Hitchin’s inspirational Tobias Lekman set to trek gruelling ‘Kings Trail’ in memory of his late father and to raise funds for charity
PUBLISHED: 21:59 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 22:08 29 July 2018
A courageous Hitchin man is set to follow in his late father’s footsteps and trek the famous ‘King’s Trail’ in Sweden to raise funds to fight prostate cancer.
Tobias Lekman lost his dad two years ago to the disease. The impact on his life was profund and he ended up battling with panic attacks.
However family man Tobias turned his life around while also losing weight. Speaking to CometSport he shared his moving experience, saying: “The panic attacks made me feel like I was dying. I took medication to stop the symptoms. A year after his death, I was in no better state.
“I wanted to change my life and tried losing weight through personal training. I was heavily overweight and struggled with back pain.
“I decided to make further changes and had a gastric sleeve operation, removing 75 per cent of my stomach and have now lost 34kg.” Brave Tobias says he is now stronger, physically and mentally. He has stopped taking medication and the back pain is manageable.
He adds: “I needed to focus on a goal and wanted to get back to hiking again. I remembered when my dad tried to walk the famous “King’s Trail” in the north of Sweden. He never made it through to the end but I am determined to repeat his yourney and make it through.”
The walk is an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the deceased and the impact it has on the patient’s life as well as their relatives.
Tobias will be joining the “Fjällräven Classic” which runs between from August 17 to 24 along with more than 2,000 others.
The organised event relies on ‘leave no trace’ rules where you are not allowed to leave anything during your hike, carry all rubbish to the end and recycle it, as well as not using any cabins during the way.
You carry your shelter and food for the week and use the mountain streams for water source.
It starts 200k above the arctic circle and takes you 110km through some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
To sponsor the inspirational Tobias visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lekman.