AN 86-year-old man has pulled on his walking boots in memory of his wife and other relatives who have died from cancer.

This is not the first time that Gordon McIntosh, of Prudhoe, has taken to pounding the pavement.

Sixteen years ago he walked alongside Hadrian’s Wall to mark his successful treatment for prostate cancer.

But now he has continued his walking goals in memory of his late wife Ann and his son’s Spanish sister-in-law Ima, who both died from cancer.

So far he has reached his goal of raising £1,443.72 in his charity walks for Cancer Research UK.

Gordon started his most recent challenge on July 12 and is set to finish on Sunday.

Although Gordon has not walked the wall as he did 16 years ago, he has been doing one mile each day to cover the length of it.

He said: “I drive from my home to the Prudhoe Country Park and walk a set distance in the Park which is well organised for walkers, joggers, dog walkers and cyclists.”

As the last walk looms on Sunday, Gordon has been reflecting. He said: “I’ve enjoyed my walks as I have met lots of lovely people and their dogs and made many friends.

“I’m pleased that I have raised and have already succeeded my 2005 aim, which was a total of £1144.10. I am very thankful of all the people who have gone to the trouble of sponsoring me. I am very grateful.”

Gordon’s son, Ross, an organisational coach specialising in well-being, has been his “PR man”, accompanying him on walks but also spreading word about his campaigns.

You can follow Gordon’s journey and read about his walks on his blog website, where there is an option to sponsor him. Go to: