Belfast Telegraph – Noel breaks the record for walking round Northern Ireland

Noel Johnston has battled blisters and hip and joint pain for the last 27 days as he aims to beat the record for the fastest walk around the Ulster Way.

But it has also been a long personal journey for the 29-year-old unemployed father-of -one as he seeks to do some good after overcoming a gambling addiction.

Noel left his eight-year-old daughter Rhiannon on Father’s Day, June 21, to walk alone around the famous route developed by trekker Wilfrid Capper in 1964.

Today he is expected to walk from Bangor to Belfast and then along the towpath into Lisburn this evening to claim a new record for doing the Ulster Way in just 28 days – beating the old one of 32 days…

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