PLAYING four rounds of golf in one day is challenging for anyone.
But for cancer sufferer Mark Appleyard, it was a challenge he was determined to accept – and to complete.
The 35-year-old from Linthwaite has been battling cancer but was determined to do his bit for charity.
He is in remission having had surgery to combat the disease.
He joined three friends in The Longest Day Challenge at Bradley Park golf club.
The four – who all coach youngsters at Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club – played four rounds of golf in a little over 12 hours.
They began their first match at 8.30am and walked off the 18th green for a fourth time at 8.50pm that night.
The players had walked more than 25 miles and between them, played more than 1,200 shots.
Mark, who originates from Mirfield, was diagnosed some years ago with skin cancer and later found it had spread to his lymph glands.
He has recently had surgery but was determined to do the challenge to help Macmillan, who have supported him in his recovery.
“The support from the Macmillan team has helped me and my family get through this.
“I want to extend a special ‘Thank-you’ to the lads for completing the challenge.
“As an ex-boxer and a boxing coach, I have got through some tough fights over the years but this has been the hardest.
“It was a special day to achieve all 72 with my fellow coaches from the Rawthorpe club.”
Mark Reynolds, who took part in the event, said; “It was really tough for us all but I have to take my hat off to Mark.
“He insisted on carrying his own golf clubs all day, without a trolley and was determined to complete the day.
“I lost half a stone so he must have lost even more.
“I have met some real tough characters over the years but he is up there with the best”.
Viki Nixon, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “It seems that everyone knows of someone who is affected by cancer.
“Every penny raised will go to help us reach more of the people who need us”.
The golfers hope to raise £1,000.