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Gruelling challenge for sick writer

Columnist Jonathan Wilson, who is terminally ill with cancer, has defied doctors to complete a walk of the West Highland Way for charity.

Jonathan (30), who writes a column called Dead Man Writing in The Sunday Herald, aims to raise £16,000 for MacMillan Cancer Research and Ayrshire Hospice.

The 93-mile walk took seven days.

Jonathan told the Glasgow Herald: “I made the pledge to walk the West Highland way before I’d even looked at the map. The hardest part was the terrain – in some places it was very uneven and I couldn’t get a good rhythm going… I used to represent Scotland in athletics and this walk just confirmed to me just how unfit and sick I really am.”

He was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and was warned by his doctor that he should not do the walk because of his condition – but he refused to be held back by the illness and went ahead.

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