Pilgrim's progress through Pembrokeshire
Buy this photo » Clive Cornish is currently walking through Pembrokeshire as part of his journey around Wales. PICTURE: Western Telegraph
Many people feel they have crosses to bear, but one man is taking his on a 500-mile journey around Wales.
Clive Cornish, from Ely, Cardiff, is currently walking through Pembrokeshire as he spreads the word of God while carrying a 12ft wooden cross which weighs in at 50lbs.
The 46-year-old made the cross 10 years ago and his first walk was only seven miles. Since then he has walked all over the country, and has even run the London marathon with it.
Clive said: “The first time I went out it was only supposed to be a one-off - seven miles from Cardiff to Rhymney - but it had such an effect on people I thought I’d carry on.”
He has a planned route and aims to average 25 miles per day. He has a support van which he sleeps in at night and is driven by his friend Steve White. He set off from home on Monday, September 2 and is hoping to finish by September 28th – to give him time to recover before he takes on the Cardiff half marathon on October 6th.
Clive is married and has three teenage daughters. He has the weekends off to go home and spend time with his family and get some rest, before taking on the next leg of his challenge.
“I have got a lot of blisters on my feet now and sometimes I wonder why I’m doing it, but I have a very positive response from the majority of people,” he said.
“There are the odd one or two who want to argue with you, but it’s surprising how many people open up to you and tell you about their lives and their problems.”
As well as stopping to talk, people he meets along the way also give him food and water. From Fishguard, Clive will continue to head north to Holyhead.
“Going to church isn’t fashionable, so I’m taking church out on the road. People seem to have forgotten God, but God hasn’t forgotten them,” he said.
“I don’t want ot go around knocking on people’s doors – this way people approach me and we can talk about whatever they want.”
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