trails that make up the Camino de Santiago converges at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have trekked over the high plains of Castilla and the hills of Galicia, some to honour the Apostle James; others in the midst of their own spiritual journey.
The route has given rise to historic and religious sites that represent centuries of European architecture at its best as is recognised by UNESCO.
RTN will be following Mary and Chris along the way so stay tuned for updates.
If you’d like to sponsor them, check out their JustGiving page here.