Man takes on epic charity challenge in memory of late wife

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:03 28 October 2016

Martin Hollow, Mike Read, David Hollow and Stephen Hill.

Martin Hollow, Mike Read, David Hollow and Stephen Hill.


A Winscombe man has completed an epic charity effort in memory of his late wife who died of cancer last year, completing the Great North Run before tackling the unenviable task of cycling the length of the UK - all in the space of two weeks.

Martin Hollow, aged 69, lost his wife Margaret to ovarian cancer at the age of 65, and took on the challenge for a charity close to his heart.

Macmillan Cancer support helped Mr Hollow and his wife through her nine-year battle with the disease.

He said: “I am lucky as I have a strong circle of family and friends.

“I am aware not everyone is so lucky and Macmillan support is only a call away should I need it, and this is a great comfort.”

Mr Hollow completed the Great North Run – which he ran several times alongside Margaret – on September 11 before climbing in the saddle days later to cycle 800 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Mr Hollow, who was joined by pals Mike Read and Stephen Hill, said the ride went ‘fantastically well’.

He added: “Some days were tough, and you think ‘what am I doing here?’, but I’d do it again tomorrow.”

Mr Hollow has smashed his £1,500 target, with more than £2,000 raised so far.

You can support Mr Hollow’s effort online via

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